This is Paradise

This is Paradise

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… 

Medicine

Medicine

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… 

W*nk Buddies

W*nk Buddies

“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… 

Pride Plays

Pride Plays

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”. 

Antigone, Interrupted

Antigone, Interrupted

Experimental, inventive and hugely daring, Antigone, Interrupted is Sophocles re-imagined, the first production by Joan Clevillé since becoming Artistic Director of Sc… 

MagicFest - You are Magic

MagicFest - You are Magic

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. 

MagicFest - Kevin Quantum Anti-Gravity

MagicFest - Kevin Quantum Anti-Gravity

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. 

MagicFest - Comedy Magic Club

MagicFest - Comedy Magic Club

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. 

MagicFest - Opening Night Christmas Gala

MagicFest - Opening Night Christmas Gala

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. 

Fly Me To The Moon

Fly Me To The Moon

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… 

The Panopticon

The Panopticon

I well remember when Jenni Fagan’s explosive debut, The Panopticon, first appeared in 2013. 

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park

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… 

The Monstrous Heart

The Monstrous Heart

Mag lives in a rustic cabin in the Canadian wilds, far from neighbours and further from her past. 

WhirlyGig

WhirlyGig

A madcap musical adventure for everyone aged 6 and over: WhirlyGig is four brave musicians, 30 instruments, and countless musical puzzles to solve. 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2019: The Award Ceremony

Join today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of performed readings and interviews with presenter Shereen Nanjiani. 

TalkFest – Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

TalkFest – Anatomy of a Play: How Not to Drown

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… 

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is [...]

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. 

Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster

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’… 

TalkFest – Ways and Means: Theatre in 2019 and Beyond

TalkFest – Ways and Means: Theatre in 2019 and Beyond

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… 

Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece

A play for naval-gazing theatre goers everywhere, Mouthpiece delivers an impactful message about exploitation and appropriation. 

Pre-View

Pre-View

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. 

Trying It On

Trying It On

It’s 1968, the height of the worldwide student revolt. 

Crocodile Fever

Crocodile Fever

Northern Ireland, 1989. 

The Patient Gloria

The Patient Gloria

The Patient Gloria wowed audiences at the Abbey Theatre during its sold-out world premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival. 

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

The global gap between rich and poor grows. 

Enough

Enough

Jane and Toni are immaculate, iconic, accommodating flight attendants. 

Until the Flood

Until the Flood

Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Yellowman) performs the UK premiere of her poetic and revelatory play. 

Burgerz

Burgerz

Hurled words. 

How Not to Drown

How Not to Drown

A painful yet uplifting true story of a child asylum-seeker arriving in the UK. 

Super Human Heroes

Super Human Heroes

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 … 

Emil & The Detectives

Emil & The Detectives

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. 

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Two artists, a stage technician and a musician are waiting to start their show. 

(Can This Be) Home

(Can This Be) Home

It’s seldom fun to leave a venue thinking: "Well, that's an hour of my life I'm never getting back. 

We Are All Just Little Creatures

We Are All Just Little Creatures

A World Premiere from Curious Seed and Lung Ha Theatre Company, in association with Lyra. 

Fat Blokes

Fat Blokes

This is a Spoiler. 

The Funeral Director

The Funeral Director

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

#Hypocrisy

#Hypocrisy is poet Imogen Stirling’s debut show. 

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven

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… 

Mouthpiece

Mouthpiece

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

Stuff

  • Listing
  • Theatre
  • Scotland
  • Multiple Venues
  • 19th Oct - 7th Nov 2018

STUFF is about the hoarding of memories, emotions and things. 

Arctic Oil

Arctic Oil

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… 

Scotties

Scotties

"Best leave history in the history books—get on with living. 

Speakin' Cajun

Speakin' Cajun

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. 

Nests

Nests

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… 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018: The Award Ceremony

Join some of today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of insightful interviews and performed readings. 

Ulster American

Ulster American

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… 

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake

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… 

TalkFest 2018: 02

TalkFest 2018: 02

Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s festival with these fun, engaging discussions. 

