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Goblins and trolls descend on Angus woods for new DragonQuest show

Goblins and trolls descend on Angus woods for new DragonQuest show

The deep dark woods of Monikie Country Park are about to be lit up by a colourful world of trolls, goblins and dragons.

DragonQuest is a theatrical night time spectacle featuring light shows, illusions and all sorts of mythical and magical creatures.

Designed specifically for Monikie woods, Edinburgh-based company Vision Mechanics has teamed up with animation students at DJCAD to lace the forest with "breath-taking" sets, giant figures and illuminated installations.

Incorporating an original storyline, the new high tech attraction will use both augmented reality and live theatre performance. Organisers say it is first time the two have been combined in this way.

With the backing of Creative Scotland and EventScotland, it is hoped that the hotly anticipated DragonQuest will rival Perthshire’s award-winning Enchanted Forest.

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Audiences will walk around the illuminated forest in search of various creatures while enjoying a spectacle of music, light shows, giant figures and live theatre.

Symon Macintyre, artistic director at Vision Mechanics, the company installing the colourful extravaganza, said audiences will be amazed by the show.

“It's not just about being tech-savvy, it's a great story of romance, magic and mystery that you, as an audience, discover as you walk in the woods," he said.

“Audiences will be amazed and intrigued by the impressive, interactive physical installations on offer and, through the downloadable App, can also enjoy a wider, high-tech experience."

By using the DragonQuest app, guests can reveal a hidden world of magical creatures around the forest. These can be scanned and photographed, and organisers are hoping people upload their 'finds' to social media.

"By capturing images they will trigger animations on their smartphones or tablets," continued Mr Macintyre.

"[These animations will show] fairies, hovering flies and goblins as they walk through the woods on their search for an ancient dragon that has supposedly come to rest there.

"But, technology aside, there will also be lots of more traditional, theatrical creations to see and explore on the night. With or without a smartphone, DragonQuest is an event for the whole family."

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Downloading the app means people will be able to use augmented reality to enhance their experience.

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland's regional partnerships director, said that DragonQuest was fast becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year.

"Every year, Angus welcomes visitors from all across the globe but I’m certain this is the first time we’ve played host to so many different mythical creatures," he said.

"DragonQuest is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated events of the year, boasting enthralling stories and state-of-the-art technology. I’m sure it will attract visitors from both the local area and beyond and make for an unforgettable visit to beautiful Monikie Country Park this autumn."

The new attraction opens on October 7 and runs until November 1 except on Mondays. Tickets are available from The Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath or online.

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