Magnetic North Blog
The Edinburgh Festivals are about to begin. We've made our way through the endless listings and recommend the below from Magnetic North alumni:
Arab Arts Focus, from 2 Aug
Eaten, from 4 Aug
Chill Habibi, from 4 Aug
Fairich: Live, 14, 21, 22-28 Aug
Home is Not the Place, 18-27 Aug
Wired. 23-26 Aug
Space Time is a paid 5 day creative retreat for experienced artists from all disciplines that asks the question “How does an artist keep developing?”
It aims to refresh participants through a stimulating and provocative examination of creativity.
The residency combines facilitated dialogue - built around a series of provocations and questions - with time for individual reflection and work. It is led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath.
The next Space/Time retreat will run from 11 - 16 October 2016, presented in partnership with Cove Park.
We are delighted to announce that the artists taking part are:
The next Space/Time residency will be in Spring 2017; sign up to our Artist Development mailing list to be notified when more information is available.
To find out more, watch this short film which captures the reflections of the artists who took part in the 2015 retreat.
New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek is currently writer in residence with Magnetic North. As part of the residency, we have commissioned Arthur to write a new play, Erewhon, based on Samuel Butler’s 1872 utopian satire.
Arthur’s starting point is the illustrated talk that Butler’s narrator describes giving after his escape from the land of Erewhon. In this 21st century version Powerpoint meets the magic lantern lecture in a solo performance piece with plenty to say about familiarity and difference across cultures.
Arthur worked on Erewhon as one of the artists participating in our creative development residency, Rough Mix, earlier in the summer and has also spent a week at Cove Park working on the text before starting these 2 weeks of development at the Traverse. He has been supported throughout by our artistic director Nicholas Bone.
The commission is supported through a Playwright Residency and Exchange Programme led by Playmarket New Zealand and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, funded by Creative New Zealand. Thanks also to the Traverse for their support of the development and sharing.
We look forward to seeing you there.
We are delighted to be hosting New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek as writer in residence with Magnetic North next summer.
Arthur joins us thanks to a joint initiative run by Playmarket New Zealand and Playwrights’ Studio Scotland: the development agencies for playwrights for their respective countries.
We will host Arthur for a 3 month residency from July-Sept 2016. He will participate in Rough Mix, spend a week at Cove Park, have the opportunity to see work and make contacts during the Edinburgh festivals in August as well as being commissioned to write a new play, Erewhon.
Based on Samuel Butler’s satirical utopian novel, Erewhon will be a solo show, performed by Arthur and taking the form of an illustrated theatrical lecture in which Arthur will attempt to amuse an audience of Erewhonians by contrasting his own society with their own. The experience of distance from New Zealand, and the mix of familiarity and difference that is a New Zealander’s experience of living in Scotland, will inform the writing and development of the piece.
Arthur will be supported throughout by our artistic director Nicholas Bone. There will be a work in progress sharing of Erewhon at the end of the residency.
Arthur Meek is an award-winning New Zealand writer for stage and screen. His two published plays, The Trees beneath the Lake and On the Upside Down of the World were both commissioned by the Auckland Theatre Company. His work has been shown in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US.