Traverse Listings

Upcoming shows at Edinburgh’s New Writing Theatre

10 Cambridge Street, EH1 2ED. Phone booking: 0131 228 1404

The Traverse. Pic: Mihaela Bodlovic

The Traverse. Pic: Mihaela Bodlovic

Click on the name of the show to go to its ticketing site.


Imaginate Ideas Exchange
Wed 29 Jan 2020
Traverse 2: 6pm.
An evening of new works-in-progress for young audiences by artists based in Scotland. Presented by Imaginate in partnership with Traverse Theatre. Includes Strike (12+), The Turmeric Trail (9+) and Trivial Drinking (3-6 years). Book here.

By Mary Jane Wells
Thu 30 Jan – Sat 1 Feb 2020
Traverse 2: 8pm.
EdFringe 2018 review:
★★★★☆ Gripping
Based on the true story of US soldier Danna Davis. A survivor of military sexual trauma, hers is a human story exploring healing, forgiveness and what speaking your truth really means. Book here.

Stephen Bailey: Can’t Be Bothered
Sat 1 Feb 2020
Stephen Bailey has made a name for himself for being a little gossip – but this year he’s grown up and decided to have a conversation with you (but a funny one – he’s still Channel 5’s darling) – about everything that is going on in the world. Book here.

By Kieran Hurley
Thu 6 – Sat 15 Feb 2020
Salisbury Crags. Twilight. A woman takes a step forward into the air. A teenage boy pulls her back. Two lives are changed forever. Book here.

Tandem Writing Collective: Play Readings
By Amy Hawes, Jennifer Adam & Mhairi Quinn
Fri 7 Feb 2020
Tandem features tasters of topical new scripts By Amy Hawes, Jennifer Adam and Mhairi Quinn. Performed script-in-hand Book here.

Untitled 2009
By Nelly Kelly
Sat 8 Feb 2020
Untitled 2009 sees a dynamic ensemble of trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers grapple with faith and queerness. Book here.

Trojan Horse
By Helen Monks & Matt Woodhead
Tue 11 – wed 12 Feb 2020
Trojan Horse follows the real-life stories of Muslim teachers and governors who were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Book here.

Pride Plays: 1
Fri 14 Feb 2020
Traverse 2: 7pm.

Pride Plays are back and continuing to give the stage to voices of the LGBTQI+ community. Book here.

Pride Plays: 2
Sat 15 Feb 2020
Traverse 2: 7pm.

Pride Plays are back and continuing to give the stage to voices of the LGBTQI+ community. Book here.

Open Submissions Workshop
Wed 19 Feb 2020
Join the Traverse’s Literary Associate Eleanor White for a discussion on our Open Submissions process. Book here.

Antigone, Interrupted
By Joan Clevillé
Thu 20 – sat 22 Feb 2020
Choreographer Joan Clevillé presents an intimate solo work in his first creation as Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre, together with acclaimed performer Solène Weinachter. Book here.

Home Is Not The Place
By Annie George
Fri 21 – Sat 22 Feb 2020
A poetic, poignant show by award-winning writer Annie George, contrasting the remarkable story of her grandfather with her own, as an immigrant in the UK. Book here.

Nan Shepherd: Howling At The Machine
By Erlend Clouston
Wed 26 – Thu 27 Feb 2020
An animated lecture on Nan Shepherd, the remarkable author of The Living Mountain – the first female writer to appear on a British banknote. Book here.

The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff
By The Young’uns
Thu 27 – Sat 29 Feb 2020
This is the true story of one man’s journey from poverty and unemployment in Stockton on Tees. Featuring songs and stunning animation. Book here.

W*Nk Buddies
By Jake Jarratt & Cameron Sharp
Sat 29 Feb 2020
University. A house party. One dancing to Britney, the other alone having a few in the kitchen. But, they are both heading for the same bed. Book here.

We Are In Time
By Pamela Carter
Tue 3 – Wed 4 Mar 2020
Through song, music and words, one of Scotland’s most forward-thinking theatre-makers joins the pioneering string orchestra to tell the extraordinary story of a transplanted heart, from giver to receiver. Book here.

Within Sight
By Ellen Renton
Thu 5 – Fri 6 Mar 2020
Our protagonist is ‘an inspiration’, ‘so brave’, and tired of hearing it. An one-woman performance confronting everyday ableism. Book here.

The Secret Garden Adapted
By Rosalind Sydney
Fri 6 Mar 2020
Join Red Bridge Arts – and Mary – on a journey filled with secrets, mystery and unexpected friendships adapted from one of the great classics of children’s literature. Book here.

