Dazzling images of Pitlochry's Enchanted Forest
- Louise Stoddart
- 29 September 2017
The sell out sound and light show in Faskally Wood reaches new heights with their 16th show Oir an Uisge
On the bus to the Enchanted Forest, visitors are played a brief health and safety announcement from 9-year-old Robbie Low who sets the scene, giving a teaser of what to expect. Robbie was selected from hundreds of children from all over Scotland to be The Voice of the Enchanted Forest, a competition which was launched in anticipation of the Year of Young People 2018.
Oir an Uisge is the name of this year's show, which is Gaelic for Edge of the Water. The theme is prominent from the moment the trail starts, with a sculptural lighthouse casting its searchlights over Loch Dunmore.
State of the art lighting technologies are used to create art installations which have an interactive element for all ages. Lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes worked closely with sound designers RJ McConnell and Jon Beales to create a show which engages all the senses; from light spheres which sing when they're touched to a dramatic water show timed to an original music score.
A series of colour-changing umbrellas hang from the treetops, guiding you to a rainbow bridge which takes you to the other side of the loch via a tunnel of colourful raindrops.
There's also the chance to see a carefully choreographed installation which transforms a mossy mound into a flowing river.
For the first time in 16 years, The Enchanted Forest sold out before even opening to the public. Ian Sim, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust said, 'It's phenomenal to see how much The Enchanted Forest event has grown in its 16 years. It began as a three-night event with 1500 visitors. Today it's one of Scotland's, and the UK's, must-see autumn happenings.'
The Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry, Thu 28 Sep–Sun 29 Oct, sold out.