by Nicholas Bone

based on a book by Henry David Thoreau

Director    Nicholas Bone
Designers Sans façon
Cast Ewan Donald (2008-9), Cameron Mowat (2010 & 2016)

"Works beautifully"The Scotsman     "Amazing" Edinburgh Evening News 


On 4th July 1845, Henry David Thoreau walked into the woods near his hometown of Concord, Massachusetts and decided to stay. He found a spot next to a lake called Walden Pond and built a hut. For the next two years he attempted to live entirely by his own resources.   

Walden, Thoreau’s account of his ‘experiment in simple living’, is one of the most extraordinary and unclassifiable books ever written. Magnetic North’s adaptation - a collaboration between director Nicholas Bone and environmental arts practice Sans façon - is a beautiful, simple distillation of this classic meditation on self-sufficiency, the individual’s relationship with the environment and the desire to ‘live deliberately’.

The production was originally created at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh (Best Design nomination, 2008 CATS awards). It toured in 2009 and 2010 and has now been performed more than 70 times, most recently at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh in 2016.

The playscript is published (ISBN 978-0956205414) - you can buy direct from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or order from other retailers.

Walden was developed through Rough Mix, Tron Lab and CCA Creative Lab.


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