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.

  • Provides: Free wi-fi

Events at this venue

There are 28 events at this location

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Adam Bulley & Chas Mackenzie

Guitar/mandolin country/jazz/folk/pop tag team formerly known as Wingin' It.

Sun 21 May

£11 / 0131 228 1404

As special guests of Adam Holmes and The Embers.

Adam Holmes & The Embers

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Adam Holmes.

Sun 21 May

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Amy Duncan

Compelling Edinburgh-based acoustic singer-songwriter.

Tue 9 May

£10 / 0131 228 1404

With Rachel Amey.

Album launch for Amy’s new release Antidote.

Bounce!

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Thu 1 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Brewband

Superband created by award-winning disabled choreographer Marc Brew, with music and dance from Graeme Smillie, Jill O’Sullivan and Peter Kelly. Also featuring talented dancer/musicians Martyn Garside, Marta Masiero and Alice Sheppard. The performance explores identity, labels and 'putting people in boxes'.

Sat 6 May

£16.50 (£13.50; unemployed £8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Post-show discussion, captioned BSL and audio-described.

Crossing / Last Night Me

Double bill featuring Crossing and Last Night Me.

Sat 10 Jun

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sun 11 Jun

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Dàimh

Taking its name from the Gaelic word for 'kinship', Dàimh includes members from Canada, the US, Ireland and Scotland.

Mon 5 Jun

£11 / 0131 228 1404

The Danberrys

Music from Ben DeBerry and Dorothy Daniel.

Mon 19 Jun

£11 / 0131 228 1404

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

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Wed 24 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Falling Dreams

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Tue 30 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Glasgow Culture Vultures

The purpose of this group is to try and bring people together who have an interest in the arts, particularly of classical vocal music, opera and the visual arts. I hope to embrace all art forms if/when events are in Glasgow. Or occasionally in Edinburgh. Moreover, it is to organise and have someone to go with to attend…

Sat 12 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0131 228 1404

Edinburgh International Festival - Meet Me at Dawn

Hat Fitz & Cara Robertson

Old-time blues, with a Celtic twist and more heart and soul than you'll know what to do with.

Mon 15 May

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Lankum

Four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin.

Mon 1 May

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Part of TradFest Edinburgh.

Little Red

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sat 3 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sun 4 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

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

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 5 Aug

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sun 6 Aug

£21.50 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 18 more dates until 27 Aug

Music is Torture

A jet-black comedy set in Limbo Recording Studios, featuring live music and new songs from A Band Called Quinn.

Thu 25 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 26 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 27 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

My Country

  • 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.

Thu 11 May

£16.60 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 12 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

£16.60 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 13 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

£16.60 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Narrow

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Tue 30 May

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Nosferatu

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

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Fri 2 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Sat 3 Jun

£12 (£8) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival.

Pass Out

Showcase from students at Performing Arts Studio Scotland at Edinburgh College.

Wed 17 May

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

Thu 18 May

£12.50 (£8.50) / 0131 228 1404

The Rachel Newton Band

Folk sounds from Newton and her five-piece band.

Mon 12 Jun

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Safe Place

A play about a young woman who arrives at an older woman's door, seeking shelter.

Tue 2 May

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 3 May

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 4 May

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

…and 2 more dates until 6 May

Scorch

  • 4 stars

Award-winning production examining how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines.

Thu 11 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 12 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 13 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Secret North

A musical collaboration with six world-class musicians from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia.

Sun 18 Jun

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Shackleton

Blue Raincoat Theatre present the story of Shackleton and his voyage on the Endurance.

Wed 7 Jun

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Thu 8 Jun

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 9 Jun

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

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.

Fri 28 Apr

Sat 29 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Western Centuries

Country-tinged R&B.

Mon 8 May

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Words, Words, Words

A no-holds-barred, work in progress, scratch extravaganza featuring new writers.

Fri 19 May

£6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 228 1404

Reviews & features

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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