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.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

There are 17 events at this location

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Atlantis Banal: Beneath the Surface

Children's show about the artist Atlantis Banal, set in a pop-up art gallery.

Thu 21 Nov

2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 22 Nov

2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 23 Nov

2

£9 (Children £7) / 0131 228 1404

Black Men Walking

Theatre piece about a monthly Black men's walking group in the Peak District which explores aspects of the Black British identity and the history of Black Britons in the UK.

Wed 18 Sep

1

£16 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 19 Sep

1

£16 / 0131 228 1404

Fri 20 Sep

1

£16 / 0131 228 1404

Sat 21 Sep

1

£16 / 0131 228 1404

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is […]

Four new plays from four ascendant playwrights – Erin McGee, Eve Nicol, Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir and Diane Stewart – with a breakfast roll included in the ticket price.

Wed 21 Aug

2

£11 / 0131 228 1404

  • 09:00 – 09:45
Traverse 2

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

  • 09:00 – 09:50

Thu 22 Aug

2

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

2

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Burgerz

  • 4 stars

Part of Shout Festival programme (LGBTQ+) Burgerz is Alabanza’s new theatre show, and their first body of work of this kind. An exploration of the harassment Travis (and other trans bodies) experienced in public throughout 2016, Burgerz asks the question: what does the trans body do in order to survive and how does…

Wed 21 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Crocodile Fever

  • 4 stars

Traverse Theatre Company in association with Lyric Theatre, Belfast Northern Ireland, 1989. Rebellious Fianna Devlin crashes back into the life of her pious sister Alannah. Together for the first time in years, they are back at each other's throats in seconds. And when they are forced to confront their tyrannical…

Wed 21 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

The Drift

Spoken word show by Hannah Lavery, exploring the experience of being 'mixed' in Scotland.

Thu 10 Oct

2

£14 / 0131 228 1404

Enough

  • 4 stars

Traverse Theatre Company Jane and Toni are immaculate, iconic, accommodating flight attendants. Or so you think. But 30,000 feet below them their seemingly perfect lives are rapidly unravelling. Beneath them they feel the ground shake. Something is rising up, something which can not be ignored. And it's calling out for…

Wed 21 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

Battersea Arts Centre and BAC Beatbox Academy Electrifying gig. Thrilling theatre. Tongue-twisting vocal gymnastics. Mary Shelley’s original, re-imagined with songs, soundscapes and sonic trickery. Experience the power of the human voice breathing life into monsters all around us. Frankenstein will leave you asking…

Wed 21 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

How Not to Drown

  • 3 stars

True story of Dritan, a child asylum seeker who makes the perilous journey across the Adriatic and must then endure the British care system.

Wed 21 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Martin and Eliza Carthy

Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy join forces to perform acoustic folk.

Sun 24 Nov

Bar

£10 / 0131 228 1404

The Monstrous Heart

Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. But when her estranged daughter Beth turns up on the doorstep having been freshly released from prison, the past becomes terrifyingly present. And it has teeth.

Tue 22 Oct

1

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 23 Oct

1

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 24 Oct

1

£14–£19 / 0131 228 1404

…and 7 more dates until 2 Nov

Mouthpiece

Traverse Theatre Company After a critically acclaimed London run, the powerful Traverse Theatre hit about class, culture and appropriation returns with a new cast. Salisbury Crags. Twilight. A woman takes a step forward into the air. A teenage boy pulls her back. Two lives are changed forever. Frank, unflinching and…

Wed 21 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

The Patient Gloria

  • 2 stars

Gina Moxley and Abbey Theatre with Pan Pan Theatre Company The Patient Gloria wowed audiences at the Abbey Theatre during its sold-out world premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival. Inspired by the 1965 films Three Approaches To Psychotherapy (the Gloria Films), this provocative and upfront meditation on therapy and…

Wed 21 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

  • 4 stars

Javaad Alipoor and HOME in association with Traverse Theatre Company The global gap between rich and poor grows. As the world is decaying, the spawn of the powerful dance like everyone is watching. From the company behind the award-winning The Believers Are But Brothers, this darkly comedic, urgent new play about…

Wed 21 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Trying It On

  • 3 stars

Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate It’s 1968, the height of the worldwide student revolt. David is 20. The Vietnam War rages. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David's politics, his writing and his life. 50 years on, in his professional performing debut, David is confronted by his…

Wed 21 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 24 Aug

1

£21 / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Until the Flood

  • 5 stars

Arcola Theatre Production Company Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) performs the UK premiere of her poetic and revelatory play. Based on extensive interviews with Missouri residents after the 2014 shooting of African American teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, this unmissable…

Wed 21 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 22 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 23 Aug

2

£20 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Traverse 2

£21 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 2 more dates until 25 Aug

Whirlygig

Absurdist live performance exploring music and physical movement.

Fri 13 Sep

1

£9 (Children £7) / 0141 276 9696 (option 1)

Sat 14 Sep

1

£9 (Children £7) / 0141 276 9696 (option 1)

Reviews & features

The Edinburgh theatre scene beyond the Fringe

20 Sep 2018

We explore why Edinburgh's theatre scene is still alive and kicking, way beyond August

If you're arriving in Edinburgh in September, you're likely to be greeted by a litany of old Fringe flyers, with the occasional Festival poster still tacked up on a wall. But don't for a second think this means that Edinburgh's stages are winding down…

Traverse Theatre's Festival 2018 programme announced

16 May 2018

Including new work from David Ireland and the return of the Fringe favourite Breakfast Plays

Never one to shy away from difficult topics, the Traverse Theatre's complete lineup for Fringe 2018 boasts some of their most challenging works of theatre yet, beginning with the world premiere of James Tait Black winner David Ireland's Ulster America…

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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