Dragon Scarers to Protect Angus

As an ancient dragon prepares to take up residence in an Angus park, local communities are gearing up to protect their schools, homes and gardens.

With DragonQuest’s arrival in Monikie Country Park just days away, a series of workshops are being held throughout the county to safeguard local communities, by creating totem pole dragon scarers of approximately 3.5 metres in height.

Symon Macintyre, Artistic Director of Edinburgh-based Vision Mechanics, the theatre company behind DragonQuest explained, “Dragons, without intending to, can accidently crush and damage our properties and communities.  In order to make sure the Dragon stays away from your school, garden or house, we’re urging local communities to design and make a dragon scarer, and decide where it should stand. These imposing scarers will also contribute to the buzz being created as DragonQuest prepares to kick off on the 7th of October.”

Alison Monaghan and Heather Fraser, members of the Dragon Protection League and workshops leaders, will work with over 100 local residents, including local school children, to create scarers out of willow, latex, muslin, fabric and paints, using kinetic movement and solar lights to bring them to life at night.  The workshops are being funded by The Gannochy Trust, a ‘CashBack for Communities’ award (part of YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work) and Creative Scotland.

One dragon scarer is being produced per group, with workshops taking place at Ladyloan Primary School, Arbroath (two primary seven groups of 41 children), Monikie Primary School, Monikie (primary 6 and seven, 21 children) and Newbigging Primary School, Newbigging (primaries four to seven, 17 children).  Workshops will also take place at four local youth groups and in Lilybank Resource Centre, Forfar.

Lesley Milloy, Head Teacher of Monikie Primary School said, “As DragonQuest approaches, our school and our pupils are really excited to be playing a part.  Through these workshops, we are providing the children with a fantastic opportunity to create something unique, work as part of a team and share in the buzz which is spreading through Angus and, particularly, Monikie.”

DragonQuest is a theatrical, mystery spectacular created especially for the woods of Monikie from Wednesday 7 October to Sunday 1 November 2015 (excluding Mondays).  As well as traditional theatrical treats, illuminations and music, a downloadable App will allow visitors to reveal what was hidden – a world of magical creatures which they can scan and snap for social media, friends and family alike.  Indeed, the technology will be the first ever use of Augmented Reality (AR) in a live theatre performance.

DragonQuest has been supported by Creative Scotland, EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and Angus Council.

Tickets are available from The Webster Memorial Theatre, 64 High Street, Arbroath, DD11 1AW – telephone 01241 435800, email info@webstertheatre.co.uk or via www.webstertheatre.co.uk.

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.

For further information, visit the DragonQuest website – dragonquest.org.uk and Facebook page – facebook.com/DarkWoodDragonQuest.

For more information, please contact Vision Mechanics – telephone (0131) 554 8923, email info@visionmechanics.org or website www.visionmechanics.org.



Angus Council: DragonQuest is supported by Angus Council. Visit Angus is the area destination marketing campaign to raise the profile of the county locally, nationally and internationally. Further information from Millie Clarke on 01307 473262, www.visitangus.com or www.facebook.com/VisitAngus.


Creative Scotland:  Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  The organisation enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  They distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.  Follow @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland.


EventScotland: 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 www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is a team in the VisitScotland Events Directorate. VisitScotland is 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.



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