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Autumn 09 0131 228 1404 (no booking fee)

Contents SHOW TITLE/COMPANY A Wee Home From Home Plan B An Argument About Sex Untitled projects/ Traverse Theatre Company/Tramway

Autumn Festival 09 Autumn Tour Red Note Ensemble Bright Black Vox Motus Confined Human Condition Cryptic Curse of the Demeter Visible Fictions The Dark Things, Traverse Theatre Company Dog & Luxuria Scottish Dance Theatre The Dough is Rising Traverse Theatre Company Ghosts in the Machine Billy Cowie Hanging by a Thread The Ding Foundation Il Panico Di Pantalone Lung Ha’s Theatre Company Letters of a Love Betrayed Music Theatre Wales Lunatic & New Work National Dance Company Wales Making of Doubt, The Stammer Productions Mixed Bill Pool New Works One Academy Noisy Nights 7Things & Traverse Theatre Company Snapshots: Creation & Play Puppet Animation Festival Solo Works David Hughes Dance Productions Story of a Rabbit Hoipolloi The Sun, The Moon and a Boy Called River Wee Stories Traverse Learning Words are never Wasted Tricky Hat Productions Writers Young Traverse Zorro Visible Fictions/Traverse Theatre Company



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29 Oct – 7 Nov 17 – 29 Nov 19 Nov 15 – 19 Sept 25 & 26 Sept 22 – 24 Oct 6 – 24 Oct 29 Nov 9 Oct – 13 Nov (various dates) 24 – 26 Nov 9 & 10 Oct 13 & 14 Nov 17 Nov 20 & 21 Nov 24 Nov 27 Nov 17 – 19 Sept 12 Oct, 2 Nov & 7 Dec 28 Nov 26 Nov 11 – 14 Nov 23 – 26 Sept

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Audio-described & sign-language interpreted performances/Discussions Booking information Diary News Support us Traverse Bar Café

David Hughes & Matt Foster (front cover & p14) & Barman (p25) photo credit: Euan Myles

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Welcome to the Traverse’s Autumn Season Photo credit: Robbie Jack

We hope you’ll be inspired by a season that celebrates innovation and creativity across all the art forms, from the new writing that you know us best for, to dance, new music, puppetry and physical theatre. The Dark Things was the first play commissioned by the Traverse that I read when I started here as Artistic Director. I loved it at the time and have been determined to see it on stage ever since. It’s funny, beautiful and haunting. The modern and the classic merge in An Argument about Sex. Marivaux’s ground-breaking original, The Dispute, now a classic, is brought startlingly up to date by Pamela Carter in this coproduction with Stuart Laing’s untitled projects and Tramway. The show is performed in both our theatre spaces. Tickets are limited so book early for this unmissable experience. Zorro promises to be both intimate and epic swashbuckling fun. Visible Fictions are an internationally successful children’s theatre company. I am delighted the Traverse is joining forces with them to present something totally different for families this Christmas.

We have also programmed a distinct strand of new work for families and young people this season, headlined by Zorro. The Traverse is home to new work of all different forms. To celebrate this, we are holding a mini-festival of some of the best and most exciting new opera, music, dance and puppetry. For two weeks the building will be buzzing with some of the most innovative companies in the UK. In particular, this minifestival celebrates the best work from Scotland, including our internationally recognised choreographers, composers, conductors and puppeteers. This spirit of innovation is alive in all our work this autumn, home grown and visiting, whether its kids’ shows or serious drama, opera or contemporary dance, there’s something new for everyone this autumn. And there’s plenty of opportunity for you to engage and participate – whether it’s as an audience member, a brand new or established writer, or someone who enjoys getting underneath the experience of creating new work for the stage.

See you there! Dominic Hill Artistic Director



The Dark Things

“Death means a lot of money, honey. Death can really make you look like a star.” ANDY WARHOL

by Ursula Rani Sarma 8 – 24 Oct Previews 6 & 7 October

Directed by Dominic Hill Designed by Neil Warmington Lighting by Lizzie Powell Daniel is famous. He has walked away from disaster and turned it into art. As he prepares for the ultimate exhibition of his life, the headlines proclaim him unbreakable. But inside, Daniel is falling apart. LJ has always been a survivor, in total command of her emotions. Since being bound to Daniel by a freak accident, she can’t quite seem to get her heart under control. Steph wants to be special, to have her photo in the paper for once, and not just because she’s Daniel’s sister. Can Karl, who claims to be in ‘production’, invent a future where they both get recognised? Gerry is seeing things. Once an eminent psychiatrist, his methods of healing are at odds with what his profession will tolerate. How can he save Daniel when he can barely help himself? As the destinies of these five lost souls collide, they discover themselves and each other. A brave and brilliant new play about art, fame and death. Ursula Rani Sarma is an award-winning writer who has written for stage, radio, screen and as a poet. She is developing several projects for the stage and screen including the new play Riot for ACT San Francisco and the feature film Breaking into Houses and Stealing Things for B3Media and Film4. This is her first commission for the Traverse Theatre.

Brian Ferguson who plays Daniel in The Dark Things. Photo credit: Euan Myles.

PREVIEWS: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 October (8pm).

DATES & TIMES: Thursday 8 – Saturday 24 October (8pm) (not Mondays), Sundays 11 & 18 October (6pm), Saturday 17 October (2.30pm).

TICKETS: Previews £8 (£5 concessions. Tuesday – Thursday £13, Sundays & matinee (£8 concessions / £5 unemployed),Friday & Saturday £16 (£12 concessions). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concessions) on Thursday 8 October, if bought before Thursday 1 October. AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Tuesday 13 October.

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 15 October 8pm (Touch Tour 7.15pm). SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 15 October 8pm.

URSULA RANI SARMA: WRITING IS RE-WRITING: A practical writers’ workshop Saturday 3 October 10.30am – 4.30pm, £16 (£8 concessions).



“Exceptional...superb...astonishing... hugely extravagant and audacious... breathtakingly successful.”

A co-production between untitled projects, Traverse Theatre COMPANY & Tramway

The Scotsman on Slope

An Argument About Sex

by Pamela Carter 29 Oct – 7 Nov Directed & Designed by Stewart Laing A response to Pierre de Marivaux’s comedy The Dispute Helen and Charlie work for a hedge fund in the city. Against a backdrop of global financial crisis, they try to settle a drunken argument from an office party the night before. Are the differences between men and women genetically hard wired? Are men inherently aggressive risk takers and women naturally more cautious and risk-averse? The argument has ramifications in their personal lives, as well as in the economic crisis that is engulfing their industry and the world at large. Charlie offers an unusual way of settling the argument: a sociological experiment involving isolated teenagers that will test the inherent differences between the sexes. The privileged financiers watch as their human guinea pigs play out their first stirrings of adolescent friendship, sexual attraction, and jealousy. Originally set at the height of the aristocracy’s power in France before the revolution, Pamela Carter relocates the action of Marivaux’s play to a period when economic excess is once again under the scrutiny of an angry and disaffected populace. An Argument About Sex reunites the team of writer, Pamela Carter, and director, Stewart Laing, which staged the sell-out production SLOPE at Tramway in 2006. The ambitious production has been specifically conceived to utilise both Traverse One and Traverse Two, with the audience journeying between the two spaces as part of the performance. It will be presented in a configuration never before experienced at the Traverse.

