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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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Adam Holmes & The Embers
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Adam Holmes.
Two dancers and two musicians encounter a giant wooden cube on the stage in this amusing dance piece that explores how to react to the unexpected and move forward from challenges. Ages 7-12 years.
Wed 31 May
Superband created by award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew, with music and dance from Graeme Smillie, Jill O’Sullivan and Peter Kelly with talented dancer/musicians Martyn Garside, Marta Masiero and Alice Sheppard.
Cathal McConnell Trio
Veteran folksinger and his trio.
A play celebrating the life of Jabez Wolffe; Channel swimmer, variety artist and international sporting hero. Written by Giles Croft and directed by Liz Carruthers.
Crossing / Last Night Me
Double bill featuring Crossing and Last Night Me.
Taking its name from the Gaelic word for 'kinship', Dàimh includes members from Canada, the US, Ireland and Scotland.
Music from Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel.
Daphne Oram's Wonderful World of Sound
Live-scored by electronic sound artist Anneke Kampman, Daphne Oram’s Wonderful World of Sound is a journey through the amazing life of one of the great, unsung composers of the 20th century.
Tue 23 May
Ding-Dong (A Bit of a Farce)
A play by Hilary Lyon telling the story of two women who have the same postcode but live worlds apart.
An immersive production that takes you inside the head of a 12 year old girl, with live video, poetry and music. Ages 9-13+.
Mon 29 May
Mainstream jazz and world music singer-songwriter.
Girl in the Machine
A new play exploring our digital future.
Mon 3 Apr
Tue 4 Apr
Wed 5 Apr
Hat Fitz & Cara Robertson
Old-time blues, with a Celtic twist and more heart and soul than you'll know what to do with.
Four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin.
A dance theatre show that tells the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood but with a contemporary twist, as three dancers perform the same role in turn. Ages 7-12 years.
Fri 2 Jun
Sat 3 Jun
Meet Me At Dawn
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…
Fri 4 Aug
Sat 5 Aug
Sun 6 Aug
Jazz inflected klezmer and Balkan dance music.
Music is Torture
A jet-black comedy set in Limbo Recording Studios, featuring live music and new songs from A Band Called Quinn.
- Directed by: Rufus Norris
- Written by: Carol Ann Duffy
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, collaborates with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on a provocative performance, which uses the exact words of interviews taken in the days after the EU referendum with people around the country.
Fri 12 May
The story of a man and woman who live together in a house that is too small. Set in a cramped wooden box, the couple go about their everyday lives, despite the tight squeeze. A production that uses acrobatics and two very flexible performers to tell a comic tale. Ages 6-12 years.
Mon 29 May
The story of Dracula but not as you know it., with puppets, cello and fairground music and dramatic lighting telling a scary and very funny tale. Ages 8-12 years.
Thu 1 Jun
Fri 2 Jun
- Written by: Sabrina Mahfouz
A script-in-hand production about the history of women's football. With lyrical dialogue with chanting and punchy prose, the play examines the position of women in sport, on and off the pitch.
Showcase from students at Performing Arts Studio Scotland at Edinburgh College.
A Play, a Pie and a Pint: His Final Bow
Peter Arnott's play about John Wilkes Booth, the US actor who assassinated President Lincoln.
The Rachel Newton Band
Folk sounds from Newton and her five-piece band.
A play about a young woman who arrives at an older woman's door, seeking shelter.
Award-winning production examining how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines.
A musical collaboration with six world-class musicians from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia.
Blue Raincoat Theatre present the story of Shackleton and his voyage on the Endurance.
Regular music lineups.
A work inspired by the things we own, the role that possessions play in our lives and the stories that they tell.
Voices in her Ear
When clairvoyant Betty decides to retire after 30 years her employees aren't happy that she's shutting down their highly profitable scam. Written by David Cosgrove and directed by Libby McArthur.
Reviews & features
Play time: raising the curtain on experimental and traditional theatre23 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…