Magnetic North

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Ten collaborative music, theatre and film projects from Scotland

7 Nov 2012

Including Speed of Light, Pass the Spoon and Whatever Gets You Through the Night

Pass the Spoon. It sounded like an unlikely dish, with ingredients including off-beat artist David Shrigley (who wrote the libreto), modernist composer David Fennessy and Magnetic North director Nicholas Bone working with the Red Note Ensemble, but when…

Sex & God

8 Oct 20124 stars

Powerful fragmented portrait of 20th century women's lives from playwright Linda McLean

Award-winning playwright Linda McLean has never been one to pass up the opportunity to experiment with form, and her new work for Magnetic North, Sex & God, is perhaps her most ambitious to date. Barely an hour in length, the piece focuses on four women…

Pass the Spoon

21 Nov 20114 stars

Shrigley's food-based opera aims for pure entertainment and succeeds

The most David Shrigley has claimed of Pass the Spoon is that it's meant to be entertaining. It’s mock-modesty, but in Shrigley & Co's defence, they've succeeded. The plot, for there is one, is like a mash-up of Ready Steady Cook and Terry & June…

Pass the Spoon: The cast of characters in David Shrigley's opera

28 Oct 2011

The artist on collaborating on the musical extravaganza

Pass the Spoon came about because I was invited to make a project with (composer) David Fennessy and (director) Nick Bone. They wanted to collaborate with someone who would write an opera libretto. I’ve never been to an opera but I was interested…

Magnetic North's Wild Life explores idea of modern day feral child

24 Feb 2011

Playwright Pamela Carter's play inspired by ‘Wild Boy of Aveyron’

From travelling freak shows to Channel 4’s sensationalistic Bodyshock series, voyeurism has long been a part of human nature, and the internet has only increased the opportunities for pointing and staring at those who stand out somehow from what our…

Walden

20 Aug 20094 stars

In praise of life lived at a different pace

It’s the smell that hits you, as you shuffle to your seat in the sparse wooden seating bank that constitutes Walden’s only set. Fresh pine sap: an un-urban smell, from a world utterly at odds with the chattering mania of the Fringe. Magnetic North…

Walden

3 Aug 2009

Magnetic North adapt Henry David Thoreau’s classic

Henry David Thoreau’s classic experimental, unclassifiable autobiographical novel is adapted for the stage by up-and-coming young company Magnetic North. Catch it during this brief run in Glasgow before it gets absorbed into the theatrical melting pot…