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Traverse Theatre

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Traverse Theatre

About Traverse Theatre

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh West EH1 2ED
01312281404
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Traverse 3 is our new online venue, which will be a permanent space alongside our physical stages of Traverse 1 and 2.

As Scotland’s new writing theatre, the Traverse Theatre is a dynamic centre for performance, experience and discovery. Enabling people across society to access and engage with theatre is our fundamental mission.

Our year-round programme bursts with new stories and live performances that challenge, inform and entertain. We empower artists and audiences to make sense of the world today, providing a safe space to question, learn, empathise and – crucially – encounter different people and experiences. Conversation and the coming together of groups are central to a democratic society, and we champion equal expression and understanding.

We commission, produce and programme for existing and future audiences to offer new and exciting experiences for everyone, and our partnerships with other theatre companies and festivals enable us to present a wide range of innovative performances.

The Traverse would not exist without our over-arching passion for talent development and embracing the unexplored. We work with the newest and rawest talent – with an emphasis on the Scottish-based – nurturing it to become the art, artists and performances that can be seen on our stages through a variety of creative learning and literary programmes.

The timely, powerful stories that start life on our stages have global impact, resulting in dozens of tours, productions and translations. We are critically acclaimed and recognised the world over for our originality and artistic risk, which we hope will create some of the most talked-about plays, productions, directors, writers and actors for years to come.

As a registered Scottish charity (SC002368), we depend on donations to keep our stage doors wide open, to work with schools and community groups, to produce ambitious theatre, to keep ticket prices affordable – and to do more and better for you at our theatre in Edinburgh, sparking creativity throughout the local community and across the globe. Find out how to support our work.


Upcoming Events at Traverse Theatre

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Selected dates between 30th March 2024 - 18th May 2024

Following on from their sell our shows in 2023, the Tandem Writers are back with a series of three individual 45-minute play readings expanding on their previous stories.

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Alice Howe & Freebo

4th May 2024

Alice Howe & Freebo present a unique study in contrasts, bringing together a rising voice in Americana music and a venerable rock, folk, and blues icon.

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Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin Big Band at Edinburgh Tradfest

Selected dates between 4th May 2024 - 6th May 2024

Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin is back, providing an exciting opportunity for young musicians aged between 13 and 18, keen to develop your instrument skills.

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Martin Simpson

4th May 2024

Don't miss Martin Simpson, one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, when he comes to the Traverse Theatre as part of Tradfest!

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Rachel Newton

5th May 2024

Singer, harpist and composer Rachel Newton draws on poems and ballads that are hundreds of years old to create a rich sound that is ambitious, original and unique.

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Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

5th May 2024

Don't miss gorgeously multilayered Scandi tones and textures from Nordic Fiddlers Bloc at the Traverse Theatre as part of Tradfest!

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Simon Bradley Trio

6th May 2024

We are delighted to welcome Simon Bradley, one of Scotland’s master musicians, to Edinburgh Tradfest and his equally-accomplished band members Anna-Wendy Stevenson and Michael Bryan!

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Frankie Archer

7th May 2024

Winner of the 2023 Christian Raphael Prize, Frankie Archer has exploded onto the electrofolk scene with music that transcends stereotypes. Catch her at the Traverse Theatre as part of Tradfest!

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Malin Lewis - Halocline

8th May 2024

One of Scotland’s most exciting innovators, Malin Lewis melds west coast tradition with a newly invented, self-made bagpipe!

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Birdvox

9th May 2024

Born from a mutual love of birds, harmonies and kitchen discos, Birdvox is a new band. Catch them at the Traverse Theatre on 9th April as part of Tradfest!

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Norman&Corrie

9th May 2024

Norman&Corrie, the Scottish musical duo bring beautiful interpretations of old music that are genuinely contemporary.

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Evie Waddell

10th May 2024

Renowned Gaelic and Scots singer and fiddler, Evie Waddell, plays the Traverse 2 on 10th May as part of Tradfest!

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Simon Thoumire and Dave Milligan

11th May 2024

Together, Simon Thoumire and Dave Milligan create dazzling, quirky arrangements of reels, jigs, strathspeys, and airs from their native Scottish tradition, and beyond.

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Clare Sands

12th May 2024

Clare Sands is a sixth generation fiddler and bilingual singer from Cork, weaving traditional roots with contemporary sounds and influences, embodying a fearless warrior-like spirit!

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Jack Docherty: David Bowie & Me: Parallel Lives

16th May 2024 - 18th May 2024

BAFTA award-winning star of Scot Squad and Absolutely, Jack Docherty brings his critically-acclaimed show David Bowie & Me to the Traverse Theatre in May!

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Dead Girls Rising

21st May 2024 - 23rd May 2024

Dead Girls Rising is a furious coming-of-age punk cabaret show about trying to survive in a violent patriarchy, our deepest fears, and how we seek to control them.

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TRASHedy

27th May 2024 - 30th May 2024

Using a mix of of animated drawings, dance and sound collages, TRASHedy takes an honest, humorous look at our freedom of choice and consumerist behaviour, and invites us to reflect on our actions.

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Shō and the Demons of the Deep

27th May 2024 - 30th May 2024

Shō and the Demons of the Deep by Zoë Bullock is a visual adventure story about overcoming fear, climate crisis and how the actions of one generation can affect the next.

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By Trial and Error

31st May 2024 - 2nd June 2024

By Trial and Error is a delightful show of acrobatic lifts, full of humour borrowed from burlesque and silent cinema.

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An Ant Called Amy

31st May 2024 - 2nd June 2024

This is a charming and moving story that sensitively explores sibling loss, An Ant Called Amy tells the tale of an ant who learns to slow down.

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Storm Lantern

4th June 2024 - 6th June 2024

Caught by the Nazis distributing forbidden leaflets, Sophie Scholl is facing execution. Only one route remains: confession and betrayal of everything she stood for… but will she take it?

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The Last Pearl

6th June 2024 - 8th June 2024

From the team that created the multi award winning productions Shackleton and the Third Policeman, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company bring their newest devised piece, The Last Pearl.

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Lie Low

12th June 2024 - 15th June 2024

Lie Low is the award-winning, critically acclaimed dark, funny and surreal new play by Ciara Elizabeth Smyth.

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Maggie & Me

12th June 2024 - 15th June 2024

Maggie & Me, Damian Barr's award-winning and darkly witty memoir about growing up gay in Thatcher's Britain comes to the Traverse Theatre in June!

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The Choriza May Show

13th September 2024

Fresh from their appearance on BBC Three’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK VS The World, Choriza May hits the road with their first ever solo theatre show extravaganza and brings it to the Traverse Theatre!

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