Traverse Theatre

Traverse Theatre
Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED

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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.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Event times

There are 6 events at this location

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By Hand (A Mano)

Told with hands and clay characters the show follows a small hero and his desire to escape from the window of a pottery shop.

Mon 11 May

Over-6s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Tue 12 May

Over-6s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Wed 13 May

Over-6s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Dream City

De Dansers use live music and invigorating dance to tell the story of children living in a war zone. Suitable for ages 6–11.

Thu 14 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Fri 15 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sat 16 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sun 17 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

The Gold Digger

A cast of actors and musicians sing and tell their stories of searching for gold in America and longing for the land they left behind. Accompanied by live bluegrass music. Ages 10+.

Fri 15 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sat 16 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Henry the Fifth

Unicorn Theatre present a modern telling of Shakespeare's play that explores the way power can lead to conflict. Ages 8+.

Mon 11 May

Over-8s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Tue 12 May

Over-8s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Wed 13 May

Over-8s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Mess

  • 3 stars

Olivier Award nominee Caroline Horton's play about anorexia and recovery. Ages 13+.

Thu 14 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Fri 15 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Sat 16 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Waves

Waves tells the story of young Australian Elizabeth Moncello, the unofficial inventor of the butterfly stroke, who copied the fish, penguins and dolphins. Suitable for ages 8+.

Mon 11 May

Over-8s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Tue 12 May

Over-8s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

Thu 14 May

Over-8s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Imaginate Festival.

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