Photo credits: Euan Myles (human bodies), European Press Photo Agency

The Argument Continues...

Traverse After Show Discussion: Thursday 5 November. A Formal debate: “The differences between men and women are innate”. Tramway Saturday 10 October 4.30pm. Panel Discussion: “Is monogamy deviant?” Sponsored by The Skinny and ESRC Genomics Network. Tramway Thursday 15 October 5.30pm.

DATES & TIMES: Thursday 29 October – Saturday 7 November (8pm) (not Monday 2 November), Sunday 1 November (6pm).

Tickets: Tuesday – Thursday plus Sunday 1 November £13 (£8 concessions / £5 unemployed), Friday & Saturday £16 (£12 concessions). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concessions) on Thursday 29 October if bought before Thursday 22 October. AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 5 November (8pm) (Touch Tour 7.15pm). SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 5 November (8pm).

PAMELA CARTER: THINKING IN IMAGES A practical writers’ workshop. Saturday 7 November 10.30am – 4.30pm, £16 (£8 concessions).



The Dough is Rising new plays

at lunchtime by Torben Betts, Alan Bissett, Lewis Hetherington, Isabel Wright 9 Oct–13 Nov I don’t give a damn about fine writing, I’m rolling my sleeves up. The dough’s rising from Hope by Edith Sodergran, transl. Herbert Lomas

This autumn, the Traverse is launching a new season of Friday lunchtime theatre and discussion. Feed your body, mind and soul as leading actors perform a new play, script-in-hand, or playwrights discuss the most pertinent issues in theatre today. EVERYBODY KNOWS by Isabel Wright Friday 9 October 12.30pm, Traverse One BEYOND THE SEA by Torben Betts Friday 16 October 12.30pm, Traverse Two POWER THAT MOVES IN THE FOLDS OF MY DRESS: WOMEN ON STAGE – a panel discussion event where leading writers talk about writing the female voice onstage. Friday 23 October 12.30pm, Traverse One WITHOUT YOU by Ursula Rani Sarma Friday 30th October 12.30pm, Traverse Two BODIES UNFINISHED by Lewis Hetherington Friday 6th November 12.30pm, Traverse Two THE MOIRA MONOLOGUES by Alan Bissett Friday 13th November 12.30pm, Traverse One

DATES & TIMES: Friday 9 October – Friday 13 November. See above for specific dates (12.30pm). TICKETS: £8 (£5). Ticket includes a tasty bowl of soup and a sandwich.





Bright Black by Jamie Harrison & Candice Edmunds 16 – 19 Sept

Preview 15 Sept

New Works by

Douglas Maxwell, Linda Mclean & David Harrower 17 – 19 Sept

Music Michael John McCarthy Choreography Natasha Gilmore Magic. Imagination. Passion. In a mythical underworld inhabited by dark dreams and terrifying demons, a young heroine begins a quest to find her dead lover and bring him back to the world of the living. Combining illusion, digital media and new writing, Vox Motus’ latest production is a visual treat that takes you on a macabre journey into the shadowy recesses of love, life and death. This is Vox Motus’s first visit to the Traverse since the awardwinning sell-out production of Slick. Bright Black collaborators include Michael John McCarthy of Glasgow indie band Zoey van Goey and choreographer Natasha Gilmore. Natasha’s irrepressible The Blank Album has excited and delighted audiences throughout Scotland and the UK. “Faultless, fast-paced, brilliant sense of style.” ****Scotsman on Slick (Fringe First 2008 winner)

Three specially commissioned works-in progress by three of Scotland’s most distinguished contemporary playwrights.

Fever Dream: Southside by Douglas Maxwell

With Queens Park closed for a murder enquiry and the temperature soaring, it feels as is everyone has gone insane as the world starts to swirl around them blurring religion, race, time and reality.

Reminded Of Beauty by Linda Mclean

Things take an unexpected turn for three families living in the heart of the city.

Ashes Blood by David Harrower

A family run coach firm has fallen on difficult times – amidst this, the handover from one generation to the next is underway. DATES & TIMES: Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 September (7.30pm).

Fever Dream: Southside & Reminded of Beauty Thursday 17 September.

Reminded of Beauty & Ashes Blood Friday 18 September. PREVIEW: Tuesday 15 September (8pm). Preview ticket price £8 (£5 concessions). DATES & TIMES: Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 September (8pm).

TICKETS: Wednesday – Thursday £13 (£8 concessions/£5 Schools),

Friday – Saturday £16 (£12 concessions).

EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concessions) on Wednesday 16 September if bought before Wednesday 9 September.

Image design by Gary Birnie

Ashes Blood & Fever Dream: Southside Saturday 19 September. TICKETS: £6 (£4 concessions).







Confined Human Condition

Hanging by a Thread

25 – 26 Sept

Director Cathie Boyd Composer Alejandro Viñao Composer Phillip Neil Martin

devised & performed by Hannah Marshall & Amelia Pimlott 9 – 10 Oct

Director Steve Tiplady From fear and desire to nothing. Enter the minds of two women left helpless; one suffers grief, the other the agony of love. Confined Human Condition is a music theatre double bill combining music with design from James Johnson, Theo Clinkard and Nich Smith. The Baghdad Monologue by Viñao, performed by soprano Frances M Lynch, explores the everyday pain of war. A rhythmic electroacoustic score with tightly woven text portrays a familiar situation that is as old as civilization: the forceful intervention of the strong and the powerful to ‘protect’ and ‘liberate’ the weak.

A yarn knitted from old jumpers, worn, torn and reborn into characters, landscapes and a misshapen story. Cared for by her daughter, on old woman has knitted herself into her bed – a bed which has a powerful and surprising will of its own. Using puppetry, objects, performers and music, this is theatre that is playful, hypnotic, spellbinding and absurd. Sitting half way between moving visual art and theatre, the show employs a strong sense of physicality. It is expressed through the creation of 4D images - time and movement being the fourth dimension where layers of meaning and narrative can play.

Terror of Love is a provocative commission from multifaceted “The Ding Foundation… .along with other companies such as composer Martin. Inspired by Saint Teresa of Ávila and scored for Faulty Optic and Blind Summit, are part of a growing strand of mezzo soprano Loré Lixenberg with electronics, it explores the British theatre that recognises puppets can sometimes connect ecstatic state of mind of a woman who sacrifices herself for love. with audiences more directly than human performers.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian This production is only suitable for adults over the age of 18. A co production with the Women’s Arts International Festival at the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. Theatre Cryptic receives funding from the Scottish Arts Council.

DATES & TIMES: Friday 9 – Saturday 10 October (7.30pm). TICKETS: £16 (£12 concessions).

DATES & TIMES: Friday 25 – Saturday 26 September (8pm). TICKETS: £16 (£12 concessions).

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Friday 25 September.