On the Exhale

On the Exhale

“You always thought it would be you”. 

Nigel Slater’s Toast

Nigel Slater’s Toast

One of the hardest calls for a reviewer to make is where to draw the line between production and play. 

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Mark Thomas – Check Up: Our NHS at 70

Mark Thomas regales us with a peppy portrayal of his health-check on the NHS, in commemoration of 70 years since its inception. 

What Girls Are Made Of

What Girls Are Made Of

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… 

Meek

Meek

The Traverse Festival program has jumped into action, already selling out full days' worth of shows at a time. 

Theatre Uncut: Women on Power

Theatre Uncut: Women on Power

The multi award-winning political agitators are back at the Traverse with a morning of outstanding new writing and fiery debate. 

TalkFest 2018: 01

TalkFest 2018: 01

Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh festival with these fun, engaging discussions. 

Pre-View

Pre-View

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. 

Class

Class

‘Inspired look at society through the prism of a parent-teacher meeting’ ***** (Sunday Times). 

Underground Railroad Game

Underground Railroad Game

Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson. 

The Greatest Play in the History of the World...

The Greatest Play in the History of the World...

A love story, set on Preston Road, and also in space and in time. 

Coriolanus Vanishes

Coriolanus Vanishes

A tense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. 

The Darkness Or Else The Light

The Darkness Or Else The Light

An anonymous hack – an act of sabotage or revenge – kicks off a chain of events that changes the whole of society. 

Mbuzeni

Mbuzeni

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… 

Expedition Peter Pan

Expedition Peter Pan

"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… 

Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

Ma, Pa and the Little Mouths

“A snake will always find a way in. 

Gut

Gut

“In my day, we trusted people. 

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice

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 … 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

“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 … 

The Last Bordello

The Last Bordello

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 … 

Showtime from the Frontline

Showtime from the Frontline

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 Match Box

The Match Box

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… 

Shona Reppe’s Cinderella

Shona Reppe’s Cinderella

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; subtle, s… 

How To Disappear

How To Disappear

As 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 on offer… 

Our Fathers

Our Fathers

It’s 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… 

One Mississippi

One Mississippi

There’s 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. 

Man to Man

Man to Man

There were a lot of expectation around this new Wales Millennium Centre production of Manfred Karge’s one-woman play, Man to Man. 

Without a Hitch

Without a Hitch

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… 

Damned Rebel Bitches

Damned Rebel Bitches

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 Coolidge Effect

The Coolidge Effect

During 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… 

Eve

Eve

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. 

Locker Room Talk

Locker Room Talk

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… 

An Evening With an Immigrant

An Evening With an Immigrant

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… 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2017: The Award Ceremony

Join some of today’s most innovative playwrights for an afternoon of insightful interviews and performed readings. 

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

A show about the evocative powers of art must be particularly effective in practicing what it preaches. 

Adam

Adam

Adam tells the story of Adam Kashmiry, a trans man born in Alexandria, Egypt. 

Wild Bore

Wild Bore

For a theatre piece to be perfect for some people, it has to be horrible for others. 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Traverse Theatre is currently hosting rehearsed readings of pieces from graduates at the University of Edinburgh’s Playwriting Masters course. 

Breakfast Plays: B!rth

Breakfast Plays: B!rth

The Traverse Theatre sadly need to offer more than a bacon roll to make Breakfast Plays: B!rth worth getting up for. 

TalkFest 2017: 02

TalkFest 2017: 02

Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festival with these fun, engaging discussions. 

Jess and Joe Forever

Jess and Joe Forever

Jess and Joe want to tell us their story. 

Meet Me At Dawn

Meet Me At Dawn

Zinnie Harris has five plays on in Edinburgh this August, including two within the Edinburgh International Festival’s theatre programme. 

The Whip Hand

The Whip Hand

The Traverse Theatre is onto a winner with its programming this year. 

