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Meet our team.

Highland Perthshire’s multi-award winning show is brought together by a very friendly bunch of talented people, mixing the creativity of some of the UK’s leading talents in lighting, sound and production with the equally important talent of a small army of stewards, departures staff, site management bods and our management team.

The Producer.

Zoe Squair

Studying Fine Art Sculpture at university, Zoe has been working across the arts
for the last 20 years. An Edinburgh based freelance Producer, Project and Production Manager, Zoe joins teams from small scale theatre to larger scale outdoor events and
festivals both Nationally and Internationally. She has worked with Edinburgh International Science Festival (UK, India, Abu Dhabi), Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Art Festival, Traverse Theatre, Dance Base, Grid Iron Theatre Company, Stellar Quines, Starcatchers, Visible Fictions among many others.

She is now lucky enough to call Faskally Wood her office and has been involved with The Enchanted Forest for the last 3 years describing it as “such a unique event not just for its creative response to its beautiful surroundings but because it is truly rooted in the community of Pitlochry. It is ultimately run for and by the community with the Enchanted Forest Community Trust taking it forward on behalf of the community and contributing to numerous local businesses and charities each year. I love it!”

The Lighting Team.

Kate Bonney & Simon Hayes

The visual design process starts with choosing a theme which will bring the whole show together. Inspiration can come from anywhere; from art to architecture, from nature to newspapers. The route through the forest is planned with careful consideration to the audience’s journey through visual spectacle and moments of calm, to stimulate the imaginations of children and adults alike. We work collaboratively with the sound designers over a period of several months to create a fully imagined show. We then produce a set of plans detailing placement of each piece of kit. Once set up we work through several nights programming the lighting with a digital control system to synchronise with the music, all ready for the audience to arrive on opening night.

The Sound Team.

RJ McConnell,  Jon Beales and Rachel Cullen

The composition of the music and sound is collaborative and organic. We work with the lighting designers to share conceptual ideas and describe specific technical effects we hope to employ. Key dramatic moments are identified and the music is then developed and refined over a period of months into distinct pieces for different parts of the site. The music on-site is reproduced through an array of different loudspeakers, all of which have to be carefully positioned and balanced. On the run-up to opening night we spend a week on site mixing and fine-tuning our work, using a computer-based playback system, synchronised with the lighting console, allowing the Lighting Designers to create their work in sync with the music.

The Musicians.

Our music is recorded live by some very talented musicians:

RJ McConnell: Composer and Sound Designer
Jon Beales: Composer and Sound Designer
Rachel Cullen: Associate Composer and Sound Designer
Ross Ainslie: Pipes and Whistles
Adam Bulley: Mandolin and Guitars
Robin Mason: Cello
Mark Wilson: Violin
John Sampson: Recorders, Gemshorn and Whistle
Andrew Mann: Clarinet and Flute
Fraser de Banzie: Drums
John Lemke: Bass Guitar
Garry Boyle: Recording Engineer
Allan “Hef” Forsyth: Mixing Engineer
Paul Dent: Chief Sound Technician
DM Audio: Sound Services

The Artists.

Some of our individual shows and installations are developed by specialist artists including:

Illumaphonium, Squidsoup
Vision Mechanics
NOVAK Collective

Technical Wizards.

And without the help of the very technical wizards, none of it would work, so we’re very grateful to:

Technical Event Services: NL Productions
Event Technical Team: Daniel Findlay-Carroll, Graham Colvan
Technical Audio Production: DM Audio
Chief Audio Technician: Paul Dent

The Management.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our team members and, while they may work tirelessly behind the scenes, our Management Team work on the show all year round, they are:

Project Manager: Brian Simpson
Resource & HR Manager: Zoe Cormack
Marketing Manager: Tricia Fox
Site Manager: Alex Edwards
Event Coordinator: Poppy Jarratt
Event Administrator: Megan Mailer

The Trustees.

We have a voluntary board of Trustees who give their time generously and who oversee the whole event. They are:

Ian Sim
Vicki Burrell
Cathy Joss
Keith Moncrieff
Lesley Williamson
Alison Walker
Ewan McIlwraith
Paul Keith

Key Suppliers.

We are very grateful to the following companies:

Walton Kilgour, Chartered Accountants
J & H Mitchell WS, Solicitors
Thorntons Law, Solicitors
Towergate Insurance Brokers
K & M Contracts
Alba Ecology
Ian Gordon, Perthshire Timber Company, woodchip & fencing
Elizabeth Yule
Earnside buses
Shopmobility Pitlochry
Beyond Adventure
The Workshop
Gammies Groundcare
Tayside Contracts
Perth & Kinross Council
Police Scotland
Tayside Fire & Rescue