Overheard at the Enchanted Forest at Pitlochry … “I wonder what one is The Faraway Tree?”
The words a little girl uttered to her parents. It took me back to my childhood and to the Enid Blyton book. It made me smile, the little girl had got it spot on.
For the month of October Faskally Wood near Pitlochry has been magically brought to life by clever lighting (Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes – lighting designers) and sound (RJ McConnell – sound designer). A particular highlight is the specially composed music by Jon Beales and RJ McConnell.
Now on its 11th anniversary, numbers are expected to surpass the 30,000 mark of last year and it’s a must-see on Scotland’s autumn calendar.
Entitled absorb, the show has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan. The word greets you in large white letters as you enter the magical wood.
It’s busy but there’s enough space for the forest to feel like your own. And it attracts all ages. It’s as much for the adults as for the children. There are elderly people with walking sticks and toddlers holding their parents’ hands.
The show highlights the effectiveness of good lighting and sound. The forest transforms into different magical worlds and your imagination runs wild. At parts it’s eerie and other times, playful and romantic as a pathway becomes a golden tunnel of light that illuminates Loch Faskally which is already aglow with the giant coloured balls that sit upon the water.
And then there’s the orchestral theatre played among the trees, where the forest really comes to life.
An enchanting experience. It’s on until October 27th, 2013.
For more information see: The Enchanted Forest Website