Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre continues its tradition of being non-traditional this Christmas season.
This is Paradise, Michael John O'Neill’s new play at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, is a lengthy monologue in which Kate (Amy Molloy) provides a complex interweaving of the…
The banner proclaims, ‘Congratulations’ as it hangs from the ceiling above the unimaginable mess left by the previous afternoon's party in which inmates and staff seemingly…
“It’s about us—together,” explain Jake Jarratt and Cameron Sharp, in their new play in which two drama students – straight “Jake”, gay “Cameron” – end up trying…
Edinburgh’s Traverse has long-championed new drama—indeed, the venue’s self-description is the simple goal of being “Scotland’s new writing theatre”.
Experimental, inventive and hugely daring, Antigone, Interrupted is Sophocles re-imagined, the first production by Joan Clevillé since becoming Artistic Director of Sc…
Join the fun as we conjure up a magic show from thin air! Thrilling illusions, spooky mind reading, stunning sleight-of-hand, and death-defying escapes.
Enter a space where the rules of gravity are bent and broken… Impossible illusions and levitations brought to you by Scottish Magician-Scientist hybrid tutored by Penn & Teller.
Have your mind blown as you laugh yourself silly! A line up of the funniest, scariest, and freakiest, conjured up for your delight in our magic comedy club.
Be swept off your feet and experience real wonder at Christmas with the best from the world of magic & mind-reading and the most amazing up and coming local talent.
Having this year reached the notable landmark of their 500th new production, the team behind the award-winning lunchtime theatre phenomenon that is “A Play, A Pie and a Pint” i…
I well remember when Jenni Fagan’s explosive debut, The Panopticon, first appeared in 2013.
A play comparing racist undertones in modern society to those in 1950s America runs the risk of stating the obvious — there is still a major inequality problem in the 21st Centur…
Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past.
A madcap musical adventure for everyone aged 6 and over: WhirlyGig is four brave musicians, 30 instruments, and countless musical puzzles to solve.
Over the last three years, playwright Nicola McCartney and actor Dritan Kastrati have worked together to tell Dritan’s story of two epic journeys of survival set against the back…
Join today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of performed readings and interviews with presenter Shereen Nanjiani.
Remarkably, if you wander into The Traverse at 9am, you will find an audience willing to watch a rehearsed reading of a brand-new play and not a spare seat in the house.
Just what does it take to make a monster? Is inhumanity truly born simply from reanimation, or is it a product of the already inhumane environment? Re-investigating Mary Shelley’…
What happens when we pair up two theatre artists from different backgrounds to co-host a discussion about what makes great theatre in 2019? Douglas Maxwell (Decky Does a Bronco, Ch…
A play for naval-gazing theatre goers everywhere, Mouthpiece delivers an impactful message about exploitation and appropriation.
New plays by Francisca da Silveira, Ansley Echols, Joanna Glum, Davey Goodwin, Amy Rhianne Milton, Ahmad Musta’ain Bin Khamis, Karolina Oleskiewicz and Morgan Powell.
It’s 1968, the height of the worldwide student revolt.
Northern Ireland, 1989.
The global gap between rich and poor grows.
The Patient Gloria wowed audiences at the Abbey Theatre during its sold-out world premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) performs the UK premiere of her poetic and revelatory play.
Jane and Toni are immaculate, iconic, accommodating flight attendants.
A painful yet uplifting true story of a child asylum-seeker arriving in the UK.
Super Human Heroes from theatre group The Letter J (in association with Paisley Arts Centre) has a simple message: We all need to do our little bit to help make the world a better …
I have a confession: I’d never previously heard of Erich Kästner's 1929 novel, Emil and the Detectives; It just wasn't a part of my childhood.
Two artists, a stage technician and a musician are waiting to start their show.
It’s seldom fun to leave a venue thinking: "Well, that's an hour of my life I'm never getting back.
A World Premiere from Curious Seed and Lung Ha Theatre Company, in association with Lyra.
This is a Spoiler.
In drama, an audience can either be ahead of what the characters know, or behind them, catching up; each approach has its dramatic advantages and disadvantages, but what is needed …
#Hypocrisy is poet Imogen Stirling’s debut show.
