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 13 events at this location

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The Carousel

  • 4 stars

Jennifer Tremblay's follow-up to The List charts a woman's quest through a labyrinth of memories. Directed by Muriel Romanes and starring Maureen Beattie.

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Cuckooed

  • 4 stars

Lakin McCarthy in association with Traverse Theatre Company A comedy of betrayal. Mark Thomas tells his true story of how Britain's biggest arms manufacturer (BAE Systems) came to spy on a comedian. A tale of hubris, planes, demos and undercover deceit told by an award-winning performer. Contains strong language…

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Donald Robertson Is Not a Stand-Up Comedian

  • 4 stars

New piece by writer/performer Gary McNair – a coming of age story which looks at comedy in an entirely different light.

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Horizontal Collaboration

  • 2 stars
  • Directed by: David Leddy
  • Written by: David Leddy

A drama where sex, power and politics meet emotion, seduction and destruction. From writer and director David Leddy. Performed daily by new actors, always reading blind. Warning, sexual violence.

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone

Soho Theatre Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble tries to get close to other people on this planet. Keith for instance. You maybe. You’re Not Alone is a provocative, moving and comic production that chronicles one man’s attempts at connection, friendship and employment at B&Q. Kim Noble takes his…

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Lippy

  • 4 stars

Dead Centre Fourteen years ago four women made an extraordinary decision. They decided to die. We weren’t there. This is not their story. We don’t know what they said. We are only putting words in their mouths. A haunting investigation into why we tell stories in the face of tragedy, Lippy was widely acknowledged as…

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Men in the Cities

  • 4 stars

Chris Goode and Company in association with Royal Court Theatre Three-time Fringe First winner Chris Goode (Monkey Bars) returns to the Traverse with an incendiary piece of experimental storytelling. Framed by two violent deaths – the apparently inexplicable suicide of a young gay man, and the murder of drummer Lee…

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

RIVERRUN

  • 4 stars

Produced by TheEmergencyRoom/ Galway International Arts Festival/ Cusack Projects Limited '…Soft morning, city! Lsp! I am leafy speafing. Lpf! Folty and folty all the nights have being falling… Not a sound, falling. Lispn! No wind no word …' Olwen Fouéré, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers, performs her acclaimed…

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

SmallWar

  • 4 stars

SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Big in Belgium ‘When clean souls boil up in the backwash, they will consolidate after the final war, into a peace that shall endure … but not till then. By examining the things cast up in the backwash, we can gauge the progress of humanity’ (Ellen…

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 1

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Spoiling

  • 2 stars

John McCann's drama set in a newly independent Scotland.

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse Breakfast Plays

Enjoy the finest breakfast theatre in town as the award-winning Traverse Breakfast Plays return to the festival menu. Join us as six new writers embark on their creative journeys and bring six brand new plays to the stage. Discover Scottish playwriting's freshest talent whilst savouring an early morning coffee and…

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 2

£14 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Unfaithful

  • 4 stars

Can relationships withstand the brutality of betrayal? Joan and Tom, Tara and Peter; two couples struggling to comprehend their roles as lovers, partners and individuals. As Tom and Tara face the tedium of daily life, how far will they go to feel their hearts beat again? When their paths cross, the emotional fall-out will…

Sat 23 Aug

Traverse 1 / Over-16s only

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

Traverse 1 / Over-16s only

£19 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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