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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Bounce!

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Thu 1 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Brian Kellock & Jon-Erik Kellso

The trumpeter and pianist showed that jazz could be a thrilling conversation, with two soloists spurring each other on, and responding sympathetically to everything their partner did. It was a revolution in jazz. Kellock and Kellso are musicians inspired by such approaches, and they can also sound like Hines and…

Wed 19 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

David Bowden & Charlie Stewart Band

Young Traditional Musician of the year, fiddler Charlie Stewart meets bassist David Bowden, winner of Young Scottish Jazz Musician to form a special new band, and here it is. The best young talent from Glasgow's thriving folk and jazz scenes.

Tue 18 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Dolphin Boy ft.Playtime Trio

The Playtime Trio has been building a serious following for their transcendent and epic one hour continuous improvisations at The Out House. Here they improvise one set alone and for the other, interact live with remixes of their new CD by cult down tempo mash up maestro DJ Dolphin Boy.

Sat 22 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Falling Dreams

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Tue 30 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Fragile Bliss / Medbøe Hamilton Kane

Jazz meets folk: Fragile Bliss are an exceptional group from the Czech Republic, who create acoustic music that sounds as though jazz, classical and folk roots of central Europe have been distilled into a perfect balance. A specially assembled chamber trio celebrate guitarist, Haftor Medbøe's half-century, with Steve…

Thu 20 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Graeme Stephen Trio with Aidan O'Rourke

Beautiful melodies, rhythms full of surprises, evocative soundscapes, hard edged grittiness and creative flights define his Trio, and here they are with the superstar folk fiddler Aidan ORourke (Lau) in a brilliant jazz/folk crossover world.

Fri 21 Jul

Cafe Bar

£15.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

In Common

This new project by Tom Bancroft starts with the bodhran and the tablaand a drone, adds Indian Classical Violin and improvising jazz guitar and continues adding layers and voices - some surprising - in a cross genre super-creative way. Sharat Srivastava (violin), Graeme Stephen (guitar & loops), Gyan Singh (tabla)…

Fri 14 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Jim Petrie Festival All Stars

The trumpeter and vocalist has an emotional cry that touches nerves of fellow musicians and audiences alike. He's a diehard traditionalist, with no time for modern jazz and beyond, yet his steely, passionate music reaches out across all audiences. Brian Kellock and John Burgess have long wanted to play with him, and…

Sun 23 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

The Katet plays Stevie Wonder

The seven-piece funk machine, fronted by singer Mike Kearney, delivers pounding grooves, thick stacks of funky horns and whiplash-inducing bass fills, with seminal tunes by Stevie Wonder.

Mon 17 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Little Red

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sat 3 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sun 4 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

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

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 5 Aug

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 6 Aug

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 18 more dates until 27 Aug

Narrow

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Tue 30 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Nosferatu

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Fri 2 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sat 3 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Rumba De Bodas

Their high-octane, gypsy-swing travels from latina to swing, balcanica to reggae, soul to folk into an ever-changing musical mix. From starting life as a loose collective in the backstreet music bars of Bologna, they’re now an international phenomenon packing out Festivals of all musical styles. The band that everyone…

Sat 15 Jul

Cafe Bar

£15 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Steve Kettley Pygmies and Trio Velcro

The saxophonist has wandered far across musical styles – from free improv to Salsa Celtica – and many styles beyond – from multiple theatre shows to his duo with Liz Lochhead. Here he is with his punchy sax/tuba/drums Trio and the fun-loving afro, Latin, ska-jazz, bues and soul six piece band. A double delight!

Sun 16 Jul

Cafe Bar

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

Reviews & features

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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