Photo credit: Valentin Casarsa (Getty Images)

Photo credit: Pau Ros





Words are never Wasted

Story of a Rabbit

with Hugh Hughes by Rita Armstrong, Beth Beveridge, 11 – 14 Nov Mary Mullen, Graeme Steine Created and performed by & Peter Vera 20 Oct Hugh Hughes & Aled Williams

Director Fiona Miller Dramaturg John Binnie A surreal comedy about a paranoid woman in Dunfermline, convinced that there are Al Quaeda terrorist cells round every corner. A true life account of schizophrenia where the voices in your head are getting louder and louder. A young man confronts his older self in an attempt to understand his inability to cry. A family drama about a carer looking after an elderly patient. A lyrical story about an elderly woman and her relationship with her carer. An evening of new writing that throws light on one of society’s last taboos - living with mental health. Funny, surprising and very moving, five writers from Fife explore a range of genres and emotions in a fascinating collection of new drama that is poignant, cutting-edge and startling. “Each individual brings a vivid, personal resonance to chewy situations we have all experienced. There’s poignancy, roguish humour, poetic word pictures and wonderful song.” ****The Herald on What If

When Hugh Hughes finds his neighbour’s rabbit lying dead in his garden, the only sensible thing to do is to put it in a box. But it doesn’t fit. As he puzzles over what to do with the body he starts to wonder how much of life disappears once we die… Combining Hugh’s uniquely charming theatricality and his best friend Aled’s music, Story of a Rabbit lifts the lid on life’s final mystery. Emerging Welsh artist, Hugh Hughes, has been a firm favourite on the Fringe since 2006. He’s also spent the last few years travelling across the world making new connections, including a sold-out run at the iconic Sydney Opera House. Now he returns to Edinburgh with the Fringe First award-winning Story of a Rabbit. Hoipolloi is one of the leading British theatre companies whose work imaginatively engages its audiences and makes them laugh. The Doubtful Guest was part of the Traverse’s 2009 Festival. “Delicately balances the mundane and the profound, the tragic and comic.” ****The Scotsman

DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 20 October (7.30pm).

DATES & TIMES: Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 November (8pm).

Part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

Friday – Saturday £16 (£12 All Concessions).

TICKETS: £4 (£2 concessions).

1 – 22 Oct 2009,

TICKETS: Wednesday – Thursday £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed),

Photo credit: Geraint Lewis




Il Panico Di Pantalone Two very fast-paced Commedia Dell’Arte stories by Clark Crystal 13 – 14 Nov

Director Maria Oller Designer Jessica Worrall Original Music Composed by Robert Pettigrew & John Sampson It is the night before Pantalone’s wedding… Finally, dreams seem to be coming true for Pantalone. His servants, Arlecchino and Pulcinella, have set things up for their sleazy old master. He will inherit the largest of wills, marry the most beautiful woman and own the largest estate in the region. Could redemption finally be coming the way of Pantalone? Il Capitano has requisitioned his navy, positioned his air force and grounded his troops. Brighadella is in the bunker. Pulcinella is in the lookout. Il Dottore is full of advice, as always. The enemy is in the firing line. War is imminent. Before battle Capitano has one more story to tell of his past “heroism”, but could his ‘braggadocio’ blow up in his face? “A bright and brave double bill.” **** Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman Lung Ha’s Theatre Company exists to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to become actively involved in the performing arts. Supported by the Scottish Arts Council & the City of Edinburgh Council DATES & TIMES: Friday 13 & Saturday 14 November, Fri 13 (12pm & 7.30pm), Sat 14 (7.30pm).

TICKETS: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed & Registered Disabled). CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 14 November 7.30pm.

Young Traverse The Traverse is growing in popularity as a venue for families and young people to enjoy the best new writing produced specially for them, in a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere. We are now able to welcome under-18s to the Traverse Theatre and Bar Café at any time, provided food is being served (usually until 10pm). Our Learning programme focuses on encouraging further engagement by younger people, as well as taking the Traverse to schools and other settings. In particular this season, we are delighted to be co-producing Zorro by young Scottish writer Davey Anderson, with the brilliant Visible Fictions. Christmas time…mistletoe and…masks?! WEE STORIES

Saturday Stories Saturday storytelling for the over-fives continues at the Traverse this season. Happy stories, sad stories, silly stories, spooky stories, big stories and Wee Stories….. Andy Cannon tells a tale or two on Saturday mornings. Get up close and personal with Wee Stories at the Traverse, with storytelling guaranteed to entertain and charm children of all ages “One of our most gifted and engaging storytellers… Andy Cannon has us spellbound.” **** The Herald on Saturday Stories DATES & TIMES: Saturday 26 September 2009; Saturday 31 October; Saturday 28 November at 11am.

TICKETS: £5 full price (£4 concessions), Group/Family ticket Photo credit: Colin Dickson Image design: Fogbank

(4 people) £15.



Wee Stories

Visible Fictions

The Sun, the Moon and a boy called River

Curse of the Demeter

23 – 26 Sept

by Robert Forrest 22 – 24 Oct

Created, directed & performed by Iain Johnstone & Andy Cannon Music performed by Jennifer Port Designer Claire Halleran Lighting designer Gerron Stewart

Directed by Douglas Irvine

Two babies, born at exactly the same moment, under the exact same moon. One born a princess in a palace, the other the son of a poor woodcutter. A prophecy foretells they will marry, but the evil King will stop at nothing to prevent his daughter from marrying a commoner. An enchanting tale of good against evil and an unattainable quest with many surprises along the way! Told in Wee Stories’ unique story-telling theatre style by the multi-award winning Andy Cannon and Iain Johnstone (creators of The Emperor’s New Kilt; Treasure Island; Arthur, the Story of a King and Jock and the Beanstalk) and with evocative live music, The Sun, the Moon and a boy called River will be a magical night out for the whole family. “Wee Stories have earned a reputation not only as the best children’s theatre company in Scotland, but also as one of the very best companies in any genre.” Daily Telegraph on The Emperor’s New Kilt, May 2008

A spine tingling journey of suspense, suspicion and spooky sightings. Visible Fictions presents the chilling and thrilling tale of the ill fated ship, the Demeter, and her ghostly cargo. Whilst storms rage and the crew mysteriously disappear one by one, fear grows as rumours of a sinister stowaway spreads around the remaining ship- mates. Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this new play will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat as things go bump in the night on board the jinxed ship. For thrill seekers over 11 yrs.  “Visible Fictions comes with such a blazing reputation that it’s hard to ignore.” The Guardian Dates & Times: Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 October, Thurs 22 Oct (7.30pm), Fri 23 Oct (7.30pm), Sat 24 Oct (2.30pm & 7.30pm).

Tickets: Thursday & Saturday matinee £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed), Friday – Saturday evening £16 (£12 All Concessions).

Dates & Times: Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 September, Wed 23 Sep (7pm) Thurs 24 Sep (10.30am & 7pm) Fri 25 Sep (7pm) Sat 26 Sep (2.30pm & 7pm).

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 22 October.

Tickets: Single ticket £7.50, Family Group of 2 £15, Family Group of 3 £19, Family Group of 4 £23.

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Wednesday 23 September.

