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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A journey of pain, intensity, failure and emotional manipulation. A visceral and unblinking examination of the trauma of abuse – emotional, physical, sexual. There is always a way out though. There are always supportive people willing to help. That the closed blind circle of pain may end in a positive way. That then…

Thu 7 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 22:00

Mon 28 Jan

£16 / 0131 228 1404

Plus Heidi Talbot.

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Animated Highlights: 2018

Curated by The Edinburgh Short Film Festival, a programme of brilliant, dynamic shorts featuring: Coyote - Best European Short Animation Film 2018 Hybrids - Best Student Film at Annecy International Animated Film Festival Late Afternoon - Best Animated Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Wicked Girl - Jury Prize at…

Sat 9 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 12:00

The Art of Stop-Motion Animation with Will Becher

An illustrated talk by animator and director Will Becher, from the team at Aardman (responsible for award-winning productions such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep). Using examples from his career, rarely seen behind the scenes footage and puppets from Aardman’s latest feature film Early Man, Will illustrates the…

Sat 9 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 14:00

Beguiled

Two intimate one-act table-top puppetry pieces from one of the UK’s leading experimental puppetry companies - Catmother (45’) an experimental, toy theatre style re-telling of a scary Victorian children’s tale, set to a live played double bass score. Bewitching and chilling, it also has an unusual performance feature.

Fri 8 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 17:45
  • 19:45

Clown Cabaret Special Edition

A fantasia of becoming an action hero? Can the show always go on, no matter how full one’s hands get? Perhaps a champion will emerge if the fates allow? Or will dark temptations vampirishly vacuum the dreams of a clown? And scatter them sheepishly before an ominous telephonic tone? What does it all mean…!?!

Sat 9 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00

Contemporary Animation: South American Master

Carlos Santa is an eminent award-winning pioneer of experimental animation in South America and a mentor of many of today’s young Colombian artists. Prominent and active since the early 1990s as an artist, painter and sculptor, The Passenger Of The Night (1990), The Dark Forest (1994), and Fragments (2000) are some of his…

Sat 9 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:15

Dimly Lit: The Classic Literature Book Group

Dimly Lit is a book group for people who love modern and vintage classic literature. We cover modern classics like The Handmaid's Tale, and The Color Purple, as well as more traditional works by the likes of Dickens, Austen etc. We meet once a fortnight Shakespeare's Pub opposite Usher Hall. It's non-pretentious…

Thu 24 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30 – 21:22

Thu 7 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30 – 21:22

Thu 21 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

  • 19:30 – 21:22
…and 2 more dates until 21 Mar

Edinburgh Autism Meetup Group

A meetup, social and supportive. Discuss anything about life or concerns or interests, as an aspie/autistic spectrumite. Any preference, for serious or for social, is okay. Any condition in the less severe part of the autistic spectrum is okay. Believing you have it is okay, diagnosis not needed, it can be good to be…

Sat 26 Jan

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Sat 2 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Sat 9 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

  • 18:00 – 21:00
…and 4 more dates until 16 Mar

Extremely Pedestrian Chorales

A quartet of dancers, a beguiling mix of high and low art exploring the multifarious roles and movement language of the pedestrian, a prosaic and commonplace experience of the everyday as an act of beauty, meaning and gentle comedy. Inspired in form and structure by the sublime harmonies of JS Bach’s famous chorales…

Mon 4 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30

Fooligan

A modular, musical cabaret act presented by grotesque 18th century characters who form a merry band, The Bridges of Madness. Through songs, poems, soundscape, movement, dance (in the broadest sense), and storytelling the audience is taken on a hilarious theatrical journey, playfully exploring themes of mortality, the…

Fri 8 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 22:15

The Funeral Director

The director of a Muslim funeral parlour must make a profound moral choice when a man comes to organise his boyfriend's funeral.

