Traverse Theatre

Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
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Traverse Theatre

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.

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Girl in the Machine

Wildly in love and with successful careers, Polly and Owen feel ready to take on the world. It seems like life can’t get much better. But when a mysterious new technology creeps into everyone’s phones, their world is turned upside down. Girl in the Machine is a timely exploration of technology in a world that’s falling…

Mon 3 Apr

£18 (£14) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 4 Apr

£18 (£14) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 5 Apr

£18 (£14) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 8 more dates until 15 Apr

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Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre

23 Sep 2016

From the Royal Lyceum to Buzzcut Festival, Gareth K Vile looks at theatrical extremes in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have strong traditions of popular and experimental theatre. Although the major venues on both coasts of the central belt often collaborate, each of the cities have their own particular performance personality: Glasgow goes for…

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