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.

Events at this venue

There are 11 events at this location

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ALOK

Soho Theatre ALOK (they/them) is an internationally acclaimed writer, performer and public speaker. This is their new comedy and poetry show. A mixed-media artist, ALOK’s work explores themes of trauma, belonging and the human condition. They are also the author of Femme in Public (2017), Beyond the Gender Binary (2020…

Tue 9 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 10 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 11 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 21 Aug

Blood Harmony

ThickSkin, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Watford Palace Theatre, Wales Millennium Centre A fractured trio of sisters are pulled back together with news that turns their worlds upside down. Soaring music by Atlantic Records artists The Staves combines with bold new writing and dynamic physicality in this uplifting and powerful…

Tue 2 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 6 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug

Bloody Elle – A Gig Musical

A Cloudrise Production Eve’s eyes are green like guacamole, she has posh hair and a freckle on her chin and when she puts her hand on Elle’s arm… This heart-warming and belly-achingly funny story is stuffed full of those stomach-flipping, time-stopping moments, a touch, a glance, a kiss, that everyone will recognise.

Thu 4 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug

Exodus

National Theatre of Scotland How far will a politician go? In her bid to become the country’s leader, Home Secretary Asiya Rao prepares to make a major policy announcement that will establish her as the front-runner of the political race. Alongside her calculating advisor Phoebe, she embarks on a publicity stunt starting…

Sun 31 Jul

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Sat 6 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug

Happy Meal

Roots / Theatre Royal Plymouth with ETT and Oxford Playhouse By Tabby Lamb (they/she). Director Jamie Fletcher (she/her). Join us for an online show IRL. Travel back to the quaint days of dial up and MSN, where you'll follow two strangers on their journeys to become who they always were. A funny, moving and nostalgic…

Thu 4 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug

The Last Return

Druid Not all good things come to those who wait. One final night. One last chance. Five people queue for a ticket to the hottest show in town. All they must do is simply wait in line. But what in life is ever simple? Who will triumph, who will fail, and who will walk away with… The Last Return? A new play by acclaimed…

Thu 4 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug

Liz Kingsman: One-Woman Show

Country Mile Productions The Guardian’s #1 Comedy Show of 2021 comes to the Fringe for a limited run. A bold, irreverent, raw, moving and triumphant celebration of adjectives, this blurb will nail down nothing. Times’ Top 5 Comedy Shows of 2021. Telegraph’s Best Cultural Events of 2021. 'The hands-down funniest live…

Tue 16 Aug

Traverse 1

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 17 Aug

Traverse 1

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 18 Aug

Traverse 1

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 28 Aug

One-Woman Show

The Guardian’s #1 Comedy Show of 2021 comes to the Fringe for a limited run. A bold, irreverent, raw, moving and triumphant celebration of adjectives, this blurb will nail down nothing. Times’ Top 5 Comedy Shows of 2021. Telegraph’s Best Cultural Events of 2021. "The hands-down funniest live comedy show of 2021"…

Tue 16 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Wed 17 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Thu 18 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

…and 9 more dates until 28 Aug

Psychodrama

Psycho Productions and Cusack Projects Ltd Psycho Productions and Cusack Projects Ltd. Written and directed by Matt Wilkinson, performed by Emily Bruni. Set Design: James Turner. Lighting Design: Elliot Griggs. Sound Design: Gareth Fry. A gripping, at times hilarious, revenge tale about an actress in her 40s under…

Thu 4 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 19 more dates until 28 Aug

This is Paradise

Traverse Theatre Company 10 April 1998, Belfast. The Good Friday Agreement is signed, promising peace to Northern Ireland. Across the city, Kate receives a call from a desperate young woman, compelling her to return to a relationship she left in another life, and embark upon a journey which risks the uneasy peace she has…

Sat 30 Jul

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Thu 4 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 5 Aug

2

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 2

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 28 Aug

Wilf

Traverse Theatre Company Calvin is going to revolutionise his life. Escape his abusive boyfriend, detonate his inner sex bomb, see (and shag) the world! Now he’s found his partner in crime in Wilf, a rusty Volkswagen Polo. Together they hit the road on a wild ride of greasy takeaways, graveyard orgies and banging 80s…

Fri 5 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 6 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£17 (£12) / 0131 228 1404

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 7 Aug

1

£17–£22 (£12–£17) / 0131 228 1404

Traverse 1

£22 (£17) / 0131 228 1404

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 18 more dates until 28 Aug