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

Led 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, Magnetic North

Paula Van Hagen Director, Chats Palace

Sadie McKinlay Head of Development, Edinburgh International Festival 


Restless Exploration: 21 Years of Magnetic North (Magnetic North 2021)

Summary Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2020, read it here.

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

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 £5.00 inc UK p&p (RRP £5.99)

My Old Man (Capercaillie 2005) - now out of print.