Our Creative Team
Highland Perthshire’s multi-award winning show fuses the creativity of some of the UK’s leading talents in lighting, sound and production.
Creative 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!”
Lighting: 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.
Sound: RJ McConnell and Jon Beales
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.
RJ McConnell – Composer & Sound Designer
Jon Beales – Composer & Sound Designer
Fraser de Banzie – Assistant Design & additional content
Rachel Cullen – Assistant Design & additional content
David Bowes – Assistant Sound Designer
Michael Butcher – Tenor Saxophone
John Sampson – Trumpet, Recorder & Crumhorn
Fraser de Banzie – Drums & Percussion
Helen MacLeod – Harp
Mark Wilson – Violin
Pete Clarke – Violin
Ben Seal – Recording Engineer
Marcin Buczek – Project Manager
Michal Jankowski – Mixing Engineer
Allan “Hef” Forsyth – Additional Programming
Paul Dent – Chief Sound Technician
DM Audio – Sound Services