It sits in one of Scotland’s most visited places, welcoming thousands of water sports enthusiasts, mountaineers and hikers each year.
Now culture seekers may soon flock to the shores of Loch Lomond to witness an experimental theatrical production. According to its authors, “Ùrlar” will present a “kaleidoscopic view of the place” for a day in September along the Ardess Hidden History Trail, an archaeological heritage site on the shores of the loch.
Tickets went on sale Monday for the piece commissioned by the National Trust for Scotland, the conservation charity that owns and manages Ben Lomond. Site-specific outdoor production takes place on Sunday, September 26.
Developed by Glasgow-based artist and producer Guy Veale, who recently created immersive sound designs for NTS’s House of Dun property near Montrose, Ùrlar will take audiences on a journey through the lower slopes of Ben Lomond, the one of Scotland’s most popular mountains.
Mr Veale, the creative producer of the event, said: “Ùrlar will be a journey outward and inward, a kaleidoscopic view of the place, a sound of resonating notes echoing through time.
“People and places have mingled with Ardess for centuries, and Ùrlar will celebrate the rhythm of this relationship: the ebb and flow of seasons and cultures, the past and future of agriculture and recreation, and the cycle of habitats and inhabitants – lost and restored.
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Compliant with Covid-19 guidelines, as well as the site grounds, small groups of audiences will be guided and led at a gentle pace throughout the 90-minute experience.
Ticket holders will be encouraged to see and hear the landscape in a whole new way, guided by professional storytellers along a specially organized trail. Organizers hope their imaginations will be fueled by a group of magical characters dressed in remarkably designed costumes, all inspired by the region’s natural and cultural history.
The key stations along the route will be animated in harmony and with respect for the natural environment. There will also be additions to the soundscape of nature and a recurring “sound beacon” joined by several instruments and voices, carried by the wind to activate the entire site.
Samuel Gallacher, NTS Director of Operations for Ben Lomond, said: “With this event we seek to engage with new audiences, to make new connections between natural and cultural heritage.
“We hope to provide visitors with a new and stimulating experience and we hope to learn how natural heritage properties such as Ben Lomond can function as venues while adding to the mission of the NTS as a national conservation charity. of Scotland. ”
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Tickets to Ùrlar cost £ 12, with slots on Sunday 26 September every 30 minutes from 12 noon to 5.30 p.m. The event involves a gentle guided walk along the Ardess Hidden History Trail at NTS Ben Lomond in Rowardennan.
Visitors are warned that there are stepping stones and narrow paths that require care, while waterproof clothing and proper footwear are essential. Dedicated parking will be made available to ticket holders. Reservation essential: nts.org.uk.