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Standard Concession is available for • Over 60s August: Daily from 1 hour before first performance, • People with disabilities (assistants until start time of final performance. accompanying people with disabilities go free) • Members of Entertainment Unions and the Scottish Society of Playwrights GROUP BOOKINGS To arrange a group booking, please email Under 30s/Student Concession boxoffice@traverse.co.uk. Groups receive one complimentary ticket for every 10 tickets bought • Available to everyone under the age of 30 (i.e. 11th ticket free). Valid on concessions, subject (proof of age required) to availability. • Young Scot cardholders • Students (valid student ID required)

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WeLCOMe TO TRAveRSe FeSTiVAL 2018

Orla O'Loughlin

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It’s a human need to be told stories. Stories offer reflection, challenge, release and comfort. Especially in difficult times. This year’s Traverse Festival is ultimately a celebration of stories. Stories about pain and joy, conflict and hope, loss and progress. Stories for now. Our programme includes 8 world premieres, and contemporary drama from some of the most exciting companies in the UK and beyond – many of whom are visiting the Traverse for the very first time, alongside some firm festival favourites.

We are proud to be producing, alongside Raw Material, What Girls Are Made Of, the first play from the mighty Cora Bissett charting her rollercoaster rock and roll teenage years; and Ulster American, an explosive, complex and incredibly timely new play by David Ireland. And in Scotland’s Year of Young People we’re thrilled to be featuring the work of three recent graduates of our Traverse Young Writers programme in the Breakfast Plays: Youthquake. We look forward to having you with us and sharing these stories with you. Orla O’Loughlin Artistic Director

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CONTeNTS

Shows & Events

Nigel Slater’s Toast

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What Girls Are Made Of

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Ulster American

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake

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Check Up: Our NHS @ 70

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Meek 13

Underground Railroad Game

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Coriolanus Vanishes

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The Greatest Play In The History Of The World...

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CONTeNTs CLASS 21

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Other information

On The Exhale

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User Not Found

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Booking Tickets

Theatre Uncut: Women On Power

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Diary

Project #1

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In Conversation/Spotlight Events

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TalkFest 2018

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Come in!

Open Submissions

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Traverse Bar Café

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Access

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Support Us

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With Thanks

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Pre-View 28

James Tait Black Prize For Drama 2018: The Award Ceremony 29

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WORLD PREMIERE A TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY AND RAW MATERIAL CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH REGULAR MUSIC

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WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF By Cora Bissett

SUN 5 – SUN 26 AUG Previews Fri 3 & Sat 4 Aug

Director Orla O’Loughlin Designer Ana Inés Jabares-Pita Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell Composer/Sound Designer MJ McCarthy Cast Cora Bissett, Susan Bear, Simon Donaldson, Grant O’Rourke It’s 1992. In a small town in Fife, a girl is bursting to get out into the world and see what’s on offer. And an ad in the local paper declares: Band Seeks Singer. Grunge has just gone global, scruffy indie kids are inheriting the earth, and a schoolgirl from Glenrothes is catapulted to a rock star lifestyle as the singer in a hot new indie band. Touring with Radiohead, partying with Blur, she was living the dream. Until she wasn’t. Based on her meticulously detailed, pull-no-punches teenage diaries, this is the true story of Cora Bissett’s rollercoaster journey from the girl she was to the woman she wanted to be. Performing with a live band, directed by the Traverse’s awardwinning Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin (Meet Me At Dawn, Milk, Swallow), Cora (Midsummer) celebrates life’s euphoric highs and epic shitstorms, asking what wisdom we should pass on to the next generation – and which glorious mistakes we should let them make.

Preview Tickets £15 / £9 Tickets Full price £21.50 Standard concession £16.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T1

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NOTE: Strictly no latecomers Part of the Made in Scotland 2018 showcase madeinscotlandshowcase.com Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

@traversetheatre / @RAWMaterialArts / #WhatGirlsAreMadeOf ‘Orla O’Loughlin’s pitch-perfect Traverse production… short, tense, beautiful, gripping, and almost perfectly shaped.’ THE SCOTSMAN ON MEET ME AT DAWN

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Sun 5 Aug 5.30pm

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Sat 25 Aug 4pm

Sun 26 Aug 7pm

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ULSTER AMERICAN By David Ireland

FRI 3 – SUN 26 AUG Previews Sat 28 Jul & Thu 2 Aug

Director Gareth Nicholls

Preview Tickets £13 / £9

When someone treats me like a piece of shit… I bring out my Academy Award. It has something to say. It’s saying I’m right. Jay is the Oscar-winning actor taking the lead in a new play that connects with his Irish roots. Leigh is the ambitious director who will do anything to get noticed. And Ruth is the Northern Irish playwright whose voice must be heard.  The stage is set for great success but when the three meet to discuss the play’s challenges and provocations a line is crossed, and the heated discussion quickly escalates to a violent climax. Exploring consent, abuses of power and the confusions of cultural identity, Ulster American is confrontational, brutally funny and not for the faint of heart. Written by David Ireland, whose most recent play Cyprus Avenue won the James Tait Black Award 2017 and Best Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017, and directed by Traverse Associate Director Gareth Nicholls (How To Disappear, Letters To Morrissey, Trainspotting).