Photo credit: Mark Hamilton

Design credit: Smallmedialarge






by Davey Anderson 5 – 24 Dec






Previews 4 & 5 Dec Directed by Douglas Irvine A mysterious figure has arrived in town and it’s certainly not Father Christmas. A flurry of a cape, the glint of a sword and a flash of a mask; who is this baffling character? Exciting friend or formidable foe? If you looking for some swashbuckling fun this Christmas, come and lock swords with Zorro at the Traverse Theatre. Watch as our masked champion ricochets from one sticky situation to another in a world where adventure is the name and justice is the game! Watch out for ‘Z’s scratched into the snow this Christmas, it might mark the start of a thrilling escapade...For all intrepid adventurers. Schools performances are suitable for all classes

DATES & TIMES: Saturday 5 – Thursday 24 December (times vary). (Not Mondays or Tuesday 15 December) PREVIEWS: Friday 4 (11am) & Saturday 5 (2.30pm).

Friday 4 to Sunday 6: Friday 4 (11am), Saturday 5 (2.30pm & 7pm), Sunday 6 (2.30pm).

Tuesday 8 to Sunday 13: Tuesday 8 (11am), Wednesday 9 (11am), Thursday 10 (11am), Friday 11 (11am & 7pm), Saturday 12 (2.30pm & 7pm), Sunday 13 (2.30pm).

Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20: Wednesday 16 (11am), Thursday 17 (11am & 7pm), Friday 18 (11am & 7pm), Saturday 19 (2.30pm & 7pm), Sunday 20 (2.30pm)

Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24: Tuesday 22 (2.30pm & 7pm), Wednesday 23 (2.30pm & 7pm), Thursday 24 (2.30pm & 7pm)

SINGLE TICKETS: Preview: Adult £8, Child £5. Tues – Thur & Sun: Adult £13, Child £8, Unemployed £5. Fri & Sat: Adult (Fri & Sat) £16, Child (Fri & Sat) £12

FAMILY TICKETS: Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday Family of 2 (1 adult 1 child) £19, Family of 3 (1 adult 2 child) £26, Family of 4 (2 adults 2 child) £38. Friday & Saturday Family of 2 £26, Family of 3 £37, Family of 4 £52. GROUPS: Bring a group of ten, get the 11th ticket free. Illustration Kev Harper


Traverse Learning OutWrite. Photo credit: The Herald

As an essential part of our work, we bring participants to the Traverse to experience the artistic programme and take outreach projects to schools and into the community. The Learning Department aims to support educators as they begin to implement the Scottish Government’s new Curriculum for Excellence by offering young people the opportunity to develop new creative skills. By providing a mixture of workshops, After Show Discussions and resources, the Learning Department aims to enhance the Traverse’s artistic programme for all audiences, particularly young people. The Traverse provides a wide range of inclusive learning activities and resources including: ‡ Class Act, our annual schools’ playwriting project (20 years old this year!). This gives students the opportunity to work with professional playwrights to create their own short plays and have them produced and performed by professional directors and actors on the Traverse main stage. ‡ 6FKRRO 3ODFHPHQWV, our work experience programme for school pupils. Traverse Learning offer one week long placement to one school pupil per term and the opportunity to work in a professional theatre environment.

‡ 7UDYHUVH 7HDFKHUV´ )RUXP, our forum for drama teachers and course leaders. The forum gives teacher’s the opportunity to hear about and discuss the nature, interest and suitability of productions for their students. ‡ 3URGXFWLRQ (YHQWV, our range of activities to support and enhance audiences’ experiences of the Traverse Artistic programme. These include Pre-Performance Workshops and After Show Discussions. Traverse Learning also supports and promotes the education work provided by visiting companies. ‡/HDUQLQJ5HVRXUFH3DFNV, for each autumn and spring Traverse Theatre Company production we provide a downloadable learning resource pack to aid students with their studies of our plays. For further details on any of the above, please contact Noëlle O’Donoghue, Head of Traverse Learning – QRHOOHR´GRQRJKXH#WUDYHUVHFRXN To support our Learning work, please contact Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Head of Communications – Both can be contacted on 0131 228 3223.

Young Writers’ Group Are you aged 18-25 and interested in theatre? Ever thought of writing for the stage? It’s free to join the Traverse Young Writers’ Group and whether you’ve written something before or are completely new to playwriting, all you’ll need is enthusiasm and a pen. Previous Traverse Young Writers who have gone on to write professionally for the theatre include Morna Pearson, Rob Evans, Davey Anderson, Catherine Grosvenor, and Sam Holcroft (our current Pearson Playwright). The fortnightly sessions are led by professional playwright and radio writer, Jules Horne.

The sessions will give you the chance to learn about different aspects of writing plays and to develop your own writing. You can be a member for up to two years and there are exclusive opportunities to work with Traverse directors and professional actors annually – not to mention special offers on tickets for Traverse Theatre Company productions. Young Writers’ Group starts again in October 2009. If you’d like further information about the group, please get in touch with Louise Stephens on 0131 228 3223 or e-mail


Something new for everyone.

Autumn Festival 09

Welcome to the first Traverse Autumn Festival, celebrating innovative new work from Scotland and throughout the UK. 0131 228 1404 (no booking fee)





Letters of a Love Betrayed

Autumn Concert Tour

by Eleanor Alberga 17 Nov

Music composed by Gyorgy Ligeti, John Harris, Gordon McPherson 19 Nov

Based on a short story by Isabel Allende

Conducted by Garry Walker

Directed by Michael McCarthy Conducted by Michael Rafferty Librettist Donald Sturrock

Gyorgy Ligeti: Hungarian Rock (ensemble version)

Set against the harsh, sun-dried landscapes of South America, Letters of a Love Betrayed is a captivating tale about a young woman who follows the calling of her heart to unravel the truth behind the brutal deception that has been played upon her. The drama leaves no human emotion untouched: there is lust and greed, passion and pain, but also humour and kindness - and throughout it all runs the simple longing of the human heart for love. Jamaican born composer Eleanor Alberga, and librettist Donald Sturrock, have transformed Isabel Allende’s unabashedly romantic story into an intimate yet intensely powerful chamber opera, glowing with vivid, exotic rhythms and a rich orchestral pallet. Sung in English with English surtitles. A co-production with the Royal Opera House. Brought to the Traverse Theatre in partnership with Scottish Opera.

“(Music Theatre Wales) regularly achieves minor miracles.” The Guardian DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 17 November (7.30pm). TICKETS: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concession) if bought before Tuesday 10 November. PART OF 342 OFFER (see page 20) PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: 6.30pm

John Harris: For Tom, His Question Answered Gordon McPherson: The Waterworks (revised 2009 version) Gyorgy Ligeti: Chamber Concerto Red Note Ensemble are Scotland’s new contemporary music ensemble, familiar to Traverse audiences from the Monday night Noisy Nights series. Here they perform their first fulllength concert progreamme of 20th Century classics by Hungarian heaveyweight Gyorgy Ligeti and new works by Scottish composers Conor McPherson and John Harris. Gordon McPherson’s ‘paranoid concerto’ The Waterworks, written for actor and ensemble, is getting a full makeover in collaboration with Glasgow writer Paul Henry. John Harris’s short tribute to playwright Tom McGrath His Question Answered receives its first performance. Ligeti’s brilliant, un-danceable Hungarian Rock and masterwork classic Chamber Concerto complete the proceedings. DATES & TIMES: Thursday 19 November (8pm). TICKETS: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concession) if bought before Thursday 12 November. PART OF 342 OFFER (see page 20) Image: Conrad Molleson







Lunatic by Nigel Charnock & New Work by Andonis Foniadakis 20 – 21 Nov

National Dance Company Wales, formerly Diversions, presents two new physically and emotionally exhilarating commissions. Nigel Charnock’s first work created for the Company, Lunatic, takes its inspiration from the glamour era of the 1940s and 1950s. A characteristically highly theatrical production, Lunatic is on the surface visually rich and appealing but with a hard- hitting, insightful heart. Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis also makes his Company debut with a provocative and inspiring new work that focuses on his hallmark technical virtuosity and fluidity, set to an original score from Julien Tarride. “On the dance stage, as on the rugby field, never underestimate the Welsh.” The Observer “They had the audience spellbound from start to finish.” Dance Europe DATES & TIMES: Friday 20 – Saturday 21 November (8pm). TICKETS: £16 (£12 All Concessions) EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concession) on Friday 20 November, if bought before Friday 13 November.

