Traverse Theatre

Traverse Theatre
Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

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The Traverse has been a key player in British theatre for 50 years as Scotland's long-standing home of new writing, although it's increasingly taking an interest in emerging writers. It's here that audiences got their first taste of playwrights such as Gregory Burke, Liz Lochhead and John Byrne, names now widely known to theatregoers. Part of the cluster of buildings forming the Lothian Road arts quarter, the theatre is in the basement of an office block next door to the Usher Hall. Beyond the large and popular bar and café are two performance spaces. Traverse 1 accommodates up to 350 people – although it feels much bigger – while Traverse 2, with seating for 100, recalls the company’s intimate former theatre in the Grassmarket. Specialising in UK and world premieres, the Traverse also has a busy line-up of visiting companies and hosts everything from children's theatre to puppetry and experimental music. Behind the scenes, it puts in a lot of work with up-and coming playwrights and runs a programme of workshops, classes, readings and discussions. It is one of the liveliest venues on the Edinburgh Fringe.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

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There are 5 events at this location

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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

A fusion of animation, puppetry, projections and music are used to tell the epic story of quiet hero Alvin's search for his wife's lost soul in the depths of the ocean.

Tue 6 May

Wed 7 May

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 10 May

Manxmouse

Manxmouse is a mouse with huge ears, blue fur and no tail who travels to the Isle of Man to meet his nemesis the manx cat. An adventurous play featuring puppets, animation and music. Suitable for ages 6+.

Fri 9 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sun 11 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Mon 12 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Not Now Bernard

  • Directed by: Ellen McDougall

Unicorn Theatre bring David McKee’s iconic picture book to life. Bernard has found a monster in the back garden but his mum and dad are too busy to notice. So Bernard tries to befriend the monster, with unfortunate consequences. Suitable for 2–5 years.

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

O Snap

Arch 8 Dance Group (Netherlands) present a dance performance about finding your own identity in an overloaded world. Ages 12+.

Tue 6 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

Wed 7 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale Mar 17. Part of Imaginate Festival.

Up to Speed

A funny, moving tale about two school children, Barnaby and Jade, and what it’s like to be the odd one out. Ages 8+.

Thu 8 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sat 10 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sun 11 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

Mon 12 May

£10 (Family £8 each) / 0131 228 1404

Tickets on sale 17 March. Part of Imaginate Festival.

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