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Nicholas Bone is Artistic Director of Magnetic North and has directed all of the company's work.  He has also directed for Scottish Opera, Traverse Theatre, Opera North, Actors' Touring Company, Bristol Old Vic, NIDA and Dundee Rep. Nicholas wrote the text for A Walk at the Edge of the World, co-wrote Our Fathers (with Rob Drummond) and the libretto of Happy Story (Scottish Opera), co-created Pass the Spoon (Magnetic North/Southbank Centre) and adapted Henry David Thoreau's Walden for the stage.

Lost in Music

From about the age of 11 onwards I was obsessed with music. I developed all the usual symptoms: buying too many records, taping songs from the radio, learning the guitar. I progressed along the well trodden path of buying albums rather than singles - spending hours in record shops flicking through vinyl with fellow obsessives - going to gigs, following obscure paths to new music, and playing in a band. The music I listened to between the ages of 11 and 21 probably had more effect on me than pretty much anything else: it affected how I dressed, how I spoke, and who I was friends with; it led me to books, films, and artists I might never have discovered otherwise. For better and worse, it made me what I am today.

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‘Lost in Music’: reflecting the inner thoughts, fears and aspirations of 2019’s young generation.

Lost in Music, Scottish director Nicholas Bone’s collaboration with composer Kim Moore (who also produces work as WOLF) has its UK premiere at North Edinburgh Arts from 1-2 March and then plays at Platform, Glasgow on 6-7 March 2019.

An intriguing and engaging mix of gig-theatre and verbatim performance, Lost in Music features new songs inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice - the story of a talented musical couple’s journey to hell and back - and the voices of young musicians talking about what music means to them and how it informs their lives, friendships and sense of self.


Read the full Lost in Music media release (PDF).

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Marisa Zanotti and The Spirit Merchants

Film-maker Marisa Zanotti - who took part in Rough Mix 2016 in Aberdeen - will be coming to Edinburgh next year to work on a Re-Mix residency researching a new project, The Spirit Merchants, where she explores a world of mediums and the relationship between spiritualism and technologies in the Victorian era.  We're very excited to host her and look forward to seeing how the project develops. In the meantime, here's a trailer:

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Rough Mix Perth participating artists announced

This year’s Rough Mix (our multi-art form residency) will take place at Perth Theatre from 7–18 January 2019.

We have a great group of artists coming - Lesley Wilson, Diego Bagagal, Rosanna Irvine, Nichola Scrutton, Ailie Robertson, Bob Bennett and Lise Olsen. Find out more about some of them below.

Please join us if you can for a sharing of work at Perth Theatre on Friday 18 January at 6.00pm. Book a free ticket here.

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Apply now for Rough Mix 2019 in Perth

Artists and performers can apply now for Rough Mix 2019, our multi-artform creative lab.

ROUGH MIX is a paid multi-artform creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development. Developed and run by Magnetic North, with this iteration running in partnership with Perth Theatre, Rough Mix is a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working. It brings together a small core group of experienced artists from different disciplines – previous participants have included playwrights, composers, choreographers and visual artists - and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. The artists work with a group of performers and two early-career artists over a two week period before making a work-in-progress showing at the end. There have been 9 editions of Rough Mix already, leading to a wide range of new work.

Applications are accepted in three categories:

  • Experienced Artists
  • Early-career Artists
  • Performers

For more information about Experienced and Early-career Artist places, please follow this link.

For more information about Performer places, please follow this link.

For more information about Rough Mix, look here.

The closing date for Artists is 1pm UK on Wed 17 Oct, with decisions advised by Fri 26 Oct.

The closing date for Performers is 1pm UK on Wed 24 Oct, with decisions advised by Fri 2 Nov.

Late applications will not be considered.

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J. Sharp Taking A Walk
07 September 2014
Very much enjoyed your show at the Brunton Theatre last night and the silent walk to start was an excellent addition, creating the perfect atmosphere....