The Making Of Doubt 24 Nov

Choreographer Colette Sadler The Making of Doubt involves 4 performers, life size puppets, prosthetic limbs and dancing objects in a clever and witty game with reality, fiction and manipulation. Taking the human doll as an emblem, The Making of Doubt places it within the real and impossible condition of its words and actions. The Making of Doubt asks the question, “how much authenticity or detail does the viewer need to believe in the fake - what details could be left out or taken away”? The Making of Doubt is part of an international, ongoing tour. “A tour de force.” The Irish Times ‘It totally disrupts commonplace notions of what dance is, or indeed aesthetic values… a brilliant provocation’ Mary Brennan, The Herald Supported by the Scottish Arts Council and Glasgow City Council DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 24 November (8pm). TICKETS: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concession) if bought before Tuesday 17 November. PART OF 342 OFFER (see page 20)

Photo credit: Roy Campbell-Moore

Photo credit: Anna v Kooij





A Wee Home From Home

Solo Works

26 Nov

Director Gerry Mulgrew Choreography Frank Mcconnell Music Michael Marra

“Such a box of goodies you are spoiled for choice – a great vehicle for Hughes’ dramatic expression.”

performed by Michael Marra & Frank Mcconnell 25 Nov

Returning to Glasgow Frankie knocks on a door to find no one home. With time on his hands he wanders the streets of his past and is swept up in the ensuing roller coaster of memories and emotions. Twenty-one years after this gem of a show first played to full-houses and immense public acclaim, Plan B have reunited the original creative team to bring A Wee Home From Home to a new generation. Michael Marra and Frank McConnell create a double act full of warmth and charm, with undertones of menace. It uses an eclectic mix of raw live music, inspired, high-octane choreography and powerful theatricality. The show opens Scotland to its own sounds while celebrating a vibrant and indomitable spirit, with pathos and a huge dose of humour. “a satirical but affectionate portrait of Glasgow which is vivid and telling and quite brilliantly performed.” The Scotsman “Robust and fiercely energetic.” The Times Supported by the Scottish Arts Council DATES & TIMES: Wednesday 25 November (8pm). TICKETS: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concession) if bought before Wednesday 18 November.

The Guardian

Ten years on, this is a rare opportunity to see the complete and original commissions of the acclaimed solo show Map. This is an intimate evening with the veteran Hughes, a chance for him to share with you his physical heritage and unrivalled dance experience. Javier De Frutos’ El Uno y Medio casts Hughes as Jason after his estranged wife Medea has murdered their children. Bob Cohan choreographs Adagietto. Hughes steps back in time to the dramatic world of Martha Graham with Cohans’ work based on the betrayal and death of San Sebastian. Siobhan Davies creates L’Apres-Midi d’un Faune, her modern take on the famous Nijinsky Ballet, an exploration of stillness. Christopher Bruce’s Hurricane (A Pantomime) masterfully employs Commedia Dell’ Arte in the examination of the story of American boxer Reuben ‘Hurricane’ Carter. Supported by the Scottish Arts Council DATES & TIMES: Thursday 26 November (8pm). TICKETS: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concession) if bought before Thursday 19 November. PART OF 342 OFFER (see page 20)

PART OF 342 OFFER (see page 20) Photo credit: Maria Falconer

Photo credit: Chris Nash






Ghosts in the Machine

A 3D film installation by Billy Cowie 24 – 26 Nov Ghosts in the Machine is a twenty-five minute projected 3D dance installation. The audience - wearing red/blue anaglyph glasses - see what appears to be three solid threedimensional dancers in the same space as themselves. Three ladies dance, sing and joke their way through the performance. Topics of discussion range from existentialism to ballpark-sex to media studies. Hanging over them is the dread knowledge that at the end of the performance they have to do “the whole friggin thing all over again”. Billy Cowie is a Scottish composer, choreographer, filmmaker and writer. His previous installation, In The Flesh has been presented extensively in the UK, internationally and, in Scotland at Glasgow’s Tramway. “The title, In the Flesh, is a gentle tease, but Cowie’s cunning presentation of a solo dancer, in reality a two-dimensional projection, does actually ensnare you in an exquisite illusion, namely, that the performer is solidly ‘in the space’. This hauntingly delicate vignette of ‘cinema haiku’ is an oasis of multi-dimensional enchantments.” Mary Brennan, The Herald Commissioned by Lighthouse (Brighton), and premiered by them as part of HOUSE, the Artists Open Houses new initiative for Brighton Festival. Funded by Arts Council England with additional support from the University of Brighton. Photo credit: Billy Cowie DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 November Tue 24: 5.30pm, 6.05pm, 6.40pm, 7.15pm. Wed 25: 12pm, 12.35pm, 1.10pm, 5.30pm, 6.05pm, 6.40pm, 7.15pm. Thur 26: 12pm, 12.35pm, 1.10pm, 5.30pm, 6.05pm, 6.40pm, 7.15pm.

TICKETS: Free. Book your slot by calling the box office on 0131 228 1404, or email Places may be available on the day.


The best new work from the dance centres of Scotland 27 Nov Submerge yourself in a fascinating new dance collection of recently created work, from all over Scotland, hand picked and nurtured by the directors of the dance centres of Scotland. Pool, now in its second year, was imagined as a supportive stage for exceptional work making the transition from raw studio creation to fully realised presentation. Dive into an evening of light and dark, of ebbing and flowing as a new generation of Scottish contemporary choreography emerges. DATES & TIMES: Friday 27 November (8pm). TICKETS: £8 (£5 concessions).





Snapshots: Creation & Play


28 Nov

A cabaret, a scratch, a smorgasbord of beautiful, challenging and thought provoking visual performance. Six artists with a passion for puppetry and shadow theatre of all kinds, shapes and sizes, have each been given an award by Puppet Animation Scotland to create a complete piece of performance art. The only stipulation - that each piece lasts for no longer than four minutes. Apart from that, anything goes… DATES & TIMES: Saturday 28 November (7.30pm). TICKETS: £5.

by Hofesh Shechter &


by Liv Lorent 29 Nov Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company returns to the Traverse to perform two SDT classics. This is the first time both works have been performed together and is not to be missed. Luxuria by Liv Lorent was premiered in 2005 and has since become a signature work for the company. Visually arresting, cinematic and with haunting music, the award-winning Luxuria is a feast for the senses. “achingly beautiful” The Herald Dog is a rare commission of original work by Hofesh Shechter whose career has orbited internationally over the past two years. Urban and tribal, raw and ironic Dog is “crammed with ideas and wit, this is dance for the mind as well as the senses.” Guardian Supported by the Scottish Arts Council DATES & TIMES: Sunday 29 November (8pm). TICKETS: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed). EARLY BIRD TICKET OFFER: £8 (£5 concession) if bought before Saturday 25 November. PART OF 342 OFFER (see page 20)

Photo credit: Tim Morozzo, from Ailie Cohen’s The New Not New, part of 2008’s Snapshots

Photo credit: Chris Nash



Autumn Festival tickets & ways to save Single Tickets

Tuesday to Thursday & Sunday tickets £13 (£8/£5 unemployed) Friday & Saturday tickets £16 (£12)

342 offer*

Three shows for £26! Save up to £26! Book your tickets by 10 November and get the third free. Or knock yourself out and buy six, get two free!

