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 17 events at this location

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Am I Dead Yet?

Unlimited Theatre Death is no longer a moment. It's a process. A process that can be reversed. Two friends, talking (and singing) about what happens when we die, how we think about dying and, most importantly, how some of us might be brought back. Performed by Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe, Am I Dead Yet? is filled with…

Tue 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 20 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 30 Aug

The Christians

Gate Theatre From the team that brought you 2013’s festival hit, Grounded. For the last 20 years Pastor Paul has been building his church. Starting in a modest storefront, he now presides over a flock of thousands. Idolised by his followers, today should be a day for joy and celebration. But the sermon Paul is about to…

Mon 3 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 30 Aug

Crash

Traverse Theatre Company 'Nothing ever happened that you didn’t allow to happen.' Confidence is everything in the world of high finance. Confidence in yourself, confidence in the market. Lose that and you lose everything. Crash is the story of a city stock trader rebuilding his life within a hinterland where material…

Thu 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 30 Aug

Fake It 'til You Make It

Presented by Bryony Kimmings Ltd, Soho Theatre and Avalon Promotions Six months into their relationship, Bryony found out that Tim suffered from severe clinical depression. This was a secret Tim had kept for a very long time. Fake It ‘til You Make It is Edinburgh Fringe First winner Bryony Kimmings’ new work about…

Thu 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 30 Aug

A Gambler's Guide to Dying

Gary McNair with Show And Tell What are the odds of living an extraordinary life? The story of one boy’s granddad who won a fortune betting on the 1966 World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. An intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind. Gary…

Thu 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 30 Aug back to top

The Garden

Produced by sound Set at a time when humanity’s resources have run out, John and Zinnie Harris’ dystopian tale tells of a couple at the end of their tether. Living on the 10th floor of a high-rise block, they discover hope in the form of a strange tree growing through their kitchen floor. Based on an original short…

Tue 18 Aug

Traverse Foyer: Meeting Point

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

Traverse Foyer: Meeting Point

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 20 Aug

Traverse Foyer: Meeting Point

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 30 Aug

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing

  • Directed by: Annie Ryan
  • Written by: Annie Ryan (adapt)

Adaptation of Eimear McBride's award-winning novel.

Thu 6 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 30 Aug

How to Keep an Alien

Rough Magic in Association With Soho Theatre How to Keep an Alien: A story about falling in love and proving it to the government. Sonya Kelly (The Wheelchair on My Face, Fringe First Award 2012) is back with a tearfully funny, tender memoir about securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner. Join her madcap…

Thu 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 30 Aug

An Oak Tree

Tim Crouch Man turns tree into girl. An intricate story of loss and suggestion performed by the playwright himself and a different second actor at each performance – an actor who has neither seen nor read a word of the play they’re in until they’re in it. This ground-breaking Obie and Herald Angel award-winning…

Tue 4 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 6 more dates until 16 Aug

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

National Theatre of Scotland and Live Theatre Catholic schoolgirls go wild! The choir trip to the capital goes badly wrong. Funny, sad and raucously rude. A play about singing, sex and sambuca. Six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. A musical play…

Tue 18 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 20 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 30 Aug back to top

Pardon / In Cuffs

SKaGeN, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Big in Belgium Much is at stake for those who've just been caught in the act: either a judgement will be passed or they'll have a lucky escape. From the creators of BigMouth and SmallWar, and inspired by the documentaries of award-winning Magnum photographer…

Thu 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 7 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 2

£18 (£13) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 30 Aug

Pre-View

University of Edinburgh and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Four readings, four brand new plays, four emerging writers, from Scotland, England and the USA. Extracts from the plays are performed as script in hand readings by a professional ensemble of Scottish actors. All writers are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting…

Mon 10 Aug

Traverse 2

£6 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£6 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Swallow

Traverse Theatre Company 'Who said smashing things up was a bad thing?' Balanced precariously on the tipping point, three strangers are about to face their demons head on. They might just be able to save one another if they can only overcome their urge to self-destruct. Painful yet playful, poignant but uplifting, this…

Fri 7 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 30 Aug

TalkFest 2015: 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 Theatre's own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Lively, engaging discussions, expertly led by Scotland’s leading…

Mon 10 Aug

Traverse 2

£6 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

TalkFest 2015: 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 Theatre’s own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Lively, engaging discussions, expertly led by Scotland’s leading…

Mon 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£6 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tomorrow

Vanishing Point, in co-production with Brighton Festival, Tramway, Cena Contemporanea A major international co-production, Tomorrow is a profound, stunningly original meditation on needing care and needing to care. A young man suddenly finds himself in an alarmingly unfamiliar place, where everyone has his best…

Tue 11 Aug

Traverse 1

£14 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 12 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 13 Aug

Traverse 1

£20 (£15) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 30 Aug

Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow

Traverse Theatre Company What does Tomorrow mean to playwrights across the globe? This year the Traverse has commissioned six leading playwrights from China, Egypt, Ukraine, Canada, Turkey and Scotland to write a script which explores their vision of the future. Come and see these script-in-hand readings and enjoy a…

Tue 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£14 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£14 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 20 Aug

Traverse 2

£14 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 30 Aug

Offers

Win Tickets to 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour'

Based on Alan Warner's brilliant novel, The Sopranos, and adapted by Lee Hall, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour tells the story of six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day.

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