The show action featuring a cast of nearly 1000 performers took place on the Esplanade down below the Castle walls in the centre of the Tattoo’s new, purpose-built state-of-the-art amphitheatre, which includes a special climate controlled projection room. The Tattoo’s Chief Executive and Producer for the second year running was Brigadier David Allfrey, a big fan of large format projections, and this year’s event theme was HM Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the year of Creative Scotland. Creative Scotland included specific sections of the show and dances celebrating iconic items of Scottish culture like tweed and whiskey, plus the industrial revolution.
The giant images ran for most of the final third of the event – as darkness fell and enveloped the magnificent surroundings. The images covered an area about 85 metres wide along the castle walls. Ashton particularly enjoyed creating artwork for the ‘Superheroes’ section, for which he transformed Edinburgh Castle into Gotham City for Batman amongst others. The finale was a re-staging of the Queen’s coronation in 1952. The Castle walls became Westminster Abbey with the projections, and the cast became the congregation as the massed bands played music from the actual service sixty years ago. The projection was programmed and operated via an OnlyCue PC based system by Karen Monid.
Ashton comments, "Working with David again was brilliant. He is very aware of the drama and additional WOW factors that projection can bring to the whole performance, and challenged me to come up with some interesting visuals". Ashton was delighted with the results and another year of the Tattoo under his belt. He has produced projections for the world famous event since 2005.