Choose from: Letters of a Love Betrayed, Red Note Autumn Concert Tour, The Making of Doubt, A Wee Home from Home, Lunatic & New Work, Dog & Luxuria

Early Bird ticket offer*

Tickets from £8 when you buy your tickets a week in advance (see individual pages for full details).

In Progress tickets Traverse Theatre Autumn Festival 09 programmed in association with Dance Base *Offers subject to availability

These unique works In Progress give you opportunity to experience exciting new work as it is being developed. Pool’s Mixed Bill £8 (£5) Puppet Animation Festival’s Snapshots: Creation & Play £5


Writers The Traverse is committed to nurturing, developing and producing the work of our contemporary playwrights to the highest possible standards. Alongside this, the Traverse develops and presents high-quality translations of leading international plays. The company commissions new writers from Scotland and around the world. We offer a unique insight into the playwriting process by opening it up to members of the public and to new and established writers. This autumn, we are offering a particularly strong programme of public playwriting workshops and other events from writers who have been commissioned by the Traverse. For further information on all of the work of the Traverse’s Literary Department, led by Katherine Mendelsohn, see Young Writers Group New writers aged 18 - 25 can join our fortnightly Young Writers Group – see page 13 for full details.

Words, Words, Words Send us some! This season the Traverse is inviting writers at all stages to submit short scenes for our new Words, Words, Words events. The short pieces (approx 2 – 4 pages in length) will be read aloud by members of our writing groups in the informal setting of the Traverse bar-café space on Monday 5th October and Monday 2nd November at 8pm. If you have an idea for a piece or want to be involved, please email Zinnie Harris ( by 28th September. All very welcome. DATES & TIMES: Monday 5 October, Monday 9 November & Monday 30 November (8pm). TICKETS: Free.

Ten Ten new ten minute plays from ten emerging playwrights; all past participants of the Traverse writing workshops or Words, Words, Words. The writers participating are: Rachel Ballantyne, Erlend Clouston, Graham de Banzie, Caroline Dunford, Corene Lemaitre, Marta Mari, John McCann, Lisa Nicoll, Joel Symonds, Lesley Wilson. Developed by Zinnie Harris and Dominic Hill, the plays will be performed by professional writers. A celebration of ten new theatre voices. DATES & TIMES: Sunday 15 November (6pm). TICKETS: £5.


Zinnie Harris Beyond the Toolkit

Ursula Rani Sarma: Writing is Re-Writing?

Following on from her highly popular Playwrights’ Toolkit sessions at the Traverse, renowned playwright Zinnie Harris (the Traverse/Scottish Arts Council’s Senior Playwriting Fellow leads four evening sessions of playwriting workshops for adult writers looking to expand their playwriting skills to develop full-length work for the stage.

Ursula Rani Sarma (whose play The Dark Things premieres at the Traverse this autumn) leads a practical writers’ workshop on a key part of every writer’s relationship to their own creative work: redrafting your play. Advice about what happens when you’ve written that first draft and are looking to move your play on further, and how you approach re-entering that world to develop it further…

Beyond the Toolkit is for writers aged 26 and over (If you’re 25 or under please see our Young Writers Group on p13).

Ursula Rani Sarma is an award-winning writer who has written extensively for stage, radio, screen and as a poet. Plays include The course begins on Monday 14 September and runs on Mondays The Magic Tree (Cork Midsummer Festival/Belltable Arts Centre/ until Monday 12 October 2009 (excluding Monday 5 October). Granary Theatre/Project Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe 2008); Places are limited. To apply please submit a three-page sample of Orpheus Road (Paines Plough, Young Vic Theatre); and Blue (Cork a scene or a partial scene marked Beyond the Toolkit to: Opera House). She is currently under commission to Paines Plough Zinnie Harris and the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Traverse Theatre 10 Cambridge Street, DATES & TIMES: Saturday 3 October, (10.30am – 4.30pm). Edinburgh EH1 2ED by 1st September. Only successful applicants will be notified about their place (by Monday 7 September).

TICKETS: £16 (£8 concessions).

DATES & TIMES: September – October (7 – 9pm). TICKETS: £50 (£35) for the four-session course.

Photo credit: Alan McCreadie

Photo credit: Amelia Stein


Pamela Carter: Thinking in Images

Pearson Playwright & Emerging Playwright

Pamela Carter (whose play An Argument About Sex premieres at the Traverse & Tramway this autumn) leads a practical writers’ workshop exploring the use of images and photography as a creative stimulation in playwriting, and discussing how source images and writing can provide inspiration – and even structure – in the creation of a play.

The Traverse Theatre is delighted to welcome Sam Holcroft as our Pearson Playwright in Residence for 2009/10 and Ella Hickson as our inaugural Emerging Playwright on Attachment.

Sam began her playwriting career as a young writer here at the Traverse. Her play Cockroach was co-produced with the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) as part of the Traverse/NTS Debuts Pamela is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her first play season. Sam is currently under commission to the Traverse, The Slope premiered at the Tramway in July 2006, directed by Gate Theatre and is also undertaking research for a project with Stewart Laing. As founder and Director of ek theatre company, Paines Plough. she has co-written and directed Game Theory (Traverse Theatre, Ella’s first play, Eight, won a Fringe First Award, the Carol Tambor Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Pamela was Research Associate for Best of Edinburgh Award in 2008 and transferred to Trafalgar Suspect Culture, and was recently the dramaturg on Interiors for Studios in London. Vanishing Point. She is currently working on a co-production with This new post is a joint initiative with the Playwrights’ Studio the Traverse for Spring 2010. Scotland’s Partnership Projects. It will provide support to a writer Places are limited for both of these writer events. To book please at an early stage of their career. We’re very much looking forward contact the Box Office on 0131 228 1404 or book online at: to working with Ella during her year-long association with the Traverse. Sam and Ella join Zinnie Harris, Senior Playwriting Fellow, here at the Traverse. DATES & TIMES: 7th November, (10.30am – 4.30pm). TICKETS: £16 (£8).

