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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Achilles

sing goddess sing the rage of achilles that sent down to darkness so many souls making their bodies carrion for the birds and dogs to tear and their families wait forever for their coming home The myth of Achilles is re-imagined in this heart-stopping, dynamically physical solo performance created and performed by Ewan…

Tue 30 Jan 2018

£14 (£11) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00 – 22:00

Almost Alive

UK PREMIERE Every day, we are exposed to a never-ending blast of information and impressions. Sometimes it would be good to put this never-ending flow of stimuli on hold, if only for a little while, so you could catch your breath and feel your own heartbeat again. But, shutting your eyes and ears, you find that images and…

Thu 1 Feb 2018

£17 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:25

Animated Graphics: Films & Comics

Presented in collaboration with Edinburgh-based films collective Cinemaattic, an opportunity to see the work of Alberto Vazquez, currently one of Europe's hottest animators. Alberto will join us in person along with Khris Cembe, animation director on all Vazquez' shorts, for a programme of his acclaimed films, followed by…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£9 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 16:00 – 17:20

Animated Retrospectives

Now in its seventh year, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival has evolved into a highly dynamic and active short film curation agency which, aside from running its annual festival, also holds annual screening events with eight separate partner festivals and film organisations around the world, in Australia, France, Japan…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£5 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 14:00 – 14:50

The Bevvy Sisters

The richly-seasoned harmonies of the Bevvy Sisters provide an alternative take on folk and swing songs.

Mon 18 Dec

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Chrysalis

Chrysalis festival brings together theatre companies from across the UK for a weekend of youth theatre.

Sat 18 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

Sun 19 Nov

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

Cinderella

Award-winning children's puppet show re-imagined by Shona Reppe and performed by acclaimed puppeteer Rick Conte.

Fri 8 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 9 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Sun 10 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

…and 8 more dates until 24 Dec

Class Act

The Traverse's flagship education project is now celebrating its 26th year. A limited number of public tickets are available for this showcase of plays written by senior Drama and English pupils from Edinburgh and Glasgow schools.

Wed 22 Nov

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Thu 23 Nov

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Clown Cabaret Special Edition

A librarian looking for love… A musical prodigy seeking perfection… A janitor longing for the spotlight… A mountain climber hunting for his magnificence… and his hat. A mathematician searching for sense… A delightfully draft evening with some of Scotland's finest clowns. Each one has clawed their way up through the…

Sat 3 Feb 2018

£14 (£11) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00 – 22:10

Dal Vivo!

UK PREMIERE Using simple, everyday objects and light Flop creates before our eyes an enigmatic and thought-provoking world. A succcession of potent and beautiful images invite us to reflect upon those primal connections and relationshops - to home, to loved-ones and the world around us - which make us who we are. An…

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£14 (£11) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:00 – 19:40
  • 21:30 – 22:10

Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts

Scotland's Americana troubadour.

Mon 11 Dec

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Fighting Modernists

Animation has a rich tradition of debating, commenting and reflecting on the poliical and socio-cultural situation of soceity. Since animated film is also a vehicle for cultural memory, collective consciousness and identity, Eastern European animations provide unique insights into a totalitarian society and its modes of…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£9 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:50

Five Into One: Feature Films

Your chance to help programme this year's festival! Go to our website www.manipulatefestival.org to find links to trailers for the five award-winning animated feature films below and vote for your favourite. The winner will be announced on Monday 8 January and screened at the end of the day. PERSEPOLIS Marjane…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£5 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 22:00 – 23:30

The Frog at the Bottom of the Well Believes That the Sky is Round

SCOTTISH PREMIERE Mr Brin d'Avoine has an eclectic collection of treasured objects. His home is a refuge, a complete imaginary and ornately intricate world. Two man-servants welcome you into his house. On entering you will leave your usual place as a mere spectator and become a privileged visior in an intriguing and…

Fri 2 Feb 2018

£17 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:00 – 20:15
  • 21:30 – 22:45

How to Disappear

Merging biting social commentary and fantasy in unexpected ways, How to Disappear is a pitch-black comedy which gives a voice to those who often go unheard.

Fri 8 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £22 (£18) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 9 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £22 (£18) / 0131 228 1404

Sun 10 Dec

Times to be confirmed / £22 (£18) / 0131 228 1404

…and 13 more dates until 23 Dec

MagicFest Christmas Special: The Secret Gift

A festive magic show production from the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Wed 27 Dec

£22 (£20; Children £15) / 0131 226 0006

  • 14:00
  • 19:00

Thu 28 Dec

£22 (£20; Children £15) / 0131 226 0006

  • 14:00
  • 19:00

Fri 29 Dec

£22 (£20; Children £15) / 0131 226 0006

  • 14:00
  • 19:00

Sat 30 Dec

£22 (£20; Children £15) / 0131 226 0006

  • 14:00
  • 19:00

Martin Carthy

The respected English folk singer and guitarist.

Mon 4 Dec

£11 / 0131 228 1404

The Miss Annabel Sings Show

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

Sun 3 Dec

£7 (£5) / 0131 228 1404

Episode 3.

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

American bluegrass and oldtime music led by multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky.