Thu 7 Mar

£5–£17 / 0131 228 1404

  • 20:00 – 21:30

Wed 23 Jan

£10 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

  • 20:30 – 22:05

Images & Words: A Double Bill

Adjust by Ainslie Henderson (15'): At four weeks your baby embryo is the size of a poppy seed, tiny, a tidal wave on the horizon. I feel the ground shaking. I’ve been so careful, as careful as a stop-motion animator, freakishly controlling every frame of every moment, a string of relationships in my wake, ending up almost…

Sat 9 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00

Intronauts

In a dystopian near future you’ll be able to buy personal cleaners called Intronauts: miniaturized human workers injected into your body to carry out essential maintenance. But what happens if the cleaner discovers your dirty laundry? And how much, actually, do you want to know about what goes on inside you? A madcap…

Tue 5 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30

Invisible Lands

When war knocked on our door we left our home behind. We looked ahead and started walking, tiny TV screen figures wandering a large and unforgiving world… Our bodies are our homes, the landscape of our lives. Private vulnerable places, to be protected and cherished. By using bodies as visceral, organic performance…

Wed 6 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 17:00
  • 21:00

Leading in Scotland Seminar

What are the current trends and challenges specific to the visual/physical/puppetry sectors in Scotland? What does it mean to be a Scottish-based theatre-maker working with ambitions to present work nationally and internationally? What more can sector organisations do together to support Scottish-based artists? As a…

Tue 5 Feb

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 10:00

Life Journeys - Animating the World

One artist's journey from a very poor Polish town to the glamour of Hollywood. Balbina Bruszewska is a multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed animator, collage artist, filmmaker, designer and philosopher. She studied at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, and screen writing at UCLA in Los Angeles.

Sat 9 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 16:00

Little Gift

Children's show about an old soul who gets a surprise visitor, told through puppetry and original music. Suitable for ages 3–7.

Fri 15 Feb

£10 (Children £8) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 16 Feb

£10 (Children £8) / 0131 228 1404

Locker Room Talk

Political drama 'inspired' by comments by Donald Trump during his campaign. A provocative exploration of how men speak about women in men-only spaces, by Gary McNair.

Tue 23 Apr

£9 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

Wed 24 Apr

£9 (£7) / 0131 228 1404

Macbeth

An epic tale of betrayal, regicide, madness, storms and battles set in Scotland’s rugged and unforgiving landscape, Shakespeare’s tragedy is brought vividly to life. Beautifully drawn puppets, evocative music, atmospheric foley sound and dynamic cinematic projection combine to create a captivating silent film before your…

Thu 7 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30

Mike Vass

The acclaimed fiddler and composer performs live.

Mon 25 Feb

£11 / 0131 228 1404

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Nino

A work in progress presentation showcasing a new physical theatre piece which explores what it feels like to be a woman living in poverty in contemporary Britain. A collaboration between performer Melanie Jordan and Glasgow-based theatre company Tidy Carnage which highlights the stories of those who have no voice or…

Wed 6 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00

Phonotrope Animation

Phonotropes provide a unique approach to creating animation utilising a record player and live action camera. This analogue/film hybrid offers endless spontaneous acts of animation limited only by the desire of the pen wielder. Come and try this easy to use and exciting technique, no experience necessary!

Sat 9 Feb

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 11:00

Salt

When kitchen utensils, salt shakers, pots and pans start behaving in unexpected ways, ways I know they should not, am I losing my mind? Or am I imagining escape from the prison of an abusive and repressive home? This new solo performance piece explores domestic violence and how everyday objects can be both tools of…

Thu 7 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00

Sleeping Beauty

The kingdom of Liverpool is devastated by unemployment and famine. It’s safer to be a gang member than to be alone and needles have replaced spindles. Not the best place for dreams about modern day princesses and very far away from the nearest, happily-ever-after fairy tale castle. A personal interpretation of the…

Fri 8 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30

Snapshots 1

Creative work in progress sharings by Alumdena Calvo, Elspeth Chapman & Borbàla Mezõ and and Flawed Mandrake Theatre. / Antibiotic Apocalypse by Almudena Calvo: Inside the body of a dying patient, and zoomed in X10,000 times, a staphylococcus tells her four million of spring her rags to riches story when surviving…

