Founded in 1999, Magnetic North will celebrate its 21st anniversary in Autumn 2020.

Run by Artistic Director Nicholas Bone and Producer Verity Leigh, we combine developing and producing live theatre with innovative multi-artform artist development.

We collaborate with playwrights, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performers and other artists to create a wide range of work including plays, music-theatre, installations, online events and films. Our comprehensive artist development strand has supported over 150 independent artists to continue developing.

Our Vision

To be leaders at the heart of ambitious artist-centred development and production in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Our Mission

To run a multi-art form programme of artist-centred development and production that creates significant paid opportunities for diverse individual artists at different career stages and produces a distinctive body of high-quality work for audiences in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Our Purpose

To give artists from a range of disciplines and backgrounds the nourishment, focused support and production opportunities needed to continue developing and creating great work throughout their careers. 

We are:

Nicholas Bone

Nicholas Bone

Artistic Director
Verity Leigh

Verity Leigh

Caitlin Fairlie

Caitlin Fairlie

Artistic Administrator
James Coutts

James Coutts

Marketing Manager

Our Board of Directors is:

  • Alex Hinton 
    Marketing Manager, National Museums Scotland
  • Alice McGrath 
    Creative Director, Red Bridge Arts
  • Lesley Anne Rose 
    Writer & Producer
  • Mark Saunders (Chair)
    Director & Educator 
  • Nicholas Bone 
    Artistic Director
  • Paula Van Hagen 
    Director, Chats Palace
  • Sadie McKinlay 
    Head of Development, Edinburgh International Festival 


Several of our plays are published:

  • A Walk at the Edge of the World 
    (Magnetic North 2014) available direct from us for £5.00 inc UK p&p (RRP £6.00)
  • Sex and God 
    (Nick Hern Books 2012) available direct from us for £6.00 inc UK p&p (RRP £9.99)
  • Pass the Spoon 
    (Hayward Publishing 2012) available from Blackwells.
  • Walden 
    (Magnetic North 2009) available direct from us for £4.00 inc UK p&p (RRP £4.99) very limited stock
  • After Mary Rose 
    (Magnetic North 2009) available direct from us for £4.00 inc UK p&p (RRP £5.99)
  • My Old Man 
    (Capercaillie 2005) - now out of print.