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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Events at this venue

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Adam

National Theatre of Scotland If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, exile is your only choice. Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam's fight across borders and genders to find a…

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 27 Aug

Breakfast Plays: B!rth

Traverse Theatre Company and Royal Exchange Theatre Four countries. One global controversy. Leading female playwrights from Syria, USA, India and UK question their country’s approach to birth practice and the cultural pressures that surround it. Heartfelt and hard-hitting, these plays tackle one of the key issues…

Tue 15 Aug

Traverse 2

£15.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

Traverse 2

£15.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£15.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 27 Aug

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.

Eve

National Theatre of Scotland Eve tells the story of a child raised as a boy, when she knew all along that was wrong. That child grew up to be one of the 10 outstanding women in Scotland in 2017. What does that do to our understanding of what it is to be human in times of revolutionary change? With trans rights again…

Thu 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Aug

An Evening With an Immigrant

Inua Ellams and Fuel Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams, born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered to be Boko Haram territory, left Nigeria for England in 1996 aged 12. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant story of…

Mon 21 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 22 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 23 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Kneehigh with Bristol Old Vic Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall are immortalised as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk traces this young couple as they…

Tue 15 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 16 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 17 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 27 Aug

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.

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony

The University of Edinburgh, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Traverse Theatre Join some of today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of insightful interviews and performed readings. The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates ground breaking drama produced worldwide in the last year. The £10,000 prize…

Mon 21 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Jess and Joe Forever

Farnham Maltings in association with the Orange Tree Theatre Meet Jess and Joe. They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred. Jess holidays there with her au pair. They are miles apart even when they stand next to each other. Jess and Joe Forever is a coming of age tale that explores rural life and…

Thu 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Aug

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.

Letters to Morrissey

Traverse Theatre Company in association with Tron Theatre It’s 1997. You’re 11. You’re sad, lonely and scared of doing anything that would get you singled out by the hopeless, angry people in your hometown. One day you see a man on telly. He’s mumbling, yet electrifying. He sings: 'I am human and I need to be loved…

Thu 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Aug

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

Sisters Grimm When a wild girl is captured in the rainforests of Borneo, all of Holland is set abuzz. The year is 1861, and pioneering neuroscientist Charles Penworth is called upon to raise the child from the pit of her animal nature. But who, indeed, is the real savage? An explosively messy mash-up of satire, slime…

Thu 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Aug

Locker Room Talk

Traverse Theatre Company During his controversial presidential campaign, Donald Trump regularly made statements considered by many to be misogynistic and offensive. Can such sexually abusive rhetoric really be accepted as mere locker room talk? Is he simply an individual, or one who speaks to a silent majority? Might…

Mon 21 Aug

Traverse 1

£9 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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

Nassim

Bush Theatre No rehearsals. No preparation. Just a sealed envelope and a different actor every performance reading a script for the first time. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour returns with an audacious theatrical event in which you will transcend borders and languages. Illuminating, touching, and playful…

Thu 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 27 Aug

Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone

Unity Theatre and Riksteatern (Sweden) in association with Young Vic Backed by a brilliant band, Olivier Award-nominated actress Josette Bushell-Mingo (Disney’s The Lion King) mixes story and song as she draws together tales from Nina Simone's life and her own extraordinary career. Touching upon the 1960s civil rights…

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 5 more dates until 13 Aug

Pre-View

The University of Edinburgh and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Five readings from brand new plays by Sonya Hayden, Catriona Scott, Andy Moseley, Brandon Shalansky and Carolyn Yates. Margaret of Anjou arrives in England to marry King Henry VI. An archaeological team investigate the site of a spiritual megalith. A young…

Mon 7 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 14 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Rainbow Soapbox

Dive Queer Party Legendary cabaret artists and arch dissectors of gender norms, Dive Queer Party are celebrating 70 years of the Edinburgh festivals (and 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality) by hopping on their Rainbow Soapbox for a series of live Party Political Broadcasts celebrating queer identity…

Mon 7 Aug

Traverse Bar Café

£9 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 14 Aug

Traverse Bar Café

£9 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 21 Aug

Traverse Bar Café

£9 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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.

TalkFest 2017: 01

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Made in Scotland Delve into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre maker. The Writer’s Director: How do directors work with playwrights to bring the world of the play to…

Mon 7 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

TalkFest 2017: 02

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Made in Scotland Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre maker. Pop Goes the Theatre!: Where do pop and theatre meet? Does pop make…

Mon 14 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Whip Hand

Traverse Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Dougie has just turned 50 and his family are throwing him a party. But it’s he who has the surprise. A bombshell proposal. He wants his ex-wife Arlene to back his new endeavour. He wants to serve a global cause, to make right a terrible wrong, even if it puts…

Thu 3 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 27 Aug

Wild Bore

Soho Theatre and Malthouse Theatre The first rule of making art is don’t respond to your critics. Soho Theatre, London, and Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, bring together three masters of smart, spiky, political performance in an international supergroup of Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott, to prove…

Tue 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 10 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 27 Aug

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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