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 28 events at this location

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A Feast of Bones

A story set in World War One about revenge served cold, based on the tale of Henny Penny.

Mon 28 May

Over-9s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Tue 29 May

Over-9s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Baba Yaga

A hilarious, musical retelling of an old Russian folktale for children aged 7 to 12 years and families.

Mon 28 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Tue 29 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Wed 30 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

…and 4 more dates until 3 Jun

Breakfast Plays: YOUTHQUAKE

Three young Scottish playwrights pair up with three leading British writers to produce work that explores how the younger generation can create social and political change.

Tue 14 Aug

£12 / 0131 228 1404

  • 09:00
Traverse 2

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 15 Aug

£12 / 0131 228 1404

  • 09:00
Traverse 2

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 16 Aug

£12 / 0131 228 1404

  • 09:00
Traverse 2

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 10 more dates until 26 Aug

Chrysalis

Created and curated by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, Chrysalis – their annual festival of youth performance – presents a selection of young people’s work that can stand as examples of excellence. First formed in 2015, this unique platform has an emphasis on emerging youthful companies who present uncompromising…

Thu 1 Nov

Times vary / prices tbc / 0131 228 1404

Please note: exact dates to be confirmed.

Fri 2 Nov

Times vary / prices tbc / 0131 228 1404

Please note: exact dates to be confirmed.

Sat 3 Nov

Times vary / prices tbc / 0131 228 1404

Please note: exact dates to be confirmed.

…and 27 more dates until 30 Nov

Class

Iseult Golden and David Horan in association with Abbey Theatre 'Inspired look at society through the prism of a parent-teacher meeting' ★★★★★ (Sunday Times). Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently…

Thu 2 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

Coriolanus Vanishes

Fire Exit in co-production with Tron Theatre A tense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. Chris experienced three deaths, one after another. She's in prison awaiting trial. But she doesn’t exactly know why. From multi award-winning 'genius' (Scotsman), 'maverick' (Guardian) and 'Fringe institution…

Thu 2 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

The Darkness Or Else The Light

An anonymous hack – an act of sabotage or revenge – kicks off a chain of events that changes the whole of society. Suddenly a group of young people must learn how to survive in a world where the private has become public, everyone’s data is out there for all to see, and a person’s every action can apparently be predicted.

Fri 8 Jun

£6–£12 / 0131 228 1404

Sat 9 Jun

£6–£12 / 0131 228 1404

Expedition Peter Pan

Journey back to Neverland and the joys of childhood with the king of make-believe himself.

Fri 1 Jun

Over-7s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sat 2 Jun

Over-7s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sun 3 Jun

Over-7s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

The Greatest Play in the History of the World…

Tara Finney Productions in association with Royal Exchange Theatre A love story, set on Preston Road, and also in space and in time. A man wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped. Through the crack in his bedroom curtains, he can see no signs of life at all… other than a light in the…

Thu 2 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018: The Award Ceremony

The University of Edinburgh in association with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland 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 is…

Mon 20 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Kaela Rowan Band

Scottish vocalist Kaela Rowan, former lead singer with Mouth Music and Solas.

Mon 4 Jun

£11 / 0131 228 1404

  • 20:00

Mark Thomas' Check-up: Our NHS @ 70

Mark speaks to leading experts, and looks at what lies ahead for our health service.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 7 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 26 Aug

Mbuzeni

The story of four orphan girls in a remote South African village who become obsessed with death and burials. Told through singing, music, poetry and the tonal clicking language of Xhosa.

Wed 30 May

Over-12s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Thu 31 May

Over-12s only

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Meek

Headlong in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre In a society where private lives become political and freedom of expression is not an option, Irene finds herself imprisoned. As tales of her incarceration spread overseas and her growing exposure becomes a threat, she is forced to make a brutal decision.

Tue 31 Jul

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 26 Aug

The Miss Annabel Sings Show

Dive Queer Party present an afternoon of cabaret hosted by Miss Annabel Sings.