When Jo Clifford ("proud father and grandmother") first performed her play, The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, at Glasgow's Tron Theatre, it attracted bo…
It's said that Edinburgh is a city, the size of a town, that feels like a village; or, in other words, the Scottish capital is sufficiently small and compact that you don't…
STUFF is about the hoarding of memories, emotions and things.
Watching Clare Duffy's one-act play "Arctic Oil", a particular phrase kept coming back to me: that mantra of 1960s' student protests and second-wave feminism, &qu…
"Best leave history in the history books—get on with living.
Brace yourself for an exciting night of richly layered contemporary and Louisiana music, and thought-provoking spoken word in this straight-from-the-bayou cabaret.
Within a cluttered clearing in some woods that's neither town nor countryside and so somehow feels like nowhere, an unnamed Man (David McKay) sleeps the sleep of the just-finis…
Join some of today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of insightful interviews and performed readings.
Acclaimed writer David Ireland’s new play is a visceral, violent and incredibly explosive punch to the gut that passionately tears into the confused state of British identity, th…
Three young Scottish playwrights from the Traverse Young Writers’ group join forces with three leading British writers (Ella Hickson, Kieran Hurley and Sabrina Mahfouz) to explor…
Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s festival with these fun, engaging discussions.
“You always thought it would be you”.
One of the hardest calls for a reviewer to make is where to draw the line between production and play.
Mark Thomas regales us with a peppy portrayal of his health-check on the NHS, in commemoration of 70 years since its inception.
The Traverse One stage looks more ready for a gig than a piece of theatre, but while music undoubtedly runs through the heart of Cora Bissett's latest, most autobiographical wo…
The Traverse Festival program has jumped into action, already selling out full days' worth of shows at a time.
Four readings from brand-new plays by Erica Mack, Felix Maxwell, Madison Pollack and Derek Roland, who are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh.
Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh festival with these fun, engaging discussions.
The multi award-winning political agitators are back at the Traverse with a morning of outstanding new writing and fiery debate.
A love story, set on Preston Road, and also in space and in time.
Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson.
‘Inspired look at society through the prism of a parent-teacher meeting’ ***** (Sunday Times).
A tense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller.
An anonymous hack – an act of sabotage or revenge – kicks off a chain of events that changes the whole of society.
Part of the inherent challenge for Noel Jordan and the Imaginate team when putting together their annual Edinburgh International Children's Festival is their very diverse poten…
"Grow up, mature, and come back when you have something to contribute!" It's not the most sympathetic way to address a young audience; nevertheless, it succinctly sho…
“A snake will always find a way in.
“In my day, we trusted people.
If theatre is home to lies that impart truths, then this Actors Touring Company’s production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Winter Solstice (translated by David Tushingham) makes …
“It’s sweat on your brow that gives life meaning,” says one of the supporting characters in Chekhov’s Three Sisters, and it’s fair to say that, on occasions, there’s a …
Perhaps it was tempting fate, but David Leddy’s decision to call his latest work The Last Bordello now comes with a certain irony, given that it could well prove to be his final …
Most stand-up comedy these days is based on the lives of the people standing behind the microphone, albeit reshaped to varying degrees to ensure their material matches the “rule …
The central metaphor running through Frank McGuinness’s 2012 monologue The Match Box is almost breath-taking in its simplicity; it’s that all of us, all of our lives, are ultim…
This revival of
Shona Reppe’s acclaimed puppet retelling of the iconic fairytale is a
fascinating jewel of a production, ideal for young children and families alike;
Scotland’s self-declared “new writing theatre”, Edinburgh’s Traverse does like
to offer up an alternative to the pantomimes and decidedly family-focused fare
mildly amusing to see two grown men briefly falling into a childish
bragging-match about their fathers—one a retired Church of Scotland minister,
the other a former Bis…
little obvious theatrical artifice on show; just four actors, in casual
clothes, sitting or lying on the plain black floor of an empty stage as the
audience comes in.
were a lot of expectation around this new Wales Millennium Centre production of
Manfred Karge’s one-woman play, Man to Man.