Letters to Morrissey

Letters to Morrissey

Confession time: I’ve never been a fan of The Smiths or Morrissey. 

Rainbow Soapbox

Rainbow Soapbox

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… 

TalkFest 2017: 01

TalkFest 2017: 01

Delve into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Festival with these fun, engaging discussions. 

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

Lilith: The Jungle Girl

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 … 

Bounce!

Bounce!

It’s 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… 

Falling Dreams

Falling Dreams

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. 

Little Red

Little Red

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. 

Nosferatu

Nosferatu

Dracula, but not quite as you know it. 

Narrow

Narrow

A house that is too small. 

Music Is Torture

Music Is Torture

“Keep 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 … 

Girl in the Machine

Girl in the Machine

The 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. 

Girls Like That

Girls Like That

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 Thea… 

Last Christmas

Last Christmas

“I can be pretty dim, sometimes,” says Sion Pritchard as Tom, an office-working film school graduate who doesn’t, initially, come across as particularly sympathetic. 

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

It’s a brave show which starts with the words: “I don’t like it. 

Grain in the Blood

Grain in the Blood

For at 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. 

Him

Him

“It’s 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 Hill. 

Walking on Walls

Walking on Walls

There’s 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… 

A Gambler’s Guide to Dying

A Gambler’s Guide to Dying

This 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. 

Mischief

Mischief

We’re somewhere among the Western Isles, and at least a thousand years back in time. 

Breaking The Ice

Breaking The Ice

It’s 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

Blow Off

Blow Off is part concert, part theatre and deals with one woman’s journey to committing an act of terrorism. 

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

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… 

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016: The Award Ceremony

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016: The Award Ceremony

Join us for this special event, presented by the University of Edinburgh in association with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and the Traverse Theatre. 

Daffodils (A Play With Songs)

Daffodils (A Play With Songs)

Daffodils is an unusual show of two halves. 

In Fidelity

In Fidelity

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

My Eyes Went Dark

My Eyes Went Dark takes us down into the abyss of overwhelming grief and denies us any chink of light. 

TalkFest 2016: 02

TalkFest 2016: 02

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: High Heels in Low Places

Panti: High Heels in Low Places

Panti Bliss has had a whirlwind of a few years and, naturally, she has more than a few fabulous stories to share. 

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

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… 

Expensive Shit

Expensive Shit

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… 

Milk

Milk

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… 

Greater Belfast

Greater Belfast

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… 

Diary of a Madman

Diary of a Madman

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… 

TalkFest 2016: 01

TalkFest 2016: 01

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… 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Readings from seven new plays. 

Mouse – The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought

Mouse – The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought

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 … 

What Now?

What Now?

There’s a definite shift in the second play in this double bill from Edinburgh-based theatre company Strange Town. 

What Next?

What Next?

Strange 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 and perfor… 

Fluff – A Story of Lost Toys

Fluff – A Story of Lost Toys

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 Great Illusionist

The Great Illusionist

Part of the attraction of seeing magic tricks performed well – beyond the sheer spectacle – is trying to work out how they’re done. 

The Bookbinder

The Bookbinder

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… 

Constellations

Constellations

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. 

Tales of a Grandson

Tales of a Grandson

There is much more to history than just learning dates and facts. 

Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

During 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, poignant e… 

Right Now

Right Now

First lines are important; as attention grabbers, but also as indicators of what’s to come, tonally at least. 

Ring Road

Ring Road

Ring roads are not usually places you go to; they’re a means of avoiding congestion, of giving a wide berth to somewhere. 

Neither God Nor Angel

Neither God Nor Angel

There’s 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 Palace of… 

The Silent Treatment

The Silent Treatment

It has 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… 

The Air That Carries The Weight

The Air That Carries The Weight

It is a tad ironic that, initially, the most overpowering element in this new show from Stellar Quines Theatre Company – established in 1993 to “celebrates the energy, exper… 

International Waters

International Waters

David 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… 

Iphigenia In Splott

Iphigenia In Splott

In 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. 