Photo credit: Robbie Jack

Photo credit: Sam Holcroft by Angela Catlin. Ella Hickson by Devon Walsh



Noisy Nights

in the Traverse Bar Café Noisy Nights are the Traverse Theatre’s musical Nights of the Unexpected. Informal and eclectic, they feature performances of fresh-off-the-page music by the professional Red Note Ensemble, alongside live performances by artists from right across the spectrum of contemporary music. Everything is a taste of the new and exciting, new sounds from emerging, underground and established musicians. Each night will consist of two sets of short new pieces from the Red Note Ensemble, interspersed with performances from our invited incoming artists, and rounded off with a left-of-centre DJ set. It will start at around 8pm with the main event finishing around 9:30pm, and then avante DJs from 10pm onwards. DATES & TIMES: Mondays 12 October, 2 November & 7 December 8pm TICKETS: FREE

Audio-described and sign-language interpreted performances

After Show Discussions

Would you like to find out more about how a play goes from page to stage? Do you have a burning question for the writers, directors or actors who appear at the Traverse? Meet the people who make the shows.

The Traverse provides audio-described performances of its own productions for blind people or those with sight difficulties, WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER and sign-language interpreted performances for deaf people Wee Stories The Sun, the Moon and a boy called River or those with hearing difficulties. THURSDAY 15 OCTOBER, 8PM The Dark Things Audio-Described Performance (Touch Tour 7.15pm) & Sign-Language Interpreted Performance THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 8PM An Argument about Sex Audio-Described Performance (Touch Tour 7.15pm) & Sign-Language Interpreted Performance

Pre-show Discussion TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER, 6.30PM Music Theatre Wales Letters of A Love Betrayed

FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER Cryptic Confined Human Condition TUESDAY 13 OCTOBER Traverse Theatre Company The Dark Things Meet Dominic Hill, Director THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER Visible Fictions Curse of the Demeter THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER Traverse Theatre Company/untitled projects/Tramway An Argument about Sex Meet writer Pamela Carter and director and designer Stewart Laing After show Discussions will begin five minutes after the end of the performance and will last approximately 20 minutes.



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Open from 10.30am – 11pm Monday to Wednesday and until 1am Thursday to Saturday

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TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS The Atlantic Philanthropies The Barcapel Foundation The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust The Binks Trust The Craignish Trust The Cross Trust The Cruden Foundation Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation The Imlay Foundation The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland The Peggy Ramsay Foundation Sky Youth Action Fund Tay Charitable Trust The Thistle Trust The John Thaw Foundation The James Thom Howat Charitable Trust The Weatherall Foundation For their continued generous support of Traverse Theatre Company productions, we would like to thank Camerabase, Habitat and Marks and Spencer, Princes Street. INDIVIDUALS Traverse Devotees: Joan Aitken, Stewart Binnie, Katie Bradford, Adrienne Sinclair Chalmers, Lawrence Clark, Adam Fowler, Joscelyn Fox, Anne Gallacher, Caroline Gardner, John Knight OBE, Iain Millar, Gillian Moulton, Helen Pitkethly, Michael Ridings, Bridget Stevens, Walton & Parkinson.

Emerging Playwright on Attachment post supported by Playwrights Studio Scotland as a Partnership Project.

Thank you to everyone who has made individual donations, has purchased bricks or made seat dedications.

Pearson Playwright supported by Pearson



Autumn Season 09 Diary SEPTEMBER Mon 14 Tues 15 Wed 16 Thur 17 Fri 18 Sat 19

TRAVERSE 1 Zinnie Harris: Beyond the Toolkit 7 – 9pm Bright Black 8pm P Bright Black 8pm Bright Black 8pm Bright Black 8pm Bright Black 8pm

Mon 21 Wed 23 Thur 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Sun 27 Mon 28

Zinnie Harris: Beyond the Toolkit 7 – 9pm

OCTOBER Sat 3 Mon 5 Tues 6 Wed 7 Thur 8 Fri 9

Confined Human Condition 8pm D Confined Human Condition 8pm Doors Open day 12.30pm – 4pm


One Academy: 7.30pm One Academy: 7.30pm One Academy: 7.30pm The Sun, The Moon & a Boy... 7pm D The Sun, The Moon & a Boy...10.30am & 7pm The Sun, The Moon & a Boy... 7pm The Sun, The Moon & a Boy... 2.30pm & 7pm Zinnie Harris: Beyond the Toolkit 7 – 9pm

Ursula Rani Sarma: Writing... 10.30am – 4.30pm

Sat 10 Sun 11

The Dark Things 8pm P The Dark Things 8pm P The Dark Things 8pm The Dough is Rising 12.30pm The Dark Things 8pm The Dark Things 8pm The Dark Things 6pm

Mon 12 Tues 13 Wed 14 Thur 15 Fri 16 Sat 17 Sun 18

Audrey Niffenegger 5.30pm – 8.30pm The Dark Things 8pm D The Dark Things 8pm The Dark Things 8pm AD SL The Dark Things 8pm The Dark Things 2pm & 8pm The Dark Things 6pm

Zinnie Harris: Beyond the Toolkit 7 – 9pm

Tues 20 Wed 21 Thur 22 Fri 23

Words are never Wasted 7.30pm

Sat 24

The Dark Things 8pm The Dark Things 8pm The Dark Things 8pm The Dough is Rising 12.30pm Dark Things 8pm The Dark Things 8pm

Thur 29 Fri 30

An Argument About Sex 8pm An Argument About Sex 8pm

Sat 31

An Argument About Sex 8pm

An Argument About Sex 8pm The Dough is Rising 12.30pm An Argument About Sex 8pm Saturday Stories 11am An Argument About Sex 8pm

NOVEMBER Sun 1 Mon 2 Tues 3 Wed 4 Thur 5 Fri 6 Sat 7

Words Words Words 8pm

Hanging by a Thread 7.30pm Hanging by a Thread 7.30pm Noisy Nights 8pm

The Dough is Rising 12.30pm

Curse of the Demeter 7.30pm D Curse of the Demeter 7.30pm Curse of the Demeter 2.30pm & 7.30pm

An Argument About Sex 6pm

An Argument About Sex 6pm

An Argument About Sex 8pm An Argument About Sex 8pm An Argument About Sex 8pm An Argument About Sex 8pm

An Argument About Sex 8pm An Argument About Sex 8pm An Argument About Sex 8pm The Dough is Rising 12.30pm An Argument About Sex 8pm Pamela Carter: Thinking in... 10.30am – 4.30pm An Argument About Sex 8pm

An Argument About Sex 8pm



Noisy Nights 8pm


NOVEMBER Mon 9 Wed 11 Thur 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tues 17 Thur 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Tues 24 Wed 25 Thur 26 Fri 27 Sat 28



Story of a Rabbit 8pm Story of a Rabbit 8pm The Dough is Rising 12.30pm Story of a Rabbit 8pm Story of a Rabbit 8pm

Il Panico Di Pantalone 12pm & 7.30pm

TRAVERSE BAR CAFÉ Words Words Words 8pm

Il Panico Di Pantalone 7.30pm Ten 6pm

Letters of a Love Betrayed 7.30pm D Red Note Ensemble 8pm National Dance Company Wales 8pm National Dance Company Wales 8pm The Making of Doubt 8pm A Wee Home From Home 8pm David Hughes Solo Works 8pm Pool Mixed Bill 8pm

Ghosts in the Machine (Times: see page 18) Ghosts in the Machine (Times: see page 18) Ghosts in the Machine (Times: see page 18) Saturday Stories 11am Snapshots: Creation & Play 7.30pm

