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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.
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.
A play about the life of Jabez Wolffe.
With four dancers and an electronic music score mixed live by Mariam Rezaei, Citizen goes on the journey so many immigrants have made. How far do they integrate in their new community and how much do they save of the culture they left behind?
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.
Mainstream jazz and world music singer-songwriter.
The Furrow Collective
Featuring award-winning solo musicians this modern folk outfit approaches traditional ballads with a bold, improvisational twist.
Girl in the Machine
A new play exploring our digital future.
Girls Like That
When a naked picture of a school girl goes viral everyone forms an opinion. Presented by Lyceum Youth Theatre.
Hat Fitz & Cara Robertson
Old-time blues, with a Celtic twist and more heart and soul than you'll know what to do with.
Multi award-winner Kieran Hurley weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it.
If I Had a Girl
A groundbreaking verbatim production that provides a startling insight into the lived experience of honour-based violence in ethnic minority communities around Scotland.
Aberdeen-based soulful folk-pop singer-songwriter with Transylvanian roots.
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
Sat 13 May
- 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.
Adaptation of Owen Sheers's contemporary verse drama about three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan, directed by John Retallack and George Mann.
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.
Four of Scotland's finest fiddle players (Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl) come together for a night of vibrant, evocative folk.
The Red Chair
Sarah Cameron's solo performance is a surreal ballad populated with larger than life characters. A contemporary take on folk and fairy-tale storytelling traditions, told in Scots. Ages 14+.
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.
Scottish Dance Theatre: Dreamers / TutuMucky
Double-bill from Scottish Dance Theatre pairing Dreamers, by critically acclaimed choreographer Anton Lachky, with a new work by Botis Seva.
Fri 3 Mar
Sat 4 Mar
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.
Susan Calman: The Calman Before the Storm
The Calmanator's latest show is likely to explore any or all of the following: cats, kittens, and being a little lady with nothing to lose.
Meeting for the first time in years in the transit lounge of Schiphol Airport, Darya and her father's possible reconciliation is shattered by an event worlds away in this contemporary drama.
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…