Traverse theatre launch new writing festival Write Here

Traverse theatre launch new writing festival Write Here

Offers audience chance to see works in progress by many writers

Two months into her role as the Traverse’s artistic director, Orla O’Loughlin has launched one of the most exciting new writing festivals Edinburgh has seen in years. Write Here will showcase work from the theatre’s Young Writers Group graduates alongside talks by Traverse luminaries Zinnie Harris and Gregory Burke and rehearsals of new plays by Peter Arnott, Rob Drummond and Morna Pearson.

O’Loughlin says: ‘It’s an offer to the audience to come and see a wide range of work at very different stages of development by writers at different stages of their career. The gesture is come and get involved, come and participate. It’s a two way process: it’s not just about us saying “here’s some work, come and see it”. It’s actually come and tell us what you think of it, meet the writers, ask me a question.’

Demos, a new audience-driven verbatim play by 2012 Olivier Award nominee Tim Price, will end the festival and promises to be a thrilling climax. ‘Tim spent a lot of time around the Occupy movement, recording and speaking to people,’ O’Loughlin explains. ‘He wrote a play with over 50 parts, which asks what democracy is and what democracy looks like. In order to stage it, it requires people to get involved. Part of the joy is how is this going to work? Is it going to work? It’s an offer to the audience to come and make it happen. I can’t think of anything quite like it – and that’s the whole purpose of doing it.’

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 16–Tue 24 Apr

The Fly Room

A new play by Peter Arnott, the first Resident Playwright to be based at the ESRC Genomics Forum in a creative partnership with the Traverse. In the piece, genetically engineered survivors of an extinct human race gather in a library at the end of time – all earthly life is here, stored in DNA sequencing, but they have…

First Breaks

Writers including DC Jackson and Tawona Sithole talk about the first breaks that got their careers off the ground with Traverse Literary Officer Jennifer Williams. Part of Write Here New Writing Festival.

Going the Distance

Recently appointed Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin discusses with three playwrights their experiences of writing a play for the Traverse, from initial idea to production. The writers are Zinnie Harris, Gregory Burke and Ursula Rani Sarma. Part of Write Here New Writing Festival.

Working with Playwrights: A Workshop for Directors

Half-day workshop with Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin and playwright Tim Price exploring how directors can work with playwrights. Part of Write Here New Writing Festival.

Write Here: End of Festival Party

A party to round off the Traverse's new festival of new writing, programmed by its new Artistic Director, Orla O'Loughlin.

Too Far Gone

A new play by Rob Drummond, about a mysterious spate of deaths in a remote island community.

The Artist Man and the Mother Woman

The Traverse directing debut of recently appointed Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin. A new play by Morna Pearson, this black comedy is about a middle-aged art teacher, still living with his mother, who sets out to get a girlfriend.

Traverse Introducing

A series of rehearsed readings of work developed by the Traverse with next generation of playwrights.


World premiere of a new play by Tim Price, composed from interviews conducted in response to the Occupy Movement of winter 2011/12. The audience will be involved in the performance, and are instructed to bring along a winter hat or gloves, as well as a tie or dress shirt. Part of Write Here New Writing Festival.

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