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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.
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Events at this venue
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Two dancers and two musicians encounter a giant wooden cube on the stage in this amusing dance piece that explores how to react to the unexpected and move forward from challenges. Ages 7-12 years.
Wed 31 May
An immersive production that takes you inside the head of a 12 year old girl, with live video, poetry and music. Ages 9-13+.
Mon 29 May
Girl in the Machine
A new play exploring our digital future.
Mon 3 Apr
Tue 4 Apr
Wed 5 Apr
A dance theatre show that tells the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood but with a contemporary twist, as three dancers perform the same role in turn. Ages 7-12 years.
Fri 2 Jun
Sat 3 Jun
Meet Me At Dawn
Two women wash up on a distant shore following a violent boating accident. Dazed by their experience, they look for a path home. But they discover that this unfamiliar land is not what it seems – and that, though they may be together, they have never been further apart. Unflinchingly honest and tenderly lyrical, Meet…
Fri 4 Aug
Sat 5 Aug
Sun 6 Aug
The story of a man and woman who live together in a house that is too small. Set in a cramped wooden box, the couple go about their everyday lives, despite the tight squeeze. A production that uses acrobatics and two very flexible performers to tell a comic tale. Ages 6-12 years.
Mon 29 May
The story of Dracula but not as you know it., with puppets, cello and fairground music and dramatic lighting telling a scary and very funny tale. Ages 8-12 years.
Thu 1 Jun
Fri 2 Jun
Reviews & features
Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre23 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…