Nick Bone

Nick BoneResearch Interests

Nicholas‘s research is primarily practice led.  He is particularly interested in the processes of cross artform collaboration and creative development, which he has explored through the Rough Mix programme he curates for Magnetic North Theatre Productions.  

He is interested in the use of approaches such as Viewpoints and of techniques such as those developed by Tadashi Suzuki, Monika Pagneux and Roy Hart in the dramaturgical process as well as in rehearsals.

He continues to explore the application of techniques and processes from other artforms – e.g. visual arts, music – in his own work in the performing arts.


Nicholas Bone is Artistic Director of Magnetic North Theatre Productions as well as a freelance theatre and opera director.  For Magnetic North he has directed Wild Life, Walden, After Mary Rose, My Old Man, Word for Word and The Dream Train.  His other theatre work includes Mad Forest – Gateway, Skunk Hour - lookOUT Theatre, Safe Delivery - Jumping Genes, Territory of the Heart - Theatr y Byd, La Ronde - ATC and Six Characters in Search of an Author – Tron/RSAMD.  His opera work includes Carmen and Lucia di Lammermoor for Haddo House Opera; Paradise Moscow (Shostakovich), Hansel and Gretel  (Humperdinck) and L’enfant et les sortileges (Ravel) - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Peter Grimes (Britten) - Co-Opera Kent, Così fan tutte (Mozart) - Music Theatre Kernow; Code Name: Electric – Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Nicholas has a degree from the University of Manchester and a post-graduate certificate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  He has also trained in Viewpoints and Suzuki technique with Anne Bogart and Clowning with Pierre Byland.

Research Projects

Rough Mix – ongoing cross-artform creative development programme (previous editions 2006, 2010; next edition 2012).

  • Creative Scotland Creative Futures funding for Rough Mix (2011-12).
  • Creative Scotland Vital Spark award for collaboration with visual artist David Shrigley and composer David Fennessy (2010-2011)

Theatre Studies Junior Honours directing projects