Sun 29 Dog & Luxuria 8pm Mon 30 DECEMBER Fri 4 Sat 5 Sun 6

Zorro 11am P Zorro 2.30pm P & 7pm Zorro 2.30pm

Mon 7 Tues 8 Wed 9 Thur 10 Fri 11 Sat 12 Sun 13

Zorro 11am Zorro 11am Zorro 11am Zorro 11am & 7pm Zorro 2.30pm & 7pm Zorro 2.30pm

Wed 16 Thur 17 Fri 18 Sat 19 Sun 20

Zorro 11am Zorro 11am & 7pm Zorro 11am & 7pm Zorro 2.30pm & 7pm Zorro 2.30pm

Tues 22 Wed 23 Thur 24

Zorro 2.30pm & 7pm Zorro 2.30pm & 7pm Zorro 2.30pm & 7pm




Words Words Words 8pm

Noisy Nights 8pm







Traverse on Tour

Photo credit: Euan Myles

Midsummer (a play with songs) Orphans

Midsummer, David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s “seductive little two-hander” (Daily Telegraph) is currently on its way to Vancouver, following its tour of Ireland, Scotland and its phenomenal Festival run. It is part of the vibrant fall programme at The Cultch, the renowned venue responsible for enriching the social and cultural life of Vancouver.

Photo credit: Simon Annand

Dennis Kelly’s thrilling Orphans, our co-production with Birmingham Rep in association with Paines Plough transfers to The Door at Birmingham Rep from 10 Sep 2009 – Sat 26 Sep 2009, and London’s Soho Theatre from 30 September – 24 October.

“An undoubted hit.” Evening Standard “Warm-hearted, beautifully-sculpted musical romantic comedy.” WWW.BIRMINGHAM-REP.CO.UK The Scotsman WWW.SOHOTHEATRE.COM


Doors Open Day

Class Act 2010

Open Day is organised by the Cockburn Association (The Edinburgh Civic Trust). Edinburgh Doors Open Day is part of European Heritage Days, where building owners across Europe open their doors for one day and give free public access. For more information visit:

Bannerman High School, Cleveden Secondary School, Hillhead High School, Linlithgow Academy, Queensferry High School, St. Augustine’s RC High School, St. Mungo’s Academy and West Calder High School.

The Traverse is participating in this year’s event, offering tours and other surprises! Edinburgh Doors

Sunday 27 September 2009, 12 noon to 5pm

The Traverse’s annual school’s playwriting project turns 20! Plays written by pupils from Balerno High School,

Supported by the Barcapel Foundation, the Moffat Trust, the John Thaw Foundation, Edinburgh City Council, West Lothian Council and Culture & Sport Glasgow. Thursday 28 and Friday 29 January 7.30pm



Meet Audrey Niffenegger 0RQGD\WK2FWREHUDWSP Talk, Q&A and signing at the Traverse Theatre

Monday 1 – Saturday 6 February Manipulate, Puppet Animation Scotland’s annual celebration of inspirational international visual theatre, returns to the Traverse Theatre. This is award-winning object theatre and animation of the highest quality for consenting adults!

Author of the universally acclaimed, international bestseller, The Time Traveller’s Wife, will be here talking about her new novel A Fearful Symmetry. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of the world’s most talked about and most loved novelists. œ7KLVLVDODUPLQJO\FORVHWRSHUIHFWLRQ¡ 6FRWODQGRQ6XQGD\

The Steamie


Mon 28 Sep – Sat 3 October

Written by Tony Roper Starring Julie Austin, Maureen Carr, Kay Gallie, Jacqueline Hughes, David McGowan His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen

The Silver Darlings Tue 6 – Sat 10 October From the novel by Neil M Gunn Starring Jimmy Chisholm, Meg Fraser, Ann Louise Ross, Tom McGovern, Alan McHugh, Michael McKenzie, Finn den Hertog, Sally Reid, Helen Mackay & Cameron Mowat

English Touring Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre

The Grapes of Wrath Tue 13 – Sat 17 October Starring Oliver Cotton, Sorcha Cusack, Damian O’Hare & Christopher Timothy

A new version created by Vanishing Point

Michael Codron and Theatre Royal Bath productions present The Chichester Festival Theatre production of

Entertaining Angels Mon 19 – Sat 24 October Starring Penelope Keith, Caroline Harker, Benjamin Whitrow & Polly Adams

Based on the original by John Gay

12 September – 3 October 2009

Jenny King for the Touring Consortium and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Kes Tue 27 – Sat 31 October Starring Katherine Dow Blyton, David Crellin, Mike Burnside, Daniel Casey National Theatre of Scotland

The House of Bernarda Alba Tue 3 – Sat 7 November

Starring Jo Freer, Louise Ludgate, Vanessa Johnson, Anne Lacey, Mary McCusker, Myra McFadyen, Una McLean, Heather Nimmo, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Carmen Pieraccini, Siobhan Redmond and Morag Stark

By James Hogg

Direct from the West End

16 October – 7 November 2009

Rain Man Tue 10 – Sat 14 November Starring Neil Morrissey & Oliver Chris BOX OFFICE 0131 248 4848 GROUPS 8+ 0131 248 4949 TEXT RELAY 18001 0131 248 4848

0131 529 6000** 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LQ

Adapted and directed by Mark Thomson


Fee Applies

The King’s and Festival Theatres are run by Festival City Theatres Trust. Registered Charity SC018605.

Company No. SCO62065 Scottish Charity Registered No. SCO10509

Traverse Theatre Autumn Season 09 BOX OFFICE OPENING TIMES Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm (and until performance time on performance days) HOW TO BOOK Face to face: Traverse Box Office, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2ED Online: Telephone: 0131 228 1404 PAYMENT We accept cash, cheques, Mastercard, Visa, Maestro, Delta, Solo and Visa Electron cards. WAYS TO SAVE Group Bookings – one free ticket for every 10 tickets purchased for the same performance, regardless of concession (ie the 11th ticket is free).

Early Bird tickets are available on selected

performances and are subject to availability (see individual show pages for full information).

Concessions are available for students, under 18s, over 60s, members of entertainment unions, StagePass and Young Scot card holders. The Registered Unemployed concession is available for anyone in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Disability Living Allowance. Remember to bring proof of your concession status when you pick up your tickets.

SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES For performances that sell out in advance, a waiting list will be started one hour prior to the start time. This service is only available to personal callers at the Traverse. ACCESS AT THE TRAVERSE Level access, automatic doors at Cambridge Street entrance, lift with Braille signage and audible announcer, adapted toilets at ground and Traverse Bar Café levels, wheelchair spaces, assistance dogs welcome, infra red (headsets available from the Front of House staff) and induction loop systems. To book a wheelchair space or for any further access queries/ requirements contact Martin Duffield, Box Office Manager on 0131 228 1404/email Artlink offers an escort service to help people with disability to enjoy the arts - contact them directly at: 229 3555 Copies of this brochure are available in Braille, large print and audio formats from the Traverse Box Office. Please contact us if you would like to join our mailing list to receive any of these formats in the future.

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Autumn Festival 2009 and Zorro.








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Traverse Theatre Brochure Autumn 2009  

Traverse Theatre Brochure Autumn 2009