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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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10 Years: manipulate Animation, Programme 1
To celebrate manipulate’s 10th anniversary we present a selection of the best of the short animated films we have screened over the past decade: Three jazz musicians constantly interrupted as they try to rehearse, squabbling flatmates and the challenges of asking the unpopular one to leave, a poignant allegory about…
10 Years: manipulate Animation, Programme 2
To celebrate manipulate’s 10th anniversary we present a selection of the best of the short animated films we have screened over the past decade: A band that only gets to play once, the particular challenges of love and life for cats in Japan, weird and wonderful music video images, the deconstruction of a classic movie…
Smile, what’s the use of crying? Is stop-frame animation really boring and laborious? An ancient myth about man’s determination to fly turned into a modern celebration of spectacular failure. Can puppets do science? A wistful tale about how our lives slowly evaporate once we leave… Five short excerpts of work in the…
The Body in Shadow
A visual, non-text based performance. Grounded in the interplay of shadow theatre, ensemble work and selected physical theatre techniques this performance explores the chemical, mathematical and scientific fabric of human connection and love - Love as endurance, love as science and love as psychosis.
La Causeuse (The Love Seat)
Steeped in solitude and without a word, a young woman guides us through poignant and darkly comic dialogues as she revisits the shreds and memories of a sordid and doomed romance. As wandering hands seduce and frolic, she dances and wrestles with the enigmatic ghosts of her inner world. Created and performed by Olivia…
Tue 31 Jan
An actor, a table, a camera. Dozens of objects used to design and conjure up an unusual collection of imaginary cities. Built by the actor before our eyes, each city provides a vivid potential alternative narrative about our own contemporary society and the challenges we face. Recently for the first time in history the…
Bed – the most intimate and vulnerable of places. An authentic physical exploration of a woman’s dreams, relationships, of her deepest and most private of selves. Created in her bedroom, Cloth is Tiffany Soirat’s first solo piece. Edinburgh Student Arts Festival: 2016 Best Performer Award.
Dik & Adam are clowns, trapped in a cardboard world. They couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag, let alone this surreal world made of cardboard. Why are they there? And what are they supposed to be doing? Dik and Adam know that something is sinister afoot…well they are wearing really big silly shoes…and they…
An image-based piece of theatre about a woman who uses the dark web to find someone to eat her. Eat Me explores the ubiquitous consumption of female bodies in everyday society, the darker nature of sexual gratification and the shifting complexities of power in gender relationships.
The End of Things
Company of Wolves' fourth original performance is a journey to the heart of letting go.
Tue 31 Jan
Drama using puppetry, movement and design to tell the tale of a tiny fishing vessel in a stormy sea. Ages 14+.
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.
A House in Asia
Geronimo is hiding in a house in Pakistan. An exact copy of that house stands in a military base in North Carolina, USA. A film is being shot in a second exact copy of that house in Jordan. Three houses, three realities, but only one of them is true. The largest manhunt in history. A sheriff obsessed with a white…
Made in India
Satinder Chohan's contemporary drama about three women who meet in a surrogacy clinic in Gujarat.
Make A HOO
The shimmering heat of tropical hills, and the purring and humming of plains set the scene for a young woman’s journey as she strives to reconnect with her identity and the world in which she lives. Caught in an elaborate game of call and response with a shape-shifting being which only comes to life at night, the woman…
Wed 1 Feb
manipulate Visual Theatre Festival
Puppet Animation Scotland collates a collection of world class animation and puppetry and related performing arts of all styles and techniques and through its master classes also provides learning opportunities.
Fri 27 Jan
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The end of a war. A locked cellar. A beam of light. The fractured mind of a shell-shocked soldier. An intensely physical and poetic exploration of the trauma of conflict and violence, and the psychological damage it inflicts. Featuring Guy Veale’s powerful and visceral soundtrack, OGG burns indelible images onto the…
The oldest, and most famous puppet in the world, what is his name? Polichinelle in France, Punch in England, Pulcinella in Italy, Petrouchka in Russia, Kasperl in Germany, Don Cristobal in Spain, Karagöz in Turkey, Karaghiosis in Greece, Mamulengo in Brazil… Already alive and kicking in 18th century Naples, this…
Up-beat and off-beat Afro-jazz, ska and blues from this six-piece band featuring Andy Johnstone, Steve Kettley and Barney Barnett on saxophones, Ali Todd (guitar/vocals), Alex Hudson Craufurd (bass) and Des Travis (drums).
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+.
One woman, alone in her bathroom. The outside world is disgusting but her bathroom is a wipe clean sanctuary to escape to, to hide in, to worship. In this most private of spaces she can flush away dirt in an instant. But, there is something lurking beneath the bath, the sort of thing you wouldn’t want anyone else to…
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
Since the beginning of October last year the following five groups of selected Scottish theatre artists have been meeting on Monday evenings. Their brief: by using the other practitioners in the room as a sounding board, to nurture and develop their initial creative ideas. Facilitated by leading puppeteer Gavin Glover…
In those personal peripheries where you can dance with your shadow, where being naked can flow seamlessly into being masked, Touch Me articulates through a chain of metamorphoses the many facets of intimacy - the tenderness, the hardness, the vulnerability, the loneliness, but also the beauty and the solace of these most…
UK Premiere A woman alone. Or perhaps not. A Vermeer-inspired silhouette who tirelessly leaves and returns to the same central spot, evoking and inhabiting the shades of people long gone. Furtive presences, muffled sounds and finally phantom-like figures, with intentions that are at the very least unclear, materialize…
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…