Magnetic North Blog
£36,000 per annum pro-rata = £21,600 for a 3 day week
Based in Edinburgh
Deadline for applications 9am on Monday 11 April 2022
Magnetic North’s work integrates producing and touring new theatre work with artist development and support. The company is based in Edinburgh, regularly funded by Creative Scotland, and run by a core team of four. After 10 years with the company, Verity Leigh is leaving to take up a new role, so we are looking to appoint a Producer. The Producer will work closely with the Artistic Director, Nicholas Bone, to lead and develop Magnetic North, and will produce its programme of high quality artist development work and touring, online and hybrid productions, taking responsibility for project management, delivery and financial management.
Magnetic North is delighted to announce the lead and collaborating artists for our next Rough Mix creative lab. Rough Mix brings together five lead artists, each with a new idea to develop, two collaborating artists, and an ensemble of six performers. Each lead artist spends time observing, assisting or collaborating on the other artists’ projects as well as working on their own project. Rough Mix 2022 is a partnership with Macrobert Arts Centre and will take place in person at Macrobert. Should this not be possible then the residency will move online.
The lead artists are Beth Dynowski, Kathy McKean, Priiya Prethora, Jennifer Paterson and Lewis Sherlock. The collaborating artists are Amy Conway and Ben Fletcher. Together they work across dance, physical theatre, aerial, music, writing, theatre, sculpture and performance.
Rough Mix ran from 17-28 January 2022. We're doing a watch party to share the new work created during the residency on Thursday 10 March 2022 from 6pm GMT (includes a Q&A). Register here.
‘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.