There’s no doubting the raw energy
and physicality of this show, a work of dance theatre that definitely prefers
choreography to speech, and uses it—along with some pretty st…
Historically speaking, the
original “Damned Rebel Bitches” were—according to the “butcher” Duke of Cumberland—the Jacobite women who marched
behind their men in order…
the early years of the British Broadcasting Corporation, its first
Director-General Lord Reith established the BBC’s mission as being to “inform,
educate and entertai…
The perfect image of youth and boyhood is projected onto the mirror-like panels which hang from the ceiling as Jo Clifford gazes thoughtfully the photo of herself.
Delve into an hour of real Locker Room Talk, a term made infamous by Donald Trump, and allow yourself to be immersed into the murky and dark world of everyday sexism that society d…
Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams, born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered to be Boko Haram territory, left Nigeria for England in 1996…
A show about the evocative powers of art must be particularly effective in practicing what it preaches.
Adam tells the story of Adam Kashmiry, a trans man born in Alexandria, Egypt.
For a theatre piece to be perfect for some people, it has to be horrible for others.
Traverse Theatre is currently hosting rehearsed readings of pieces from graduates at the University of Edinburgh’s Playwriting Masters course.
The Traverse Theatre sadly need to offer more than a bacon roll to make Breakfast Plays: B!rth worth getting up for.
Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festival with these fun, engaging discussions.
Jess and Joe want to tell us their story.
Zinnie Harris has five plays on in Edinburgh this August, including two within the Edinburgh International Festival’s theatre programme.
The Traverse Theatre is onto a winner with its programming this year.
Confession time: I’ve never been a fan of The Smiths or Morrissey.
Legendary cabaret artists and arch dissectors of gender norms, Dive Queer Party are celebrating 70 years of the Edinburgh festivals (and 50 years since the decriminalisation of hom…
Delve into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Festival with these fun, engaging discussions.
This acclaimed show from award-winning Australian theatre company Sisters Grimm clearly aims to put the “lion” back in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, through a startlingly …
fair to say that Bounce!, created and performed by French company
Arcosm, is a delightfully playful blend of music and dance, performed with real
skill and alleged wild a…
Recent years have seen a significant rise in the number of (usually) London theatre productions being transmitted live to cinemas and other venues across the UK.
This beautiful dance theatre show takes an irreverent and contemporary twist on an old favourite. Part of the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival. Level: 7 - 12 years.
Dracula, but not quite as you know it.
A house that is too small.
going,” actor Andy Clark says repeatedly to the musicians behind the glass
screen in the unsubtly-named Limbo Studio created on stage, ensuring that we
find our seats …
symbolism is hardly subtle; when we enter the Traverse Theatre’s principal
performance space, we have to choose which side of a massive shipping container
we sit next to.
Evan Placey’s Girls
Like That (first performed at London’s Unicorn Theatre three years ago)
came to Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre—courtesy of the neighbouring Lyceum
be pretty dim, sometimes,” says Sion Pritchard as Tom, an office-working film
school graduate who doesn’t, initially, come across as particularly
brave show which starts with the words: “I don’t like it.
least some of its audience, it’s enough that Grain in the Blood reunites
actors Blythe Duff and John Michie—long-time compatriots on STV’s Taggart.
quite comfortable being old,” 80 year old actor Tim Barlow tells us at the
start of his latest one-man show, a work co-devised with the writer Sheila
no hanging about with Morna Pearson’s Walking On Walls; when the lights
come up, we see a bespectacled woman observing a man who’s bound on an office
chair, tape a…
one-man show, written and performed by Gary McNair, won lots of praise during
its initial run as part of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
somewhere among the Western Isles, and at least a thousand years back in time.
fitting, in the weeks running up to the latest Arctic Circle Assembly (running
from 7-9 October in Reykjavik, Iceland) that the team behind A Play, a Pie and
a Pint opted…
Blow Off is part concert, part theatre and deals with one woman’s journey to committing an act of terrorism.
The Traverse’s Breakfast Plays series is an intriguing prospect: four plays on the same theme by their Associate Artists, presented as script-in-hand rehearsed readings at 9am ea…
Join us for this special event, presented by the University of Edinburgh in association with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and the Traverse Theatre.
“Revolutionise the world”.
Daffodils is an unusual show of two halves.
Rob Drummond is known for being one of Scotland’s most experimental and accessible theatre makers and his new show In Fidelity is no exception.
My Eyes Went Dark takes us down into the abyss of overwhelming grief and denies us any chink of light.
