Magnetic North Blog
‘Clap Your Hands’ by The Manhattan Transfer - a song familiar to no one involved with the project except me - was an essential part of the piece that I had written as a Scene for Survival. It didn’t matter that at over three minutes in length, to play any significant part of it would encroach significantly on the five minutes running time limit, nor that the cost of sampling it would be prohibitive. The song title was written into the play, including as part of a fantasy sequence central to the piece that also was the play: of a piece of music that once connected two people so that one might find a way to reach the other again - a moment of hope and denial simultaneously. It was essential.
This year's Rough Mix takes place at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.
The participating artists and our Artistic Director Nicholas Bone talk about their plans for the residency in this video:
Rough Mix Aberdeen has been realised in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts and is supported by Creative Scotland, the David & June Gordon Memorial Trust and Aberdeen City Council creative funding.
There are paid opportunities for experienced artists, early-career artists, and performers to take part. It is open to artists and performers from any art form. Applicants from Scotland with experience of puppetry will also be able to apply to take part in the Scotland-Quebec Puppetry Exchange programme being run jointly by Magnetic North, Puppet Animation Scotland, and Casteliers, Montreal.
Experienced and early-career artists should download a PDF with full information, including links to the online application forms, here.
Performers should download a PDF with full information, including links to the online application forms, here.
The deadlines for applications are:
1pm (UK), 23rd September 2019 for experienced and early-career artists (including Scotland-Quebec Puppetry Exchange).
1pm (UK), 7th October 2019 for performers.
This week we're running our paid online residency for experienced artists. Space/Time is a creative retreat for artists from any art form that asks the question “How can you continue to thrive as an artist?”. Normally participants travel to a location in Scotland, but due to the pandemic, we're again running Space/Time online. The artists gathering together (remotely) are:
We are looking for performers for our Rough Mix 2022 residency at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling from 17-28 January 2022.
We're creating an ensemble of six flexible, open performers from theatre, performance and dance backgrounds. The performers will be working with artists from different artforms trying out new ideas or new ways of working. Experience of improvisational or development work would be helpful; an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in are essential.
We are looking for a mix of skills in the ensemble, including performers from a text-based theatre background, physical theatre performers, dancers, and performers who can sing or play an instrument.
Performers will be paid a fee of £550/week. Working time is 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, plus the end of project sharing on Friday 28 January.
We are particularly interested in hearing from performers who are based in Stirling or Stirlingshire.
For full details, download the guidelines here.
The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 29th November 2021.