Traverse Theatre announces Spring 2020 Season

Traverse Theatre announces Spring 2020 Season

Traverse Theatre announces Spring 2020 Season and launches £1 tickets for young people and those in receipt of a range of allowances.

TRAVERSE THEATRE ANNOUNCES SPRING 2020 SEASON (JANUARY-APRIL) AND LAUNCHES £1 TICKETS SCHEME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THOSE IN RECEIPT OF ALLOWANCES

• New £1 Tickets scheme makes theatre more accessible to under 25s and those in receipt of a range of allowances

• Traverse Theatre Company present the world premiere production of Rona Munro’s Donny’s Brain

• Award-winning sensation Mouthpiece returns for a limited run prior to worldwide touring

• Extended eight-play season of lunchtime favourite A Play, A Pie and A Pint

• Tickets on sale now

With a commitment to making theatre accessible to all, in 2020 we are launching a new £1 Tickets scheme. A new ticketing initiative, which was piloted throughout 2019, to welcome people from groups and communities who might not be aware of our work, or who may not otherwise have access to theatre – available to Under 25s and those receiving Job Seeker's Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Carer’s Allowance. Tickets are available for all Traverse Theatre Company productions and co-productions (and most visiting company shows, too), across the entire run of a show. With that in mind, we look ahead to next year and reveal the full January-April 2020 season.

First up is Traverse Theatre Company’s gripping hit about class, culture and appropriation – Mouthpiece (6-15 Feb), by Kieran Hurley – which returns following a sold-out run at Traverse Festival 2019, where it won the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award facilitating a New York transfer. It then goes on to tour to Tron Theatre, Glasgow (26-29 Feb); Adelaide Festival, Australia (6-14 Mar); and Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand (19-28 Mar).

The ever-popular A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór (presented by Traverse Theatre) season returns with an extended run of eight shows, taking in Infernal Serpent (31 Mar-4 Apr) by David Gerow; Celestial Body (7-11 Apr) by Morna Pearson; Rose (14-18 Apr) by Lorna Martin; The Storm (21-25 Apr) by Owen Whitelaw; Exquisite Corpse (28 Apr-2 May) by Conor O’Loughlin – which was presented script-in-hand at the Traverse’s inaugural First Stages Festival of new talent in November 2019; Mary and Ada Set the World to Rights (5-9 May) by Jane Livingstone; Silver Superheroes (11-16 May) by Morna Young; and Milkshake (18-23 May) by Rob Drummond. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

Rounding off the season as a whole is the Traverse Theatre Company world premiere of Donny’s Brain (14 Apr-2 May. Delving into the eternal mystery of the human brain, this dynamic and visually striking production follows Donny and Emma on a funny and moving journey as all they know about love and loss is thrown into question.

Visiting Company productions

January

The first visiting company production of the season is Mary Jane Wells and Scottish Theatre Producers’ Heroine (30 Jan-1 Feb). Written and performed by Wells, it tells the true story of US soldier and survivor of military sexual trauma, Danna Davis, with grit, lyricism and necessary black humour. Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion with a curated panel of military, legal and survivor advocate experts.

February

February opens on a comedic note with a one-night-only performance of Stephen Bailey’s Can’t Be Bothered (1 Feb), in which the comedian and renowned gossip takes in a bit of storytelling, some inappropriate anecdotes and more sincerity than he’s ever dared before.

Next up, Tandem Writing Collective (7 Feb) playwrights Jennifer Adam, Amy Hawes and Mhairi Quinn present a taster of five topical new scripts and live music, performed script-in-hand by local actors, and featuring talented new directors.

Acclaimed theatre company LUNG (in association with Leeds Playhouse) present bold documentary theatre piece Trojan Horse (11 & 12 Feb), written by Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead (who also directs) – tackling a local story that hit the national press, of Muslim teachers and governors who were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools, adapted from the real-life testimonies.

Shift Theatre Company return with another batch of Pride Plays (14 & 15 Feb), Scotland’s first ever LGBTQI+ playwright festival – giving the stage to the voices of a community who still feel underrepresented in Scottish theatre. Part of LGBT History Month Scotland. Both performances will be followed by a post-show discussion.

Traverse regulars Scottish Dance Theatre return with Antigone, Interrupted (20-22 Feb) by Joan Clevillé – an intimate solo work marking Clevillé’s first creation as Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre. Together with performer Solène Weinachter, it re-imagines the classic story for a contemporary world through the body and voice of a single performer.

Another returning face (last here with Twa), Annie George presents Home is Not the Place (21 & 22 Feb) – contrasting the remarkable story of the short life and lost work of her grandfather, Kerala poet PM John shortly before India’s independence, with her own, as an immigrant in the UK. Featuring music by Niroshini Thambar and visuals by Lorna Simpson and Jacqueline Matisse.

