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

Event times

There are 39 events at this location

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Adam Holmes & The Embers

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Adam Holmes.

Sun 21 May

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Brewband

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.

Sat 6 May

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

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

Channelling Jabez

A play about the life of Jabez Wolffe.

Tue 11 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 12 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 13 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

…and 2 more dates until 15 Apr

Citizen

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?

Fri 17 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 18 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

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

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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

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.

Tue 4 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 5 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 6 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

…and 2 more dates until 8 Apr

Fini Bearman

Mainstream jazz and world music singer-songwriter.

Mon 17 Apr

£11 / 0131 228 1404

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The Furrow Collective

Featuring award-winning solo musicians this modern folk outfit approaches traditional ballads with a bold, improvisational twist.

Mon 20 Feb

Girl in the Machine

A new play exploring our digital future.

Mon 3 Apr

£10–£12 / 0131 228 1404

Tue 4 Apr

£10–£12 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 5 Apr

£18 (£8–£14) / 0131 228 1404

…and 13 more dates until 22 Apr

Girls Like That

When a naked picture of a school girl goes viral everyone forms an opinion. Presented by Lyceum Youth Theatre.

Thu 9 Mar

£12.50 (£10.50) / 0131 228 1404

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

Heads Up

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.

Thu 23 Feb

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 24 Feb

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 25 Feb

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

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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.

Thu 2 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Lizabett Russo

Aberdeen-based soulful folk-pop singer-songwriter with Transylvanian roots.

Mon 13 Mar

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Moishe's Bagel

Jazz inflected klezmer and Balkan dance music.

Mon 24 Apr

£11 / 0131 228 1404

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

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Offside

  • 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.

Thu 30 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Fri 31 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 1 Apr

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

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

Pink Mist

Adaptation of Owen Sheers's contemporary verse drama about three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan, directed by John Retallack and George Mann.

Thu 23 Feb

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Fri 24 Feb

£11 / 0131 228 1404

Sat 25 Feb

£11 / 0131 228 1404

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.

…and 2 more dates until 22 Apr

The Rachel Newton Band

Folk sounds from Newton and her five-piece band.

Mon 12 Jun

£11 / 0131 228 1404

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Rant

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.

Mon 27 Feb

£11 / 0131 228 1404

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+.

Fri 17 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 18 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 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

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

£8.50–£16.50 / 0131 228 1404

Sat 4 Mar

£8.50–£16.50 / 0131 228 1404

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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

Soundhouse

Regular music lineups.

Mon 6 Mar

£11 / 0131 228 1404

With Bronwynne Brent.

Mon 27 Mar

£11 / 0131 228 1404

With Southern Tenant Folk Union.

Stuff

A work inspired by the things we own, the role that possessions play in our lives and the stories that they tell.

Thu 20 Apr

£6.50 (£4.50) / 0131 228 1404

Followed by a post-show discussion.

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.

Wed 1 Mar

Transit: Zendeh

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.

Tue 14 Mar

£16.50 (£8.50–£13.50) / 0131 228 1404

Wed 15 Mar

£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.

Tue 25 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Wed 26 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 27 Apr

£12.50 / 0131 228 1404

…and 2 more dates until 29 Apr

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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