Tue 5 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00

Snapshots 2

/ Soak by Beth Godfrey: Stand and be pummelled. Unravel and lay strewn. Be honest and in that burning heat, mend. A woman caught in the act, of re-wilding. / Ferguson & Barton by Jim Mangenello and Lucy Ireland: A dance-theatre re-enactment of Hitchcock’s 1958 classic ‘Vertigo’, this is a dark satire of gender…

Thu 7 Feb

£3 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00

Snapshots 3

/ Confirm your Humanity by Lewis Sherlock: A visual theatre performance which tells a personal story of one man’s exploration into living like a cyborg in this age of smart technology. / Lucid by Selina Mallè: We regularly wake up with residual memories of our dreams. Looking more closely, perhaps there is more than…

Sat 9 Feb

£3 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 10:30

Surge: Pitch Event

Pitch is an innovative physical theatre showcase featuring an impressive line-up of established and emerging performers presenting physical theatre, comedy, dance and high drama in development. Artists perform new or in-development performance pieces using physicality, circus skills, comedy, clowning, drama and music.

Thu 7 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 16:00

Swampfog

Horn-heavy 7-piece band devoted to the music of New Orleans and its wide reach through jazz, blues and funk.

Mon 4 Mar

£11 / 0131 228 1404

  • 20:00 – 22:00

Testroom

Since the beginning of November last year four groups of selected Scottish-based theatre artists have been meeting on Monday evenings. Using the knowledge and insights of the other practitioners in the room as a sounding board, they have nurtured and developed their initial creative ideas, presenting short excerpts of…

Mon 4 Feb

£3 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00

Transmographiles

Human hands move, morph and combine in unusual ways, becoming unexpected creatures and characters. Travel through water, earth and air as we follow the journey from basic life forms to complex beasts in a surreal evolutionary narrative of shape shifting and transformation. A new collaboration between three artists from…

Fri 8 Feb

£8 (£6) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:30

Ulster American

  • 4 stars

A play by David Ireland that follows an American Oscar-winning actor, an English director and a Northern Irish playwright as they make a play about Irish identity, only to result in abuses of power and the silencing of women's voices.

Wed 20 Feb

£20 (£5–£16; Students £14) / 0131 228 1404

Thu 21 Feb

£20 (£5–£16; Students £14) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 22 Feb

£20 (£5–£16; Students £14) / 0131 228 1404

…and 6 more dates until 2 Mar

Void

JG Ballard’s cult novel Concrete Island reimagined through the lens of a black female protagonist and staged as a meshing of experimental dance and abstract glitch video landscapes. Blending typically Ballardian themes of liminal spaces and urban paranoia with contemporary theories from radical identity studies, Mele…

Wed 6 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00

Vu

A manipulator of everyday objects - with a meticulous character, with a delicate and outrageously neat and tidy nature - finds himself at the crossroads between object theatre, miniature circus and involuntary clowning. A delicate, wordless show about the small obsessions of life. Those seemingly trivial fixations…

Tue 5 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00

What Girls Are Made Of

  • 4 stars

Based on her teenage diaries, Cora Bissett traces the highs and lows of her musical career, beginning with her origins as a schoolgirl in Glenrothes to her time as the lead singer of indie-rock outfit Darlingheart. Winner of the 2018 Scotsman Fringe First Award.

Tue 16 Apr

£5–£20 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 17 Apr

£5–£20 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 18 Apr

£5–£20 / 0131 228 1404

…and 2 more dates until 20 Apr

Wunderkammer

Step into this Wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities, an ancient and meditative place of wonder where rare artefacts and intriguing objects can transport you with their inimitable allure and unsettling beauty. A place where the mundane and the wonderful, where poetry and technology exist in equilibrium and thus can…

Mon 4 Feb

£15 (£11; Child £9) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00

Reviews & features

Win tickets and drinks at manipulate #12 at Traverse Theatre

Win two tickets and two drinks to see Al Seed's The Fooligan & the Bridges of Madness at manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2019

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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