The Dynamite Club (in association with The Secret Actors Company) present Nan Shepherd: Howling at the Machine (26 & 27 Feb), written and directed by Erlend Clouston – an animated lecture on Nan Shepherd, the author of The Living Mountain. It features Fats Waller, Jefferson Airplane, Sigmund Freud, Mount Everest, and more, plus the voices of Björk, Tilda Swinton, Karine Polwart and Gerda Stevenson.

Northern Stage, in co-production with The Young’uns and Harbourfront Centre Toronto, present a musical celebration of northern working class activism, as Teesside folk trio The Young’uns perform a new, theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff (27-29 Feb), featuring songs from the original album alongside new material and animation.

Rounding off February, and making us thankful it’s a leap year, is the Scottish premiere of W*ank Buddies (29 Feb), by Jake Jarratt and Cameron Sharp (in association with Live Theatre), which debuted to sell-out audiences at Elevator Festival 2019. Written and performed by Jarratt and Sharp, it touches on themes of identity, class, sexuality and masculinity to ask, what are boys really made of?

March

March opens with the world premiere of Scottish Ensemble and Untitled Projects’ (in association with Perth Theatre, Horsecross) We Are In Time (3 & 4 Mar), written by Pamela Carter. It tells the extraordinary story of a transplanted heart, through song, words and a visionary new live score for strings and electronics by Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurðsson.

Next up, In The Works present poet Ellen Renton’s new spoken word theatre show – Within Sight (5 & 6 Mar) – a one-woman performance on disability, running and the Paralympics, confronting ableism within our society. In Traverse 1 the same week, acclaimed family theatre company Red Bridge Arts present a contemporary retelling of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s literary favourite The Secret Garden (6 Mar), adapted and directed by Rosalind Sydney for everyone aged six-plus.

To be enjoyed individually, or as a trilogy, Tangram Theatre Company stage a takeover of the Songs of Friendship works by James Rowland – Team Viking (11 Mar); A Hundred Different Words for Love (12 Mar); Revelations (13 Mar), and as a trilogy (14 Mar). Written and performed by Rowland, they combine story, comedy, music and song in a revelatory storytelling cycle about love, life, friendship and death.

Ex-girlfriends Mary Higgins and Ell Potter asked women and trans people aged 11 to 97 what makes them sweat, flush and gush. They made a sweaty verbatim dance party out of the answers. Following a sell-out run at London’s Soho Theatre, HOTTER Project and Ellie Keel Productions’ HOTTER (12 & 13 Mar) launches arse-first in our direction.

A world premiere of breathtaking proportions, Theatre Gu Leòr with WHYTE (in association with Tron Theatre) present MAIM (17 & 18 Mar) Translated as ‘Panic’ in Gàidhlig, it is a call to arms, giving voice to the frustrations of the next generation who care deeply about the connection between their land and language.

March also features the Scottish premiere of Third Angel’s co-production with Northern Stage (in association with Sheffield Theatres) – The Department of Distractions (19 & 20 Mar). Written by Third Angel Co-Artistic Director Alexander Kelly with Stacey Sampson and the Company, it promises a conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century.

The producers of the critically-acclaimed good dog, tiata fahodzi, and Wrested Veil in association with Leeds Playhouse, Soho Theatre and Tara Finney Productions present seeds (20 & 21 Mar) – an exploration of the human story of a fatal stabbing, told through the eyes of those left behind. Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award.

Rounding off March is the return of NT Connections (24-28 Mar) – a yearly celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts, for which the National Theatre commission ten new plays for young people to perform.

April

Into April, Franz Kafka’s influential, tragicomic novella The Metamorphosis (1-4 Apr) is brought to life in an international co-production between Vanishing Point, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione and Tron Theatre. Adapted and directed by Matthew Lenton, it’s the story of an ordinary man who wakes up to find he has been transformed into a giant insect.

Edinburgh College’s Performing Arts Studio Scotland, the leading provider of performing arts education in Scotland, return to the Traverse with their end of year showcase – Pass Out 2020 (22 Apr) – this time creating new pieces on the theme of ‘dirt’. And regular staple Soundhouse returns with its usual stellar calendar of acclaimed weekly Monday (and the occasional Sunday, and even one Friday!) gigs in the Traverse Bar Café (13 Jan-26 Apr).


