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

There are 15 events at this location

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Adam

  • 5 stars

A remarkable, true story of a young trans man fleeing from Egypt to Scotland. Presented by National Theatre of Scotland.

Thu 17 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 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…

Thu 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£15.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 09:00 – 09:45

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£15.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£15.50 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 27 Aug

Eve

  • 3 stars

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 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 11:00 – 12:10

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 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…

Thu 17 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 16:00 – 17:30

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 27 Aug

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

  • 2 stars

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 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 27 Aug

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 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 15:45 – 16:55

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 27 Aug

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

  • 4 stars

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 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 13:30 – 14:40

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 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

  • 4 stars

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…

Thu 17 Aug

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

  • 19:15 – 20:40

Fri 18 Aug

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 19 Aug

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 7 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 17 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 18:15 – 19:25

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 2

£19.50 (£14.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 27 Aug

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 21 Aug

Traverse Bar Café

£9 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Whip Hand

  • 4 stars

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 17 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 13:00 – 14:25

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 more dates until 27 Aug

Wild Bore

  • 5 stars

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…

Thu 17 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 10:00 – 11:00

Fri 18 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 7 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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