Fri 15 Jun

£6–£12 / 0131 228 1404

The Miss Annabel Sings Show: Pride March

Sat 16 Jun

£6–£12 / 0131 228 1404

The Miss Annabel Sings Show: Pride March

Nigel Slater’s Toast

PW Productions presents The Lowry production Nigel Slater’s Toast is a new play based on his award-winning autobiography. Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From making the perfect sherry trifle and waging war over cakes…

Tue 7 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 8 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 9 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 15 more dates until 26 Aug

On the Exhale

China Plate and Audible with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth Like a child, a weapon won't be satisfied until it dominates your every thought… After a devastating school shooting, a woman develops an obsession that begins to take over every aspect of her existence. The UK premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s 'startlingly…

Thu 2 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

Pass Out

Showcase from students at Performing Arts Studio Scotland at Edinburgh College.

Wed 23 May

£6–£12 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 24 May

£6–£12 / 0131 228 1404

Pre-View

The University of Edinburgh and Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Four readings from brand-new plays by Erica Mack, Felix Maxwell, Madison Pollack and Derek Roland, who are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh. Performed by professional actors. Rebecca’s ghost rises from its casket, worried…

Mon 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 13 Aug

Traverse 2

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Roots/crossings

Three internationally-touring musicians unite to create a cross-cultural collaboration based on the music of their Lithuanian and Scottish roots through a contemporary lens using improvisation, electronics, and diverse instruments. Together Abraham Brody (voice, violin, piano, electronics), Emma Smith (Bass), and Atzi…

Tue 22 May

£12 (£5–£10) / 0131 228 1404

Sloth Racket @ Bitches Brew

In response to the eternal assumption that the only woman in the band must be the singer, Bitches Brew is a night of music written / improvised and performed by some of the best female instrumentalists around. Flying in the face of reports that all-female bands are often seen by bookers and agents as novelty acts, and…

Tue 5 Jun

£10 / 0131 228 1404

TalkFest 2018: 01

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Made in Scotland Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre-maker. Every Picture Tells a Story: what are the challenges of making theatre…

Mon 6 Aug

Traverse 2

£5 / 0131 228 1404

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

TalkFest 2018: 02

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and Made in Scotland Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre-maker. Lost (and Found) in Translation: what fresh meaning or understanding can be brought…

Mon 13 Aug

Traverse 2

£5 / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Theatre Uncut: Women on Power

Theatre Uncut The multi award-winning political agitators are back at the Traverse with a morning of outstanding new writing and fiery debate. Join the Theatre Uncut team as they present their brand-new collection of plays by some of the UK's most dynamic female playwrights exploring the theme of power. They will also…

Mon 6 Aug

Traverse Bar Café

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mon 13 Aug

Traverse Bar Café

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tim Key: Megadate

The award-winning comedian, performance poet and actor engages in autumnal wistfulness as he mixes pithy verse with storytelling.

Wed 13 Jun

£22 (£18; Students £15; under 30s £15; other concession £11) / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30

Thu 14 Jun

£22 (£18; Students £15; under 30s £15; other concession £11) / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30

Ulster American

Traverse Theatre Company Jay is the Oscar-winning actor taking the lead in a play that connects with his Irish roots. Leigh is the ambitious director who will do anything to get noticed. And Ruth is the Northern Irish playwright whose voice must be heard. The stage is set for great success but when the three meet, a…

Thu 2 Aug

Traverse 2

£13 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 2

£20.50 (£15.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 26 Aug

Underground Railroad Game

Soho Theatre presents the Ars Nova production Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson. The duo tackle race, sex and power politics in this R-rated, kaleidoscopic, and fearless comedy. The 2017 Obie Award winner and Time Out New…

Thu 2 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 26 Aug

What Girls Are Made Of

Traverse Theatre Company, Raw Material in association with Regular Music In 1992 a schoolgirl from Fife was catapulted to a rock star life in an indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn’t. Based on her teenage diaries, this is the true story of Cora Bissett’s…

Fri 3 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Traverse 1

£15 (£9) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Traverse 1

£21.50 (£16.50) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 26 Aug

Reviews & features

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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