Dragon Matrix, the theatrical, mystery spectacular set within the woods of Monikie Country Park, has attracted attention from CBBC’s Blue Peter.
Presenter Barney Harwood, and the film crew, spent most of Sunday (October 9) filming at the event which features a family of virtual creatures, landmarks such as the fairy path and the red witch tree, as well two baby dragons in their newly built dragon nursery, all set to wow audiences throughout the month of October.
The team interacted with some local children and families, explored how the Dragon Matrix App works and interviewed Artistic Director Symon Macintyre.
With 20 talking Augmented Reality creatures to befriend (or be wary of!) on your journey, Dragon Matrix sees visitors embark on a quest to track six dragonstones, stolen from the Museum of Dragons, and a brand new fantastical installation, The Spirit of the Dragon, located in the woods of Monikie until Monday, October 31 (except 17 and 24 October).
Dragon Matrix is set to be part of Blue Peter’s show due to be aired on Thursday, October 20.
Following the success of the inaugural DragonQuest, which attracted over 5000 visitors last year, tickets for the follow-up family show Dragon Matrix are on sale via tickets.dragonmatrix.org.uk or the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath. Visitors are being urged to download the ‘Dragon Matrix’ App prior to their visit.
Vision Mechanics, the Edinburgh theatre company behind ‘Big Man Walking’, ‘Giants in the Forest’ and ‘Embrace’, is creating the event, which will once again see the woods lit up and inhabited by huge, illuminated installations against a backdrop of music, clever lighting and giant figures.
Symon Macintyre, Creative Director said: “We are absolutely delighted that our show has attracted the attention of Blue Peter, an institution when it comes to children’s television programmes. We were thrilled to show Barney and the crew around the woods and will all be glued to our screens on the 20th of October when the programme is aired.”
Kirsty Hunter, Chief Executive ANGUSalive commented: “It was a real treat to have such a prestigious children’s programme filming at ANGUSalive’s Monikie Country Park and fantastic to hear that Barney and his crew had thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Angus this autumn. You could feel the excitement in the air last night as visitors discovered Blue Peter had come to experience the magical world of Dragon Matrix and we cannot wait to see the story of their adventure on the programme later this month.”
‘Dragon Matrix’ is supported by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and is also part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. The event is also supported by ANGUSalive, the culture, sport and leisure trust for the county of Angus and, for the first time, by The Space, which works with artists and arts organisations to support them to create great art and reach new audiences using digital technologies and platforms.
Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.dragonmatrix.org.uk.
Tickets are also available from the Webster Memorial Theatre, 64 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AW - telephone 01241 435800, email email@example.com or via www.webstertheatre.co.uk.
The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 1-6pm and on Saturday, 10am-3pm. On performance nights, the Box Office hours will be extended, changing to Tuesday – Friday, 1-7.30-pm and on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays 6-7.30pm.
The main Woodland area and access to the North Pond at Monikie Country Park will be closed from 3 to 30 October. All other walks and trails, as well as access to all facilities are open as normal.
Further information is available at:
Website – dragonmatrix.org.uk
Facebook - Facebook.com/VMDragonMatrix
Twitter - https://twitter.com/vmdragonmatrix
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/dragonmartrix2016
Vision Mechanics can be contacted on telephone (0131) 554 8923, firstname.lastname@example.org or website www.visionmechanics.org.