Mon 20 Nov

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Off-Kilter

At work and in his home, Joe Kilter has his daily set routines. Although some people think Joe is obsessive, Joe would prefer not be thought of at all. When an unexpected event changes his everyday habits Joe's world is turned askew. His life is no longer his own, he's off his game… Joe Kilter is most definitely…

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£13.50 (£11) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:00 – 20:00

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£14 (£11) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00 – 22:00

PeurBleu & Don't Be Afraid: A Double Bill

UK PREMIERE PEURBLEU Entering a supermarket a nameless woman is in a blue funk… Blue is a shy colour, without ulterior motives. It does not grab the gaze, like yellow or red. A calming colour, blue slows one down. It is a colour which can set you free, the very colour of the soul after it leaves the body, after all blood…

Wed 31 Jan 2018

£17 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:45 – 20:35

Plastic Heroes

UK PREMIERE A war is about the begin, now is the time for men to become heroes. But the soldiers are plastic, the battlefield's a table, and a home is just a distant image on a screen. In a combat zone with no clear enemy or goal, the border between reality and fantasy starts to blur: is all this really happening, or…

Mon 29 Jan 2018

£14 (£11) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00 – 21:45

Punto Y Raya Festival 2016: A Selection

In Spanish, Punto Y Raya means the dot and the line. This dyamic festival fosters experimentation in visual arts through the use of pure form, colour, motio and sound. Avoiding direct representation, this renders the work it presents universal and timeless. With six iterations under its belt since 2007 and a…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£5 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:30 – 19:20

Puppets to Music: Images to Film

After a hard day's darkness watching animated films, join us for a selection of brilliant, joy-making shorts. Through the manipulation of objects, puppets and all manner of arcane materials, the songs of The Bombay Bicycle Club, Deluxe, Feist, James, Katie Melua, John Ritter and other leading musicians are brought vividly…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£5 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00 – 21:50

Ressacs

UK PREMIERE A couple, lost at sea. Playthings for the prevailing winds, their moods tossing and turning, just like their small raft. Their course is uncertain. The couple have lost everything: their stylish home, their beautiful garden, the lease on their shiny new car. The bank has taken everything. Their poverty is…

Tue 30 Jan 2018

£17 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:40

Sea Hames

In 1984 two Clydesdale horses jumped the gate of their field and charged down to the beach at Billia Croo on Orkney. Standing up on their hind hooves they dances and strutted in the low mid-summer sun. Using this striking image as inspiration, the rituals of horse, land and sea inspire the visual and aural poetry of Sea…

Thu 1 Feb 2018

£14 (£11) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 21:00 – 22:00

Sleeping Beauty

A personal interpretation of the darker elements of the Briar Rose fairy tale, a fairy tale for grown-ups, created and performed by Compagnie Akselere's Artistic Director, Colette Garrigan. The kingdom of Liverpool, Garrigan's home town, is devastated by unemployment and famine. It's safer to be a gang member than to…

Sat 3 Feb 2018

£17 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:25

Snapshots 1

RAGNARÖK Tortoise in a Nutshell/Scotland The world is breaking. Years of frozen winters and endless nights have been followed by raging fires and infernal wars. Small huddles of humanity live in fear of the next attack from the skies. This is the Ragnarök. A glimpse of a new piece in development by multi award-winning…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 13:00 – 13:50

Snapshots 2

EGG Sarah Bebe Holmes/Scotland Highlighting themes of choice, chance, science and mortality, and autobiographical tale about a young woman who gave her eggs. With live music and aerial choreography on plastics, Egg explores the physical distortion and discomfort of the effects of hormones on the body, and the complexity…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:30 – 19:20

Snapshots 3

HAND//SHAKE Katie Armstrong A bite-sized snippet of dance which explores, through the meeting of two people, the complexities of the 1st movement of JS Bach's Violin Concerto. NOTHING Faux Theatre Fight/lose, breathe/suffocate, try/fail. A purposefully low-tech physical exploration of the force and grip of intense…

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00 – 18:50

Snapshots 4

This year the Curious School of Puppetry - a dynamic, short full-time course which nurtures the development of excellence in puppetry performance in the UK - is based in Edinburgh. Three of its recent graduates present examples of their work created during their training. FINGER FATALE Ella Mackay A burlesque-inspired…

Thu 1 Feb 2018

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00 – 18:50

Snapshots 5

A selection of the Edinburgh-based Diploma in Physical Theatre Graduates' Showcase 2017 pieces, providing an opportunity for these emerging performing artists to present, through their work, a summation of the knowledge and expertise they gained during the course. SOCIAL BUTTERFLY Jessica Innes A shadow theatre piece…

Sat 3 Feb 2018

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00 – 18:50

Something There

Composer David Paul Jones and his seven-piece ensemble present a live concert performance of his acclaimed Linn Records recording Something There.

Sat 25 Nov

£17 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Song of the Goat

UK PREMIERE In a perfect suburban setting of manicured lawns, gingham as chic and the wild excesses of 1950's rock and roll, three neighbours gather for the funeral of a goat, a victim of a heinous crime. The culprit is still at large… A tiny but universal tragedy, played by three comedians and a crazy musician. An…

Mon 29 Jan 2018

£17 (£14) / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 19:30 – 20:20

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, culminating in the presentation…

Mon 29 Jan 2018

Free but ticketed / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 18:00 – 18:50

Traverse Masterclass: Directors & Writers

Traverse Associate Director, Gareth Nicholls, leads a masterclass exploring the process of bringing a new text to the stage.

Fri 15 Dec

£150 / 0131 228 1404

Sat 16 Dec

£150 / 0131 228 1404

Women in Puppetry & Animated Film

First presented at the Bristol Festival of Puppetry in 2017, this showcase of animated films each of which narness the almost infinite malleability and versaility of puppetry, celebrates the talents of female directors, animators, puppeteers and other filmmaking creatives both in front and behind the camera. From…

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£5 / 0131 228 1404

Part of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival.

  • 15:00 – 15:50

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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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