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Writer in Residence

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.

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Pass The Spoon Is Back!

From tonight (sold out, sorry! Get those tix for the rest of the run sharpish) until Sat @ Traverse, Edinburgh and then- drumroll!- we make our London debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on the 5th & 6th May!

Soup! Soup! Soup!

Here's a look at the return to the rehearsal room.



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Pass The Spoon Media Call @ Traverse 26th April!

Calling all tweeters, bloggers, snappers, flipcamers and social media addicts.

You are invited to take photos*, film footage & audio recordings of rehearsals of Pass The Spoon on Thursday 26th April from 3pm at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

This is an exclusive opportunity to photograph, film amd tweet / blog live from rehearsals for one of the most acclaimed shows of 2011, ahead of new London & Edinburgh dates. This will be a unique chance to sit in on music and text rehearsals, plus put your questions to the company including director Nicholas Bone, composer David Fennessy, conductor Oliver Gooch and Red Note Ensemble.

Pass The Spoon is the critically acclaimed ‘sort of’ opera from Magnetic North, written by David Shrigley and directed by Nicholas Bone, with music composed by David Fennessy and performed live by Red Note Ensemble. Following a sell-out premiere at Tramway, Glasgow in 2011, Pass The Spoon is back at Traverse and a London premiere at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

You can see what everyone else is saying about the production and tweet yourself using the hashtag #passthespoon, tagging @magnorththeatre @rednoteensemble

Places are limited so if you would like to attend please register in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Wednesday 25th April. Please be at Traverse by 2.45pm for a 3pm start. Open rehearsals will run from 3pm – 4.15pm; there will then be a short break and the Q&A session will begin at 5pm.

*Please note, no flash photography

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