We are the Traverse - champion of stories and storytellers. The stories we share are by anyone and for everyone.
About Traverse Theatre
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.
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Upcoming Events at Traverse Theatre
2nd August 2021 - 22nd August 2021
Full of tenderness and humour, and woven through with a live, folk-rock inspired, musical score, Still is a cathartic story of life, loss and joy.
3rd August 2021 - 7th August 2021
MOVE is about migration, loss and communal healing. Weaving storytelling, choral soundscape and Gaelic song, five women portray the ebb and flow of people across the globe throughout the ages.
4th August 2021 - 29th August 2021
Writer and director Enda Walsh’s dark and frequently absurdist new play receives its highly anticipated world premiere at the International Festival.
6th August 2021 - 29th August 2021
Edinburgh Old Town
A Play, A Pie and A Pint returns to Edinburgh this summer with Aye, Elvis, an alternative love story about escapism, identity and a Doric Elvis.
7th August 2021 - 28th August 2021
Edinburgh Old Town
A Play, A Pie and A Pint returns to Edinburgh this summer with Chic Murray - A Funny Place for a Window.
10th August 2021 - 16th August 2021
Online Event Edinburgh
Following its West End and Off-Broadway runs, Olivier Award winning Fishamble presents On Blueberry Hill by current Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry.
24th August 2021
Edinburgh Old Town
The Traverse is delighted to be bringing Class Act to our August Festival programme for the first time, featuring live performance as well as short films, animation and more.
24th August 2021 - 29th August 2021
At once timely and timeless in its nuanced observation of the fragility of peace, This is Paradise is a powerful monologue exploring what it takes from us to begin again.
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