The Destroyed Room

The Destroyed Room

With typical modesty (not), Glasgow-based Vanishing Point describe themselves as “Scotland’s foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally recognised and … 

Purposeless Movements

Purposeless Movements

There’s a 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… 

My Name is Saoirse

My Name is Saoirse

Outside 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 somewhat odd… 

Cock

Cock

In the 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 … 

The Tailor of Inverness

The Tailor of Inverness

One-man show The Tailor of Inverness first hit Edinburgh stages eight years ago and has been touring ever since. 

Tracks of the Winter Bear

Tracks of the Winter Bear

At a 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 Theatre, long-esta… 

Tomorrow

Tomorrow

Vanishing Point’s latest devised show opens with three figures creating what look to be masks, perhaps of their future selves. 

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

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

The Garden

The Garden is an off-site performance that takes place a short walk away from the Traverse Theatre. 

Am I Dead Yet?

Am I Dead Yet?

Death is an important topic and it affects everyone, obviously. 

The Christians

The Christians

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 by Eimear McBride

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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

How to Keep an Alien

How to Keep an Alien is an autobiographical story written and performed by Irish actress Sonya Kelly. 

Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow

Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow

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 … 

TalkFest 2015: 02

TalkFest 2015: 02

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… 

A Gambler's Guide to Dying

A Gambler's Guide to Dying

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. 

Crash

Crash

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. 

Fake It 'til You Make It

Fake It 'til You Make It

Bryony Kimmings is a theatre maker, performer and actor. 

Pardon / In Cuffs

Pardon / In Cuffs

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… 

An Oak Tree

An Oak Tree

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. 

Swallow

Swallow

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. 

Pre-View

Pre-View

Four readings, four brand new plays, four emerging writers, from Scotland, England and the USA. 

TalkFest 2015: 01

TalkFest 2015: 01

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… 

Fat Alice

Fat Alice

Acclaimed playwright Alison Carr’s latest offering, Fat Alice, opens on a familiar scene. 

Take the Rubbish Out, Sasha

Take the Rubbish Out, Sasha

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… 

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde

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… 

The Day The Pope Emptied Croy

The Day The Pope Emptied Croy

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. 

Beating McEnroe

Beating McEnroe

Life was so much simpler, back in 1980. 

Flying With Swans

Flying With Swans

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… 

Men in the Cities

Men in the Cities

We begin early in the morning, when several men are getting out of bed. 

Pre-View:

Pre-View:

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

Unfaithful

Unfaithful is the latest work by Fringe First award-winning writer Owen McCafferty. 

Horizontal Collaboration

Horizontal Collaboration

We are at a tribunal for war crimes. 

SmallWar

SmallWar

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… 

Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone

Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone

Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble tries to get close to other people on this planet. 

BigMouth

BigMouth

He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest. 

TalkFest 2014: 02

TalkFest 2014: 02

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

RIVERRUN

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… 

Lippy

Lippy

“If one understands a story, it has been told badly. 

Traverse Breakfast Plays

Traverse Breakfast Plays

Enjoy the finest breakfast theatre in town as the award-winning Traverse Breakfast Plays return to the festival menu. 

Bloody Trams

Bloody Trams

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… 

TalkFest 2014: 01

TalkFest 2014: 01

Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festivals. 

Cuckooed

Cuckooed

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. 

The Carousel

The Carousel

Death always makes us think about life. 

Spoiling

Spoiling

As was always to be expected, the buzzword of this year’s Fringe is independence. 

Theatre Uncut 2014

Theatre Uncut 2014

The double Fringe First winners return with new short plays to get people thinking, talking and taking action. 

HUFF

HUFF

Experience The Three Little Pigs like never before. 

Donald Robertson Is Not a Stand-Up Comedian

Donald Robertson Is Not a Stand-Up Comedian

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. 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano conducts the Atlanta players in Britten’s impassioned “War Requiem” alongside the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. 

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler

The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler

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… 

The Best of Village Pub Theatre

The Best of Village Pub Theatre

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 voices …