Join Playwrights’ Studio Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse’s own programme and the wider Edinburgh Fe…
Panti Bliss has had a whirlwind of a few years and, naturally, she has more than a few fabulous stories to share.
Mark Thomas’ new one-man-play blends spoken word and storytelling to create a compelling, intimate and rousing performance that lifts the spirit in this pitch perfect personal an…
Theatre audiences are, for the most part, quite comfortable with their self-assigned role of secret voyeurs of the people on stage who go about their lives with no apparent knowled…
Three of the ‘seven ages of man’ populate the Traverse stage: a pair of 14-year-olds, Steph and Ash, wrestling for the first time with the ideas of love and sexuality; a couple…
The gamut of performers at Fringe brings with it a spectrum of experience; from shiny new student companies, powering forward on naive enthusiasm and off-brand energy drinks, to ve…
Little remains of Gogol’s original short story, Diary of a Madman, with Al Smith taking much artistic licence in updating it to post-Brexit Britain and turning it into a story of…
Readings from seven new plays.
Currently 38 years old and still not entirely bald, Daniel Kitson returns to the Traverse Theatre with a massive whiteboard, an angle poise lamp, anything up to three ladders, and …
a definite shift in the second play in this double bill from Edinburgh-based
theatre company Strange Town.
Town is an Edinburgh-based company which offers opportunities for young people
between the ages of five and 25 to fulfil their creative potential though drama
There’s a simple idea at the heart
of Australian company cre8ion’s show Fluff; rescuing and giving a new
home to lost and abandoned toys.
the attraction of seeing magic tricks performed well – beyond the sheer
spectacle – is trying to work out how they’re done.
A handkerchief, a missing page, an old lady and a gap in the world are woven to create a delicious dark walk towards danger, told with a paper sculpted pop-up book, puppetry, shado…
Sometimes words feel unworthy of
the task when it comes to describing and reviewing a performance, especially a
dance-piece as vibrant, colourful and joyous as this.
There is much more to history than
just learning dates and facts.
the 2008 Spring Season of “A Play, A Pie and A Pint” at Glasgow’s Òran Mór,
writer and director Selma Dimitrijevic presented audiences with a delicate,
First lines are important; as attention
grabbers, but also as indicators of what’s to come, tonally at least.
Ring roads are not usually places you go
to; they’re a means of avoiding congestion, of giving a wide berth to
are plenty of laughs in this imaginary conversation between King James VI of
Scotland – preparing in March 1603 to make his stately progress south from the
become traditional for Lung Ha Theatre Company – Scotland’s principal theatre
group for people with learning disabilities – to present at least one
large show every…
a tad ironic that, initially, the most overpowering element in this new show
from Stellar Quines Theatre Company – established in 1993 to “celebrates the
Leddy’s apocalyptic fable International Waters certainly starts as it
means to go on; loud and bold, with the memorable image of four gas-masked
figures performing a tab…
Greek mythology, princess Iphigenia is the eldest daughter of King Agamemnon,
sacrificed to the goddess Artemis in order to allow her father’s warships to sail
off to Troy.
typical modesty (not), Glasgow-based Vanishing Point describe themselves as “Scotland’s
foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally recognised and
beautiful symmetry to this new production from Glasgow-based Birds of Paradise
Theatre Company; the start and end deliberately remind us that the four
disabled men o…
of the almost factory-like default setting of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s
one hour time-slot (long-since exported around the world), it actually feels
run-up to Mike Bartlett’s play Cock opening at the Tron Theatre, a lot
of people – myself included – clearly couldn’t help have some innocent
adolescent fun with …
show The Tailor of Inverness first hit Edinburgh stages eight years ago
and has been touring ever since.
time of year when most theatres across the land are bursting with colour,
raucous laughter and the panto spirit, it’s typical of Edinburgh’s Traverse
Vanishing Point’s latest devised show opens with three figures creating what look to be masks, perhaps of their future selves.
Swearing more than a band of sailors, the cast of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour present an entirely candid portrait of female teenage sexuality and lives.
The Garden is an off-site performance that takes place a short walk away from the Traverse Theatre.
Death is an important topic and it affects everyone, obviously.
The team behind the Fringe First winning Grounded (2013) are back with a powerfully human tragedy – one that grapples with issues of belief clearly and concisely, without recours…
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing is definitely not an easy watch, though ‘listen’ might be a better description, as Aoife Duffin delivers a highly unsettling stream-of-consciousne…
How to Keep an Alien is an autobiographical story written and performed by Irish actress Sonya Kelly.
What does Tomorrow mean to playwrights across the globe? This year the Traverse has commissioned six leading playwrights from China, Egypt, Ukraine, Canada, Turkey and Scotland to …
Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse Theatre’s own programme and the wider Edi…
Performed and written by Gary McNair, A Gambler’s Guide to Dying is a story told by a young boy, charting his grandfather’s extraordinary life of gambling.
Though this is a story about a trader, the crash of the title refers not only to the financial crash but also to a car crash that turns the trader’s life upside down.
Bryony Kimmings is a theatre maker, performer and actor.
The ever-prevalent story of the individual being caught up in, or fighting against, the machine of society – not always nobly – is told with skill and beauty by the three actor…
In 2015, using actors who haven’t seen the script for a piece of theatre isn’t too much of a selling point: there are always multiple shows at the Fringe which do so.
Shef Smith’s new play presents three damaged, complex, engaging characters, each trying to continue their lives in spite of a new sense of chaos surrounding them.
Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse Theatre’s own programme and the wider Edinb…
Four readings, four brand new plays, four emerging writers, from Scotland, England and the USA.
playwright Alison Carr’s latest offering, Fat
Alice, opens on a familiar scene.
Take the Rubbish Out, Sasha is the first of three plays in this
season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint from Russia and Ukraine, curated by
playwright Nicola McCartney who also direct…
No less a figure than Inspector Rebus
creator Ian Rankin once insisted that the only author to ever “nail” Edinburgh was Robert Louis Stevenson
in his classic 1886 novella, S…
After a very strong debut with Squash in last season’s A Play, A Pie and a Pint, playwright Martin McCormick returns with his second play, The Day the Pope Emptied Croy.
was so much simpler, back in 1980.
Flying with Swans focuses on three women, all now well into retirement, who
reignite their old tradition of taking the ferry to watch the arrival of the
whooper swans as they mig…
We begin early in the morning, when several men are getting out of bed.
Though not a play in the
strictest sense, this showcase of extracts from the Playwriting MA at Edinburgh
University offers a compelling insight into the program, via the portfoli…
Unfaithful is the latest work by Fringe First award-winning writer Owen McCafferty.
We are at a tribunal for war crimes.
SmallWar, a piece adapted from actual accounts of events and experiences from conflicts spanning from WWI to Afghanistan, is an interestingly understated exploration of the emotion…
He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest.
Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble tries to get close to other people on this planet.
Come the Revolution: In the year Scotland votes for or against independence from the UK, theatre about (and perhaps as) political protest is a significant part of the Festival.
Riverrun is an adaptation of the final chapter of James Joyce’s controversial novel Finnegans Wake, a book that’s been cited as one of the most difficult novels of the twentiet…
“If one understands a story, it has been told badly.
Enjoy the finest breakfast theatre in town as the award-winning Traverse Breakfast Plays return to the festival menu.
I’ve often wondered how Edinburgh locals truly feel about the Fringe - is it a huge party or just a massive disruption? Given the wealth of subjects from around the world being d…
Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festivals.
Mark Thomas is a comedian and
activist best known for political shows that seek to both satirise the status
quo and, importantly, share ideas on how to challenge it.
Death always makes us think about life.
As was always to be expected, the buzzword of this year’s Fringe is
The double Fringe First winners return with new short plays to get people thinking, talking and taking action.
Experience The Three Little Pigs like never before.
What would you do if everyone in the world hated you? Would you run? Would you fight? Or would you try to make them laugh? Donald Robertson has got no mates and he isn’t funny.
Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta players in Britten’s impassioned “War Requiem” alongside the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
When the Glasgow-born poet, playwright, song-writer, musician, cartoonist, humorist and story-writer Ivor Cutler died in March 2006, the nation’s obituarists remembered an “una…
Edinburgh’s revered Traverse
Theatre has, for many years, defined itself as “Scotland’s new writing theatre”, regularly giving over its stages to a variety of new
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