Legends of Kildare
Kildare Heritage Centre
Legends of Kildare Virtual Reality Experience, takes the visitor on a journey through time and connects with them by allowing them to be a participant in the action; to get the chance to walk with legends from Irish History and Mythology.
Working closely with Kildare Heritage, we created a script that weaves a story through the three principal themes, connecting them together through a central character. The challenge was to design and execute a robust interpretive vision for Kildare Heritage Centre to complement a bespoke VR movie.
Our vision was to create an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression. From the moment visitors enter the interpretive space they feel they have traveled back in time. Added are the living history re-enactors to greet visitors, who help manage the visitor flow and set the scene for the virtual reality experience.
Act 1 introduces you to mythical Ireland. Through a young priestess (a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann), visitors will learn of Brigid, The Pagan Goddess and the mythical Fianna. Visitors will travel across The Curragh with chariots and horses and see how the landscape may have looked in the 3rd century.
In Act 2, our visitors will be propelled through time to meet Brigid the Christian Abbess. Visitors will see the legendary story of how Brigid casts her cloak and it grows to cover a huge area of land. You will learn of the rise of Kildare town as a monastic metropolis (that embraced its pagan culture) and how this in turn attracted raiders both foreign and domestic
Act 3 will introduce the Norman era in Ireland and the stability this brought to Kildare town specifically, with Strongbow establishing his castle in the town. A new era of prosperity reigns, but it comes with a price - the romanisation of Christianity in Kildare and the old pagan ways being abolished.
Our epilogue finishes with a look at Kildare today, its successes and the relighting of the St Brigid’s flame. The progression of the story to different eras is symbolised by the growth of an oak sapling in act one to a mature oak tree in act 3, yet the fire temple, the elemental symbol of fire, so important to the Celts and to Christians, is there right through the story.