LISTINGS:
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
Tickets on sale now: 0131 228 1404 and online at www.traverse.co.uk

Last Updated: 2 December 2019 11:14

Latest Local News

Eat, Rock and Be Merry at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh this Christmas

Eat, Rock and Be Merry at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh this Christmas

Hard Rock Cafe® Glasgow and Edinburgh Serve Up Limited-Time, Multi-Course Menu Offerings and Breakfast with Santa for the Holidays.
Last Updated: 11th December 2019
Edinburgh International Childrens Festival 2020 commission announced

Edinburgh International Childrens Festival 2020 commission announced

Imaginate is delighted to announce that its 2020 Festival commission will be 'Learning to Fly'a production by Barrowland Ballet.
Last Updated: 11th December 2019
Big Screen Christmas treats coming up at Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Vue Edinburgh Omni

Big Screen Christmas treats coming up at Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Vue Edinburgh Omni

This Christmas, visitors to Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Vue Edinburgh Omni can expect a festive array of screenings, including old classics, newly released films, live music and more.
Last Updated: 10th December 2019
Planning a festive proposal...

Planning a festive proposal...

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has marked the most romantic locations within its hotels with a velvet cushion designed to provide comfort to those getting down on one knee.
Last Updated: 10th December 2019
Mrs Browns Boys is Back!

Mrs Browns Boys is Back!

The Award-Winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs. Brown’s Boys have announced a live return to Edinburgh in 2020 with ‘Mrs Brown D’ Live Show.
Last Updated: 7th December 2019
Roland Gulliver to step down as Associate Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival

Roland Gulliver to step down as Associate Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival

Roland Gulliver is to leave his role as Associate Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival in spring 2020 to take up an exciting new role which will be announced shortly.
Last Updated: 6th December 2019
Award winning 21 year old CEO, Chris Thomas, reveals the secrets of his success

Award winning 21 year old CEO, Chris Thomas, reveals the secrets of his success

21 year old Chris Thomas, the CEO of incovo, has just scooped the award for 'Business Growth' at the West Lothian Business Awards!
Last Updated: 6th December 2019
Scotch liqueur crowned king of the castle in Edinburgh

Scotch liqueur crowned king of the castle in Edinburgh

Scotland’s leading Scotch malt whisky cream liqueur, Magnum, has been crowned one of the top selling products at Edinburgh Castle after smashing its annual sales target.
Last Updated: 4th December 2019
Edinburgh Gin Advert premieres with projection onto The Dome

Edinburgh Gin Advert premieres with projection onto The Dome

Edinburgh Gin premieres its new advert on the streets of Edinburgh at 6pm tonight, with a special night-time projection on one of the city’s most iconic buildings, The Dome.
Last Updated: 3rd December 2019
Festive fun for a good cause at Edinburgh care home

Festive fun for a good cause at Edinburgh care home

On Saturday 7th December, from 2pm-4pm, the Care UK team at Cairdean House, on Redford Road, will open the home’s doors for a Christmas celebration in aid of the Bethany Christian Trust.
Last Updated: 3rd December 2019
Traverse Theatre announces Spring 2020 Season

Traverse Theatre announces Spring 2020 Season

Traverse Theatre announces Spring 2020 Season and launches £1 tickets for young people and those in receipt of a range of allowances.
Last Updated: 2nd December 2019
Alasdair Gray wins the Inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Lifetime Achievement Award

Alasdair Gray wins the Inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Lifetime Achievement Award

In a ceremony presided over by BBC Presenter Cathy MacDonald, Alasdair Gray was awarded the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Scottish literature.
Last Updated: 1st December 2019
Get your hands on some of the hottest tickets in town this Black Friday

Get your hands on some of the hottest tickets in town this Black Friday

This Black Friday sees some amazing offers available on tickets for the biggest and best shows and gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh!
Last Updated: 29th November 2019
Edinburgh care home set to celebrate first anniversary in style

Edinburgh care home set to celebrate first anniversary in style

Care UK’s Murrayside, on South Beechwood is inviting the local community to help mark its first birthday, in true Scottish fashion.
Last Updated: 22nd November 2019
Lothians Schoolgirl crowned best home baker in Scotland

Lothians Schoolgirl crowned best home baker in Scotland

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh has named 14-year-old Grace Warnock its champion home baker following its nationwide search earlier this year.
Last Updated: 21st November 2019
Family festivities begin at Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Omni with CBeebies Christmas Show: Hansel and Gretel

Family festivities begin at Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Omni with CBeebies Christmas Show: Hansel and Gretel

Once again, the family-friendly feast of festive fun that is the CBeebies Christmas Show is coming to Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Vue Edinburgh Omni.
Last Updated: 21st November 2019
Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh will serve up a rockin meal for guests this Thanksgiving!

Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow and Edinburgh will serve up a rockin meal for guests this Thanksgiving!

Hard Rock Cafe® Glasgow and Edinburgh will extend a warm holiday welcome to guests this Thanksgiving by serving up a limited-time turkey meal on Thursday, 28th November!
Last Updated: 18th November 2019
Edinburgh care home chef turns up the heat in national awards

Edinburgh care home chef turns up the heat in national awards

Iain Young, head chef at Murrayside care home, at South Beechwood, has made it to the final stage in the ‘Nutrition and eating well’ category in the Scottish Care Home Awards 2019.
Last Updated: 14th November 2019
Cat Hepburn embarks on Scottish student tour as part of Book Week Scotland

Cat Hepburn embarks on Scottish student tour as part of Book Week Scotland

The Scottish Book Trust has announced that award winning scriptwriter and spoken word artist Cat Hepburn will embark on a tour for Scottish students as part of Book Week Scotland.
Last Updated: 13th November 2019
Traverse Theatre announces new artistic leadership team and board appointments

Traverse Theatre announces new artistic leadership team and board appointments

The Traverse Theatre announces the successful candidates who will join the organisation’s artistic and producing team following an extensive recruitment process.
Last Updated: 13th November 2019
Musical spectacular arrives at Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Vue Edinburgh Omni

Musical spectacular arrives at Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Vue Edinburgh Omni

Les Misérables, one of the world’s most popular musicals, is coming to Vue Edinburgh Ocean and Vue Edinburgh Omni this December.
Last Updated: 12th November 2019
Scotland asked to come together with One Kind Act

Scotland asked to come together with One Kind Act

The people of Scotland are being encouraged to celebrate St Andrew's Day (30th November) by carrying out an act of kindness!
Last Updated: 12th November 2019
Cineworld Edinburgh unveils fully refurbished cinema

Cineworld Edinburgh unveils fully refurbished cinema

Cineworld Edinburgh announces an exclusive £3 ticket offer to celebrate its completed refurbishment, available only for 2D screenings from Friday 15th to Thursday 21st November.
Last Updated: 12th November 2019
Edinburgh crowned most historic city in the north of England and Scotland

Edinburgh crowned most historic city in the north of England and Scotland

Edinburgh has been found to be the most historic city in all the north of England and Scotland, thanks to its vast array of historical experiences compared to its counterparts
Last Updated: 11th November 2019
Frozen 2 finally arrives at Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean

Frozen 2 finally arrives at Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean

Fans of Anna and Elsa can now get tickets for Disney’s enchanting sequel Frozen 2, which is set to be released in Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean on the 22nd November.
Last Updated: 7th November 2019
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel transforms restaurant into a fresh food market as it celebrates 20th year

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel transforms restaurant into a fresh food market as it celebrates 20th year

Last night, the great and the good of Scotland’s foodie scene were invited to discover culinary secrets from the recently opened Surf & Turf restaurant at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel.
Last Updated: 7th November 2019
Gleneagles The Strathearn Series to celebrate brightest kitchen talent in Edinburgh

Gleneagles The Strathearn Series to celebrate brightest kitchen talent in Edinburgh

Gleneagles is set to serve up a fresh culinary adventure when it opens the doors to its kitchen for ‘The Strathearn Series’.
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Dobbies

Enjoy breakfast with Santa at Dobbies

For a festive feast that your little ones won't forget, Dobbies is giving families the chance to enjoy a special breakfast with Santa!
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
Broadway Blockbuster arrives at Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean

Broadway Blockbuster arrives at Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean

Kinky Boots will arrive in Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean in February and tickets are on sale now!
Last Updated: 5th November 2019
Argentinian Writer Wins the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award

Argentinian Writer Wins the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award

Organisers of the Edinburgh International Book Festival today announced that the Argentinian writer Selva Almada has won the Festival’s 2019 First Book Award.
Last Updated: 4th November 2019

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Castle of Light
Expect wonder, enchantment and a spectacle of colour this festive season as Edinburgh Castle, the defender of the nation, becomes the ‘Castle of Light’!
Disney’s The Lion King
The story of THE LION KING is miraculously brought to life using masks, puppets and striking costumes to tell the story of young Simba's epic adventures.
Christmas 2O19: Scottish Ballet The Snow Queen
Scottish Ballet’s 50th year will come to a spectacular close with the world premiere of The Snow Queen this Christmas at the Festival Theatre!
24 Doors of Advent
Throughout December Edinburgh opens its doors to showcase the unique buildings in the city in this real-life advent calendar.
An Edinburgh Christmas Carol
The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh is delighted to present the world premiere of An Edinburgh Christmas Carol, a magical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale.

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »