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

The Traverse is Scotland’s leading new writing theatre. It has two performance spaces: Traverse 1 can accommodate 214-270 people depending on its configuration; the studio space, Traverse 2, seats up to 123 people.

Access: there is level access to the Box Office area and lift access to the Bar and theatre spaces downstairs. Full access guide here.

February 2023

Sat 24 Feb 2024
One performance: 7.30pm (Trav 1)
A hip hop theatre night featuring some of the freshest new dance theatre work from Scotland-based dancers. Expect a dynamic showcase drawing on hip hop, breaking, waacking and more. Through six performances, explore concepts that will resonate widely, including individualism versus societal pressure, the impact of social media on dance in the modern world, and the ‘butterfly effect’ our actions have on others, intentional or not. Book here.

Jack (PPP)
Tue 27 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2024
Daily (not Wed): 1pm; Wed: 3pm (Trav 2)
It’s Christmas Day. Our protagonist is presented with a puppy from his boyfriend and he’s fuming. He never wanted this but how can you say no to a puppy? Slowly but surely the newly christened “Jack” wears down his resistance, until a tragic event sends him spiralling on a path of self-destruction with booze, hook-ups, and the Virgin Mary. Book here.

March 2023

Peak Stuff
Fri 1/Sat 2 Mar 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm (Trav 1)
“I like having things. I like having lots of things. It reminds me that I’m… Y’know? A person.” Alice is done with fast fashion. Ben can’t stop buying trainers. And Charlie just wants to sell out…one organ at a time. In an age of retail therapy, climate crisis and click and collect – how does our ‘stuff’ define us? And have we reached peak stuff? Book here.

Bed & Breakfast (PPP)
Tue 5 – Sat 9 Mar 2024
Daily: 1pm (Trav 2).
A B&B in the Highlands has an ordinary day turned upside down when a visitor chokes on his morning toast, in this eventful and farcical play by Kirsty Halliday. Book here.

Class Act Showcase 2024
Wed 6/Thurs 7 Mar 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm (Trav 1).
This year’s scripts have been created by young people from secondary schools – Firrhill High School, Craigroyston High School, Tynecastle High School, Leith Academy, Trinity High School – and Intercultural Youth Scotland. Each script will be brought to life by a team of professional theatre-makers including directors, actors, filmmakers and musicians. Book here.

A Giant on the Bridge
Fri 8/Sat 9 Mar 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm (Trav 1),
Every year in Scotland 10,000 people return home from prison to an uncertain future. A Giant on the Bridge reveals the intimate human experiences within this prison-homecoming journey, in a compelling narrative-gig which fuses acoustic songwriting, Scottish hip hop & original storytelling. Book here.

Starving (PPP)
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar 2024
Daily: 1pm (Trav 2).
It’s 1972 and Wendy Wood is on the fifth day of her hunger strike. As the hunger pains and hallucinations kick in, her world collides with that of insecure Freya in 2021, who is starving for something to believe in. The two drink, dance and debate the question of how to find your freedom…fight or flight? Starving is a fiercely funny drama about writing your own legend, inspired by the life of Scottish activist Wendy Wood. Book here.

Escaped Alone
Wed 13 – Sat 16 Mar 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm; Sat mat: 2pm (Trav 1).
I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before. Three friends meet for a chat in the garden. A neighbour is invited in and as darker secrets emerge, their afternoon is punctured by flashes of catastrophe. The Tron Theatre Company with the Scottish premiere of Caryl Churchill’s play. Book here.

Pushin’ Thirty (PPP)
Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar 2024
Daily: 1pm (Trav 2).
Scott and Eilidh had huge dreams when they won their high school talent show with an original song. Now, they’re both approaching thirty, neither of their lives are going anywhere, and they haven’t spoken to each other in over ten years. A new comedy about two former best friends in Dundee who are reunited after a chance encounter, with original songs by Dundee-based company Elfie Picket. Book here.

Don’t. Make. Tea.
Thurs 21/Fri 22 Mar 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm (Trav 1).
Æ review: ★★★★☆ Surprising
The near future. Chris never wanted to end up here. She’s a proud woman and hates asking for help but when her condition deteriorated she had no choice but to claim benefits. Ralph believes in the new system. He knows it can work for Chris. He’s here today, in her home, to assess her, to prove she is fit and capable of working. Can Chris persuade him to change his mind? And, if not, how far is she willing to go to save herself? Book here.

Hotdog (PPP)
Tue 26 – Sat 30 Mar 2024
Daily: 1pm (Trav 2).
Alone, dressed as a sausage in a bun and armed with only a bottle of lemonade, Hotdog is determined to be the life of the party. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Hotdog explores the aftermath of a traumatic event and how it feels to lose yourself when you thought you were only just beginning. Book here.

