★★★★☆ Intense and involving:
Combining thought-provoking intelligence and the genuinely moving, Made In India at the Traverse is a very fine production.
Dirty Protest’s production of Last Christmas at the Traverse is an emotional and beautifully acted tale, but is not as much of an alternative to traditional Christmas theatre as it may first appear.
★★★★☆ Humorously inventive:
Black Beauty, the Traverse’s show for all ages this Christmas co-produced with Red Bridge, is a million miles from a straight adaptation of the children’s classic but provides more than enough fun for everyone.
Youth Theatre Festival takes Trav by storm
The youth theatre festival Chrysalis got off to a fine start on Friday 19 November 2016 in the Traverse, with a pair of productions which made two very strong and salient points about theatre by young people.
★★★☆☆ Well performed:
Strong performances and notably high production values distinguish Grain In The Blood at the Traverse, but an initially chilling ambience is not sustained.
Anarchic, clever and hinting of ritual, Greg Sinclair’s experiment with the theatrical performance of improvised live music with young people, As the Crow Flies, is a strangely calming experience.
★★★☆☆ Mixed bag:
There is an odd combination of the poetic and the straightforward to One Thinks of It All as a Dream, the latest Play, Pie and a Pint lunchtime theatre at the Traverse.
★★★★☆ Slight but sure:
Light as breath, Morna Pearson’s involving two hander in the A Play, A Pie and A Pint lunchtime theatre slot seems to slip by even faster than its brief 45 minute running time.
There is a real emotional heft to Mischief, the latest Play, Pie and a Pint production at the Traverse, aided by impressive performances and noteworthy direction.
Fine comic performances and staging distinguish Breaking The Ice, the first in the latest season of A Play, A Pie and A Pint at the Traverse.