There’s a great crop of shows by Magnetic North artists, associates and Rough Mixers at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival and beyond this summer.
Magnetic North’s artistic director Nicholas Bone directs the revival of Denton and Me by Sam Rowe, part of the curated Made in Scotland showcase. This multi-layered, stunningly designed show weaves together writer and performer Sam Rowe’s autobiography with the writing of Denton Welch (1915-1948), a fascinating figure in queer literary history, and favourite of Alan Bennett, William S Burroughs and John Waters. A hit in its first outing at The Arches ("amusing, complex and forthright" «««« The Herald), Denton and Me runs at Summerhall from 3-28 August at 15.05.
Nicholas is also performing as part of In the Making Collective, a shifting assemblage of Scotland based dancers and makers. Led by Matthew Hawkins with Rough Mix participants Merav Israel and Claire Pencak, the group are collaborating to develop score-based choreographic performances with a different offering each day. The project experiments with collective devising and presentation, looking at processes of making, multi-authorship and shared leadership. The group’s first public performances, Mushroom!, take place at Gayfield Creative Space from 24-29 August at 16.00. Tickets.
Fringe First winner Jenna Watt will join Magnetic North as assistant director on our upcoming production of Our Fathers by Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone, as part of the FST bursary scheme. Her own solo show, Faslane, explores what happens when the personal and political collide. With family having worked in Faslane all her life, and with friends protesting at the gates, Jenna navigates her own journey through the politics, protests and peace camps. Rough Mixer Kim Moore is the sound artist. Faslane runs at Summerhall from 3-28 August at 19.15.
Arthur Meek is currently Writer in Residence with Magnetic North, thanks to a joint initiative run by Playmarket New Zealand and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland: the development agencies for playwrights for their respective countries. Arthur takes time out from developing new work to present his absurd and very timely comedy lecture, On the Conditions and Possibilities of Hillary Clinton Taking Me as Her Young Lover. Premiered at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York, the show runs at Summerhall from 5-28 August at 13.05.
Jamie Wardrop, an emerging artist at Rough Mix 2012, is presenting his collaboration with his brother Lewis, The Dwelling Place. An immersive, limited capacity performance installation, The Dwelling Place transports its audience to an abandoned cottage on the Outer Hebrides with striking live visuals, electronic sound and the words of the great highland poets. It runs in the basement at Summerhall from 3 – 19 August at 4pm and 7pm.
Composer Kim Moore also took part in Rough Mix 2012, and subsequently wrote music and sound for Magnetic North’s production of Sex and God. She has composed music for, and plays live in the world premiere of Julia Taudevin’s Blow Off, along with Glasgow’s indie-pop duo Tuff Love. Part theatre, part gig, Blow Off is a fierce and playful feminist work exploring the psychology of extremism with haunting melodies and progressive punk riffs. There are 2 performances as part of the Traverse festival programme on Mon 22 August at 4pm & 7.30pm.
Meanwhile in Shetland... Rough Mixer Clare Duffy is making a site-specific performance at Sumburgh Lighthouse in Shetland on 28 August 2016. Clare was resident at the lighthouse in January this year and will return to Sumburgh in August to create this one-off performance, Extreme Light North: Shetland. Supported by a Creative Scotland Artist Bursary, the performance explores the effects of living in places with extreme light levels – a phenomenon only found north of the 60 degree parallel. As she prepares for the main performance, Clare will be also be making a series of daily short performances in view of the Sumburgh lighthouse webcams. These performances will be available to watch live via the webcams - check @xremelightnorth on Twitter for dates and times.