Magnetic North Blog
Magnetic North’s work integrates producing and touring theatre with artist development and support. We are looking to appoint an Artist Development Administrator working on a 40% contract (average of 2 days a week, working flexibly according to programme requirements) at an annual salary of £26,500 pro rata (= £10.600).
The Artist Development Administrator post will particularly focus on the artist development and support element of our work, as well as assisting the Producer and Artistic Director across the whole of the company’s output. View the recruitment pack (PDF). Application deadline: 9am on Monday 8 November 2021.
Tickets for 759 (so far!) Fringe shows are now available to book on edfringe.com.
As we collaborate with a huge range of playwrights, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performers and others to create work, here's a list of shows by some of our alumni.
For the full programme and ticket information, visit edfringe.com
Mamoru Iriguchi (Rough Mix & Space/Time) Sex Education Xplorers (S.E.X.) (live)
Mamoru took part in our most recent Rough Mix, and has been a Fringe regular at Summerhall. This new show is described as "a time-travel ride through the evolution of sexes, celebrating our diverse gender identities and sexualities. Packed with humour and DIY tech, this is a playful new take on sex education."
Not one but TWO favourites from playwright and actor Apphia Campbell, who was a performer at Rough Mix 2020 and our Canadian online co-pro Stories from Here . She was also a lead artist in the Breaking Boundaries attachments last year working on a new play.
Tony Mills (Rough Mix, Space/Time & CEC diversity project) City Breakz (live)
Tony is a choreographer and dancer who took part in Rough Mix 2014 and more recently as a lead artist in last year's Breaking Boundaries attachments. City Breakz is an outdoor pop-up hip-hop performance trail taking over unexpected places in city and town landscapes, where anything can become a dancefloor.
Jo Clifford (Space/Time & Micro-Commission) A Space to Bless - Daily Blessings (online)
Playwright and performer Jo will give a daily blessing live from St Mary’s Cathedral – a radical queer space for contemplation, connection and meditation. Jo received a Micro-commission from us last year to develop a new play The Not-So Ugly Duckling with Maria McDonnell (see below)
Christine Devaney (Rough Mix, Dust and all that), Karen Tennent (Our Fathers, Lost in Music) Skye Reynolds (Space/Time) & Greg Sinclair (Rough Mix, She Sells) Field - Something for the Future Now
Edinburgh-based Curious Seed bring their immersive site-responsive piece both to Holyrood Park and the Edinburgh International Festival. We're delighted to have worked with the entire creative team on various projects over the years!
Lubna Kerr (Luminate Space/Time) Tickbox (live)
Lubna is an Edinburgh-based stand-up, playwright and performer and took part in a Space/Time residency earlier this year. Tickbox "combines theatre, storytelling and comedy to interweave the journeys of these two Scottish Pakistani women united by passion and determination."
Maria McDonnell (Luminate Space/Time) Miss Lindsay's Secret (live)
Maria is a storyteller, writer and actor; last year she received one of our Covid Micro-Commissions to work with Jo Clifford (see above) on The Not-So Ugly Duckling. She took part in a Space/Time residency earlier this year. Miss Lindsay's Secret tells a true story unearthed in Glenesk Museum.
Andy Cannon (Rough Mix) Is This a Dagger? (live)
Andy re-tells Shakespeare’s classic, taking audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again. Andy was a lead artist in Rough Mix at Summerhall in 2015.
Caitlin Skinner (Rough Mix) Hindu Times (live)
This semi-staged reading is a co-production between the International Festival and the Lyceum of a play by writer Jaimini Jethwa. Caitlin is Artistic Director of Stellar Quines and took part in Rough Mix in Peebles in 2017.
Penny Chivas (Micro-commissions and Rough Mix) Burnt Out (live)
Penny is a dancer and choreographer based in Glasgow; she took part in Rough Mix 2021 and received a Covid Micro-Commission last year. Burnt Out weaves spoken word and movement to take its audience through Australia's fiery history including Penny's own experiences.
Morna Young (Rough Mix 2014, Scotland/New Zealand Playwright Exchange 2018) Aye Elvis (live)
Morna is a playwright, actor and musician. Her play about a female Elvis impersonator has become a Fringe-favourite since its first appearance at a Play, A Pie and A Pint.
Magnetic North The Dream Train by Tom McGrath (online)
Yes, we're at the Fringe too! This specially-made film is a new production of the very first play we produced in 1999, made last year to celebrate our 21st birthday and what would have been playwright Tom McGrath's 80th. Four characters wander in and out of each other's dreams and stories to the accompaniment of Bach's Goldberg Variations, played live by John Harris.
We hope that you are all keeping well and looking forward to better times in 2021.
Magnetic North has just published a summary annual report for the year ended 31 March 2020. You can read it here.
An annual report is always and inevitably out of date, but 2019-2020 now feels like a different world, never mind a different year. So we also wanted to share a brief account of what we’ve been doing since March 2020 when the world changed. Magnetic North is in the fortunate position of being regularly funded by Creative Scotland, and our aim has been to use that position of privilege to keep working to support artists.
During the Covid-19 crisis we have:
Magnetic North is delighted to announce the artists who have been selected to take part in our next Space/Time retreat. This edition of Space/Time is presented in partnership with Dance North Scotland and will take place at Findhorn, Moray.
Space/Time is a paid creative retreat for experienced artists from different disciplines that asks the question “How does an artist keep developing?”. It aims to refresh participants through a stimulating examination of creativity. During the residency, we explore how creativity can be nourished and how artists can continue challenging themselves to develop. The residency combines facilitated dialogue - built around a series of self-generated questions - with time for individual reflection and work as well as time to cook and eat together. It is led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath.
Magnetic North wishes to appoint an Artistic Administrator working on a 40% contract (average of 2 days a week, working flexibly according to programme requirements) for an initial 12 month contract. The Artistic Administrator post will particularly focus on the artist development and support element of our work, as well as assisting the Producer and Artistic Director across the whole of the company’s output. The salary is £25,000 per annum pro-rata (£10,000 for a 2 day week) and the job is based at Magnetic North’s office in Edinburgh.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 2 September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered. We will let you know by Friday 6 September 2019 whether or not we will be inviting you to attend an interview. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on Friday 13 September 2019. We would like the successful candidate to start work as soon as possible after then.
We are very sad to be waving goodbye to Seona McClintock who has been a fantastic Artistic Administrator for Magnetic North over the last year. We wish her every success in her exciting new role at Eden Court.
To find out more about the job and how to apply, please download the recruitment pack here.