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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.

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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2018 Artist Attachment award

Magnetic North has awarded its 2018 Artist Attachment to theatremaker Jenna Watt. The Magnetic North Artist Attachment is a unique opportunity for Scottish-based artists with a significant track record to have a sustained period of paid time to focus on a new development in their work. It is designed flexibly to allow the recipient to spread six months of dedicated time over an 18 month period, and so be able to continue with other commitments and projects. Any professional artist based in Scotland with a significant track-record of making work for at least seven years is eligible to apply. The first Artist Attachment was awarded to visual artist, composer and performer Hanna Tuulikki in 2017.

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A haven for artists from all disciplines

In two weeks five artists will embark on our creative retreat called Space/Time at Cove Park. Two of the artists have sent us a postcard (including an audio one!) in the run up to the residency:

Sharron Devine (Theatre Maker & Director)

Artist Name - Sharron-Devine.m4a

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Magnetic North is looking for production staff for its next production

Magnetic North is looking for a Production Manager and a Stage Manager for its forthcoming production Lost In Music, which premieres in February 2019.

Lost in Music is a new piece of music-theatre for young adults which explores the importance of music to teenagers. It is being written by Kim Moore and Nicholas Bone and feature a cast of professional musicians and performers as well as an additional cast of young performers which will change from venue to venue. It rehearses in Glasgow and Edinburgh from the end of January 2019 and will be performed at North Edinburgh Arts and Platform in February/March 2019. You can read more about it here

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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....