Pass Double Bill
Wed 27/Thurs 28 Mar 2024
Daily: 2pm/3.30pm, 7pm/8.30pm (Trav 2)
The Grandfathers by Rory Mullarkey. Delve into the intimate realm of personal warfare, unraveling the profound journey of individuals trained to defend their country. Comment Is Free by James Fritz. Centred around a journalist whose controversial opinions stir up a media storm and inflammatory behaviour provokes a malicious attack. Available as a double bill or individual shows. Book here.

Fri 29 Mar 2024
One show 8pm (Trav 2).
Kieren Hurley’s critically-acclaimed debut solo show. A coming-of-age road movie for the stage, it’s a story of a strangers and service stations, of the search for community, and of jaded youth seeking hope in a failing world. Now, 15 years after its premiere, Hurley returns to this play, older, and in a much-changed world, to ask what its spirit of political hope might mean to us now in an era like this one. Work in progress; script-in-hand reading. Book here.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Sat 30 Mar 2024
One show 8pm (Trav 2).
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 about survival and sustainability, about fairness and the future. This month’s play is Introverts! The Musical by Amy Hawes. Book here.

April 2023

The Scaff (PPP)
Tue 2 – Sat 6 Apr 2024
Daily: 1pm (Trav 2).
Liam plays football at school with a close-knit group of lads who decide to enact revenge when they find out that he has been called the worst thing ever – a ‘Scaff’. When the scheme fails and ends up severely injuring the star striker, the consequences rip apart not only the boys’ friendship but the entire school. An epic and nostalgic comedy about a group of misfits who plot the worst football tackle of all time. Book here.

This Is Memorial Device
Wed 3 – Sat 6 Apr 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm ; Sat Mat: 2pm (Trav 1)
The fictional history of 1980s Airdrie’s mysterious, post-punk legends it is a gloriously hallucinatory journey, back to the hopes and dreams of early adulthood, performed by Paul Higgins (The Thick of It, Slow Horses) with music by Stephen McRobbie (The Pastels) and Gavin Thomson. Adapted and Directed by Graham Eatough. Book here.

90 Days
Fri 12 – Sun 14 Apr 2024
Fri: 7pm; Sat 8pm; Sun: 2pm (Trav 1)
Set in the 1990s, 90 Days tells the story of how Scotland’s first women’s rugby players galvanised the Scottish rugby community to become the unlikely saviours of the 1994 Women’s Rugby World Cup after its sudden cancellation by the powerful rugby elite. Uplifting, musical and moving, 90 Days lifts a glass to friendship, tenacity, empowerment, and love. Book here.

Thurs 18 – Sat 20 Apr 2024
Evenings: 8pm (Trav 2).
Don Murphy is a proud Irish man, a hopeless ketamine addict and one of his generation’s greatest actors. He also happens to be a chicken. A Kerry cock to be precise. Across one fateful night, the feathered Oscar winner shares his star-studded story with an intimate audience. Book here.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Sat 27 Apr 2024
Shows at 8pm (Trav 2).
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 about survival and sustainability, about fairness and the future. This month’s play is Rage Room by Mhairi Quinn. Book here.

May 2023

Jack Docherty in David Bowie and Me: Parallel Lives
Thurs 16 – Sat 18 May 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm (Trav 1).
The comic, author, actor and writer uses his time spent with Bowie on The Jack Docherty Show in 1997 as a jumping off point to take audiences through topics from first love, hedonism, mortality and why you should always meet your heroes. Book here.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Sat 18 May 2024
Shows at 8pm (Trav 2).
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 about survival and sustainability, about fairness and the future. This month’s play is Ivor by Jennifer Adam. Book here.

Storm Lantern
Tue 4 – Thurs 6 June 2024
Evenings: 8pm (Trav 2).
The Strange Town Touring Company with Duncan Kidd’s play about Sophie Scholl. Caught by the Nazis distributing forbidden leaflets, she is facing execution. Only one route remains: confession and betrayal of everything she stood for… but will she take it? What would you be willing to die for? Book here.

The Last Pearl
Thurs 6 – Sat 8 June 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm (Trav 1).
A strong visual theatre piece using scaled models as well as bunraku and shadow puppetry, The Last Pearl tells the story of a woman, and in the aftermath of a typhoon, with her daughter, as they scavenge and explore in a dying world. It is the story of their ability to adapt to a changing environment and ultimately survive. Book here.

Maggie & Me
Wed 12 – Sat 15 June 2024
Evenings: 7.30pm; Sat mat: 2.30pm (Trav 1).
It’s October 12, 1984 – the Brighton bombing. Maggie Thatcher emerges from the rubble, dusty but defiant and somehow in the living room of 8-year-old Damian Barr in Newarthill. No time for turning, so buckle up for a surreal yet so-real rollercoaster ride through Damian’s painful past rediscovering who he really is. Book here.

Lie Low
Wed 12 – Sat 15 June 2024
Shows at 8pm (Trav 2).

Faye’s afraid. She’s not sleeping, she doesn’t trust ducks and all she’s had to eat this week is a box of dry Rice Krispies. A doctor recommends a form of exposure therapy, so Faye enlists the help of her brother, Naoise. But Naoise has a devastating secret that’s about to explode. Book here.