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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 Creative Team.

Visual Design lead by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes. Music and Soundscapes composed, performed and produced by Jon Beales, Rachel Cullen & RJ McConnell

The 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. We give careful consideration to planning the route through the forest in order to stimulate the imaginations of children and adults alike, as the audience journeys through both sensory spectacle and moments of calm.

Together we identify specific technical effects to create key dramatic moments. The music and sound is developed organically and refined over a period of months into distinct pieces for different parts of the site. Meanwhile detailed plans and lists of all the different equipment we need are generated and refined until we have a complete package to create a fully imagined show.

As the nights draw in we spend a week on site mixing and fine tuning the audio by day to synchronise with the lighting and visual effects by night ready to open our gates to you all at the beginning of October.

Kate Bonney makinglight.work
Simon Hayes makinglight.work
Jon Beales jonbeales.com
RJ McConnell intoecho.com
Rachel Cullen

Kate Bonney

Simon Hayes

RJ McConnell

Jon Beales

Rachel Cullen

Our Collaborative Artists

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

Immersive Experiences  –  immersive-experiences.co.uk
Airstar –   airstar-light.com
LightWorks  – makinglight.work
Definitive Special Projects – laserlightshows.co.uk
Valerie Reid – fivestorey.com
EventFX – eventfx.co.uk
NOVAK – novak.uk
Bespoke Lighting and Video – bespokelightingandvideo.co.uk
Ray Interactive – rayinteractive.org

The Technical Wizards.

Without the efforts of our very technical wizards none of it would work so we are very grateful to:

Technical Event Services: NL Productions
Event Technicians: Daniel Findlay-Carroll and Graham Colvan
Lighting Programmer: Neil McDowell Smith

Technical Audio Production: DM Audio
Chief Audio Technician: Paul Dent
Mixing Engineer: Allan “Hef” Forsyth

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

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
Volpa
Alba Ecology
Ian Gordon, Perthshire Timber Company, woodchip & fencing
Elizabeth Yule
Earnside buses
Shopmobility Pitlochry
Beyond Adventure
The Workshop
Scotloo
Scotbox
Gammies Groundcare
Tayside Contracts
Perth & Kinross Council
Police Scotland
NHS
Tayside Fire & Rescue

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