Angus Dragon Show Shortlisted in Scottish Thistle Awards!

Vision Mechanics, whose new production Dragon Matrix will kick off in the dark woods of Monikie Country Park in Angus this week, has been shortlisted for Scotland’s ‘tourism industry Oscars’ following the success of last year’s inaugural show, DragonQuest.

Lotte Kravitz and Emily Martinelli from the Dragon Protection League!

Lotte Kravitz and Emily Martinelli from the Dragon Protection League!

The Edinburgh-based theatre company is one of just three finalists in the ‘Best Cultural Event or Festival’ category of the Central, Fife and Tayside Regional Finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards 2016/17.  The awards are based on five regional programmes, with the winners progressing to the national final next year.

Announcing the news, Rebecca Brooks Chair, Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel said, “There have been a record number of applications this year, with an exceptionally high quality of entries and we are delighted to recognise you as an outstanding candidate.”

Dragon Matrix, a theatrical, mystery spectacular within the woods of ANGUSalive’s Monikie Country Park, opens to the public on Wednesday 5 October 2016, featuring 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.

Vision Mechanics will hear if they are regional winners at a dinner in Edinburgh on 10 November 2016.  The national winners will be announced on 16 March 2017.

Symon Macintyre, Artistic Director said, “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious award, fantastic praise after just one year of running the event.  Last year, DragonQuest attracted over 5,000 visitors and we are very much hoping to match or exceed that when this year’s sequel kicks off this week.  Not only are we providing a completely unique family event but providing the perfect footfall driver to this beautiful part of Scotland and particularly to ANGUSalive’s Monikie Country Park.

“More generally, we are particularly proud of how Vision Mechanics’ profile has grown over the past 12 months both within Scotland and internationally, with increased recognition of the company’s expertise in developing and delivering bold, ambitious, high quality site-specific productions.”


Tickets for the family show Dragon Matrix are on sale via or the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath.  Visitors are being urged to download the ‘Dragon Matrix’ App prior to their visit.

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.

Kirsty Hunter, Chief Executive of ANGUSalive said, “ANGUSalive is delighted that Vision Mechanics have been shortlisted in the Central, Fife and Tayside Regional Finals for the Thistle Awards in the category of ‘Best Cultural Event or Festival’ for the dragon-themed augmented reality adventure at Monikie Country Park. Their shortlistinga for this renowned tourism award is clear recognition that the DragonQuest, now Dragon Matrix, experience is not only attracting residents and visitors in its own right as an outdoor theatre spectacular, it is also captivating the attention of those in the tourism industry. We wish the team at Vision Mechanics all the best in this regional heat.”

Tickets can be purchased online at

Tickets are also available from the Webster Memorial Theatre, 64 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AW – telephone 01241 435800, email or via

The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-6pm and on Saturday, between 10am and 3pm. On performance nights, the Box Office hours will be extended, changing to Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-7.30-pm and on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm-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.

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Vision Mechanics can be contacted on telephone (0131) 554 8923, email or website




ANGUSalive, Scotland’s latest culture, sport and leisure trust, has been operating since December 2015. The trust offers residents and visitors to Angus a wealth of services which promote healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices using our sports centres, country parks, theatres and venues, museums, galleries, archives and libraries across the county. For more information visit: or


EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews.  EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

  • 2016 will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity.
  • The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design started on 1 January 2016 and will run until 31 December 2016.  It will build on the momentum generated by the 2015 Year of Food and Drink as well as previous years including Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Year of Creative and the Year of Natural.
  • Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland’s position as an “innovation nation”, its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed fashion, textiles and design sector.
  • The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, supported by partners including Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historaic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
  • The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design events fund is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate


The Space works with artists and arts organisations to create great art and reach new audiences through digital technologies and platforms. From learning and skills through to funding and commissioning, the organisation supports the best new and original talent.  The Space was founded by the BBC and Arts Council, England.

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