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

All performances at the Traverse up to and including Monday 1 June have now been cancelled as a result of Covid-19. If you have booked for one of these performances, you should have received an email with your refund options (please check any Junk Mail folder you may have).

If you have not received an email by Mon 30 March, email with details of your booking and the Box Office team will get back to you as soon as they can.

March 2020

We Are In Time
By Pamela Carter
Tue 3 – Wed 4 Mar 2020
Trav 1: 7.30pm.
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. Written by Pamela Carter, directed by Stewart Laing and featuring a new score by Valgeir Sigurðsson. Book here.

Within Sight
By Ellen Renton
Thu 5 – Fri 6 Mar 2020
Trav 2: 8pm.
Our protagonist is ‘an inspiration’, ‘so brave’, and tired of hearing it. Ellen Renton’s new spoken word theatre show is a one-woman performance based on her personal experience of living with albinism, and confronts everyday ableism.. Book here.

The Secret Garden Adapted
By Rosalind Sydney 
Friday 6 March 2020
Trav 1: 6.30pm.
A wild and beautiful retelling of the classic family story. When Mary arrives from far away to live with her uncle, she is grumpy, difficult and lonely. That all changes when she happens upon a mysterious garden that has been locked and hidden away for years. There, she discovers wonders and magic that she never imagined possible. Book here.

Songs Of Friendship: Team Viking
By James Rowland
Wed 11 – Sat 14 Mar 2020
Trav 2. Wed 11: 8pm, Sat 14: 6pm.
A revelatory three-part storytelling cycle about love, life, friendship, death – and the ridiculous, sublime muddles of everyday existence.
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
Trav 1: 7.30pm.
Hello, we’re Ell and Mary. We’re best friends and ex-girlfriends and we’re bored of playing it cool. So this is a show about what gets you hot. We asked women and trans people aged 11 to 97 what makes them flush, rub and gush. We made a sweaty verbatim dance party out of their answers. Book here.

Songs Of Friendship: A Hundred Different Words For Love
By James Rowland
Thu 12 – Sat 14 Mar 2020
Trav 2: Thur 12: 8pm, Sat 14: 7.30pm.
A revelatory three-part storytelling cycle about love, life, friendship, death – and the ridiculous, sublime muddles of everyday existence.
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
Trav 2: Fri13 : 8pm, Sat 14: 9.15pm.
A revelatory three-part storytelling cycle about love, life, friendship, death – and the ridiculous, sublime muddles of everyday existence.
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
Trav 2: 8pm.
Maim (‘panic’ in Gàidhlig) is a call to action, giving voice to the frustrations of the next generation who care deeply about the connection between their land and language.
Tha MAIM a’ toirt guth do dhorran an ath ghinealaich agus cho cudromach ‘s a tha an ceangal eadar tìr agus cànan dhaibh. Book here.

The Department Of Distractions
Thu 19 – Fri 20 Mar 2020
Trav 1: 7.30pm.
They say they plant stories in the world “to make life more interesting”. Others would argue that their job is to stop us looking in certain directions. But a story they started has got out of hand, and now they’re in danger of being exposed. How far will they go to maintain their anonymity? 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
Fri 20 – Sat 21 Mar 2020
Trav 2: 8pm.
On Michael Thomas’ birthday, his cake sits in his mother’s living room, its candles burning undisturbed. Jackie wants to clear her conscience, whilst Evelyn’s got a big speech to deliver on the 15th anniversary of Michael’s fatal stabbing. Are some things better left unsaid? 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
Trav 1: Evenings: 7pm.
The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre making and the importance of access to the arts. Each evening sees two different youth companies perform.
Tue 24: Knightswood Secondary School & Dalkeith High School
Wed 25: Kilgraston School & Stagecoach East Kilbride
Thu 26: Port Glasgow High School & Knox Academy
Fri 27: Hamilton Grammar School & PACE Youth Theatre
Sat 28: Glasgow Acting Academy SCIO & Falkirk Youth Theatre
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.

April 2020

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.

May 2020

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.