Songs Of Friendship: Team Viking
By James Rowland
Wed 11 – Sat 14 Mar 2020
Eight years ago, James’ best friend was diagnosed with heart cancer. This is the story of how James and Sarah made has last wish happen. Book here.

By Mary Higgins & Ell Potter
Thu 12 – Fri 13 Mar 2020
Ell and Mary are best friends and ex-girlfriends and they’re bored of playing it cool. This is a show about what gets you hot. Book here.

Songs Of Friendship: A Hundred Different Words For Love
By James Rowland
Thu 12 – Sat 14 Mar 2020
Five years ago, James met the love of his life. Then they broke up. A story about falling in love, landing brokenhearted, and weddings. Book here.

Songs Of Friendship: Revelations
By James Rowland
Fri 13 – Sat 14 Mar 2020
Three years ago, Sarah and Emma asked James to help them start a family. A story about trying to do the right thing. Book here.

Le/By Alasdair C. Whyte & Cast
Tue 17 – Wed 18 Mar 2020
Maim (‘panic’ in Gàidhlig) is a call to action for those who care deeply about the connection between their land and language. Book here.

The Department Of Distractions
Thu 19 – Fri 20 Mar 2020
Third Angel brings you a conspiracy-theory documentary-exposé detective story for the 21st century that asks: what aren’t you looking at? Book here.

By Mel Pennant 2020
Fri 20 – Sat 21 Mar 2020
Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award, seeds tells the story of two mothers united in sorrow, sharing the hardship of protecting their sons. Book here.

Nt Connections 2020
Tue 24 – Sat 28 Mar 2020
The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatremaking and the importance of access to the arts. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: The Infernal Serpent
By David Gerow
Tue 31 Mar – Sat 4 Apr 2020
Meet Adam and Eve: devoted snake rights activists who are getting nowhere. The Infernal Serpent puts a devilishly modern twist on an old story to consider why – and how – we protest. Book here.

The Metamorphosis
After the story By Franz Kafka
Wed 1 – Sat 4 Apr 2020
Franz Kafka’s hugely influential, tragicomic, iconic novella is brought vividly to life in this international co-production. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: Celestial Body
By Morna Pearson
Tue 7 – Sat 11 Apr 2020
Laura looks to the celestial body to change her life. Hamish buries a past trauma deep in his mind. Bruce joins a gym to try and win back his wife. They all share a past but one of them doesn’t know it yet. Book here.

Donny’s Brain
By Rona Munro
Sat 11 Apr – Sat 2 May 2020
A neuroscience rom-com. Donny wakes up in hospital, desperate to see his partner Emma and not understanding why she hasn’t come to see him yet. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: Rose
By Lorna Martin
Tue 14 – Sat 18 Apr 2020
Italy, 1984. Scotland’s Rose Reilly scores for Italy, helping them win the women’s World Cup. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: The Storm
By Owen Whitelaw
Tue 21 – Sat 25 Apr 2020
A darkly comic drama exploring the impact of fake news both in the past and in the present. Book here.

Pass Out 2020
Devised by the company
Wed 22 Apr 2020
Edinburgh College’s Performing Arts Studio Scotland, the leading provider of performing arts education in Scotland, returns to the Traverse with their end of year showcase. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: Exquisite Corpse
By Conor O’Loughlin
Tue 28 Apr – Sat 2 May 2020
When Iona, a theme park attendant makes a grim discovery at her workplace, her manager Frank presents her with an impossible choice. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: Mary And Ada Set The World To Rights
By Jane Livingstone
Tue 5 – Sat 9 May 2020
Mary Somerville and Ada Lovelace are among the most respected thinkers of their day. When a brutal accusation causes Mary to doubt her entire life’s work, the two great minds must come together. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: The Silver Superheroes
By Morna Young
Tue 12 – Sat 16 May 2020
Strongman and Lady X were our 70s superheroes. Now it’s time for them to step out of retirement because a mysterious force has awoken and one final adventure awaits. Book here.

Traverse Young Writers’ Scratch Night
Sat 16 May 2020
Join us for a night celebrating the freshest new writing talent, at the Traverse Young Writers’ Scratch Night. Book here.

A Play, A Pie And A Pint: Milkshake
By Rob Drummond
Tue 19 – Sat 23 May 2020
A right wing politician and a left wing activist meet in a court-mandated restorative justice session after the later throws a milkshake at the former. Book here.