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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There are 17 events at this location

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Blow Off

Julia Taudevin 'I’m not going to tell you her hair colour. Her skin colour. Whether she has an almond or a heart shaped face. All you need to know, right now, is that she is a person. Walking up a street. A street that you know.' Explosive new guerilla-gig-theatre from the co-creator of festival hits Beats and Chalk…

Mon 22 Aug

Traverse 1

£16.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

Traverse Theatre Company Technology permeates our lives in more complex ways than ever before. Traverse Associate Artists Rob Drummond, Morna Pearson, Tim Price and Stef Smith join forces to fight off killer robots, befriend cyborgs, forge unlikely connections and explore, first-hand, the many ways our lives may be…

Tue 16 Aug

Traverse 2

£14.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£14.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£14.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 28 Aug

Daffodils (A Play With Songs)

Bullet Heart Club This is far more than boy meets girl. Rose was 16. Eric, 18. He was a teddy boy, she was a farm girl. They met at the lake by the daffodils. Same place Eric’s parents met 20 years earlier. Fate? Perhaps. This critically acclaimed heart-breaker carves out the bittersweet nuances of one couple's life to…

Thu 4 Aug

Traverse 1

£14.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£14.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug

Diary of a Madman

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill Pop Sheeran, proudly shouldering the family trade of restoring the Forth Bridge, is about to lose it all. A global corporation has bought this Scottish icon, bringing with them innovative new paint. How will Pop fight back when he realises he’s painting himself out of a job? The company…

Thu 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug

Expensive Shit

Adura Onashile, Scottish Theatre Producers in association with Traverse Theatre 'The country change, the city change, the people dem think they change, but I tell you dem shit the same. Dem all dey run from it the same.' One toilet attendant. Two sets of toilets. One night. Worlds apart. The story of a nightclub toilet…

Thu 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug back to top

Greater Belfast

Little King and Tron Theatre in association with Traverse Theatre A gig like no other; these are songs for a city growing greater and greater. Little King blends poetic storytelling with powerful contemporary composition for string quartet to paint a moving portrait of a city still aching from the violence of its…

Thu 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug

In Fidelity

HighTide in association with Traverse Theatre Company The new exciting theatre experience from the creator of Bullet Catch and Quiz Show. 2016 marks Rob and Lucy's 15th anniversary. What better way to celebrate than to create a show about love? For research, Rob underwent an MRI scan. His ventromedial prefrontal cortex…

Thu 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016: The Award Ceremony

The University of Edinburgh, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Traverse Theatre Join us for this special event, presented by the University of Edinburgh in association with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and the Traverse Theatre. The £10,000 prize celebrates plays that display an original theatrical voice, written in…

Mon 22 Aug

Traverse 2

£6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mark Thomas: Red Shed

Incisive humour and satire as Mark Thomas explores the arena where he began stand-up: a red wooden shed in Wakefield.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£14.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 28 Aug

Milk

Traverse Theatre Company Three couples struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption. Funny, dark and provocative, Milk explores the universal need…

Fri 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£14.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£14.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug back to top

Mouse – The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought

Daniel Kitson and Higgledy Piggledy Enterprises Currently 38 years old and still not entirely bald, Daniel Kitson returns to the Traverse Theatre with a massive whiteboard, an angle poise lamp, anything up to three ladders, and a relatively new show about friendship and loneliness, doubt and hope, a mouse, a phone call…

Tue 2 Aug

Traverse 1

£8.50 / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£8.50 / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

Traverse 1

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug

My Eyes Went Dark

107group in association with Cusack Projects Ltd Written and directed by Matthew Wilkinson. A thrilling modern tragedy about a Russian architect driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash. Cal MacAninch and Thusitha Jayasundera give electrifying performances in this searing new play about the human…

Thu 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£18.50 (£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug

Panti: High Heels in Low Places

THISISPOPBABY and Soho Theatre The Queen of Ireland Panti invites you into her gender-discombobulating, stiletto shaped world, exposing stories behind the make-up – from performance giant to accidental activist – to reveal the national f*cking treasure she is today. In 2014, Panti landed herself in a legal shitstorm…

Mon 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£14.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 10 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 4 more dates until 14 Aug

Pre-View

University of Edinburgh and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Readings from seven new plays. Get in at ground level with the most exciting playwrights of the future, from Canada, USA, England and Scotland. Extracts from the plays are performed as script-in-hand readings by professional actors. All writers are graduating…

Mon 8 Aug

Traverse 2

£6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 15 Aug

Traverse 2

£6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

Royal Shakespeare Company You are expected to behave. Use the right words. Act appropriately. Don’t break the rules. Just behave. This play is not well behaved. Alice Birch examines the language, behaviour and forces that shape women in the 21st century, and asks what’s stopping us from doing something truly radical to…

Tue 16 Aug

Traverse 1

£14.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 17 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 18 Aug

Traverse 1

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 28 Aug

TalkFest 2016: 01

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Made in Scotland Join Playwrights’ Studio Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse’s own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lively, engaging discussions, expertly led by Scotland’s leading playwrights and…

Mon 8 Aug

Traverse 2

£6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

TalkFest 2016: 02

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Made in Scotland Join Playwrights’ Studio Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse’s own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lively, engaging discussions, expertly led by Scotland’s leading playwrights and…

Mon 15 Aug

Traverse 2

£6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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