Tickets Full price £20.50 Standard concession £15.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

18+

NOTE: Strictly no latecomers. Contains very strong language and graphic violence. Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council. With additional support from The JMK Trust.

@traversetheatre / #UlsterAmerican ‘Combines horror and humour and thought in bone-shaking proportions.’ THE GUARDIAN ON CYPRUS AVENUE

‘An unsettling but compelling piece of theatre, under the sure hand of Gareth Nicholls’ direction.’ EDINBURGH GUIDE ON HOW TO DISAPPEAR

Sat 28 Jul 7.30pm P

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Fri 10 Aug 4.15pm

Sat 11 Aug 6.45pm

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Fri 17 Aug 6.45pm

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Wed 22 Aug 4.15pm

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Sun 26 Aug 6.15pm

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BREAKFAST PLAYS: YOUTHQUAKE By Ella Hickson, Kieran Hurley, Sabrina Mahfouz and Natalie Mackinnon, Laurie Motherwell, Rebecca Sweeney TUE 14 – SUN 26 AUG youthquake / 'juːθkweɪk / noun A significant cultural, political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

Tickets £12 (includes breakfast roll and tea/coffee)

Three young Scottish playwrights from the Traverse Young Writers’ group join forces with three leading British writers to explore a pressing question of our time: how can the younger generation be a catalyst for social and political change?

No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info

Paired with pieces from their professional mentors, this brave new body of work from young voices is a defiant demand to be seen as more than avocado-fuelled millennials.

Note: Strictly no latecomers

Kick start your festival day with these script-in-hand readings, and enjoy a breakfast roll and tea/coffee with your ticket.

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.

@traversetheatre / #BreakfastPlaysYouthquake

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Part of Year of Young People 2018.

GROUT by Ella Hickson & OLD ENOUGH by Laurie Motherwell

Tue 14, Fri 17, Tue 21, Fri 24 Aug

FUCKING MILLENNIALS by Kieran Hurley & SQUALL by Rebecca Sweeney

Wed 15, Sat 18, Wed 22, Sat 25 Aug

THE THINGS I WOULD TELL YOU (BY SOME YOUNG BRITISH MUSLIM WOMEN) by Sabrina Mahfouz & LURKER by Natalie Mackinnon Thu 16, Sun 19, Thu 23, Sun 26 Aug

‘The Traverse Breakfast Plays always feature some of the best writing on the Fringe.’ BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

‘One of the key incubators for brand new writing in Scottish theatre.’ THE SCOTSMAN

Mon 13 Aug

Tue 14 Aug 9am

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WORLD PREMIERE LAKIN MCCARTHY IN ASSOCIATION WITH NICK OF TIME PRODUCTIONS LTD

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CHECK UP: OUR NHS @ 70 By Mark Thomas

SUN 5 – SUN 26 AUG Previews Sun 29 Jul & Sat 4 Aug Director Nicolas Kent Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100... what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, and residences in hospitals and surgeries, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What’s going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right and what the future might hold for all of us. markthomasinfo.com / @markthomasinfo / #OurNHS70 ‘Thomas is a terrific performer and raconteur… funny, raw and angry.’

Preview Tickets £15 / £9 Tickets Full price £21.50 Standard concession £16.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T1

14+

Note: Contains strong language.

THE GUARDIAN

Supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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Thu 23 Aug 7pm

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Sat 25 Aug 10am & 7pm

Sun 26 Aug 10pm


SCOTTISH PREMIERE PW PRODUCTIONS PRESENT THE LOWRY PRODUCTION

NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST By Henry Filloux-Bennett WED 8 – SUN 26 AUG Preview Tue 7 Aug Director Jonnie Riordan Food Consultant James Thompson Designer Libby Watson Sound Designer Alexandra Braithwaite

Preview Tickets £15 / £9 Tickets Full price £21.50 Standard concession £16.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50

A play about growing up. With food. Based on Nigel Slater’s award-winning autobiography.

Vividly recreating suburban England in the 1960s, Nigel Slater’s childhood is told through the tastes and smells he grew up with. From No Monday performances making the perfect sherry trifle and waging war over cakes through See Booking tickets page for full to the playground politics of sweets and the rigid rules of restaurant pricing info dining, this is a moving and evocative tale of love, loss and... toast. @PWProds / @The_Lowry / #NigelSlatersTOAST

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‘He recreates with moving honesty and laugh-out-loud comedy the hopes and fears of boyhood. Remarkable.’ THE OBSERVER ON NIGEL SLATER’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY TOAST

‘Toast connects emotions, memory and taste buds. Genius.’ LYNNE TRUSS ON NIGEL SLATER’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY TOAST

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Fri 24 Aug 7pm

Sat 25 Aug 10pm

Sun 26 Aug 10am

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WORLD PREMIERE HEADLONG IN ASSOCIATION WITH BIRMINGHAM REPERTORY THEATRE

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MEEK

By Penelope Skinner SUN 5 – SUN 26 AUG Previews Tue 31 Jul & Sat 4 Aug Preview Tickets £15 / £9

Director Amy Hodge Designer Max Jones Lighting Designer Zoe Spurr Composition & Sound Designer Melanie Wilson In a society where private lives become political and freedom of expression is not an option, Irene finds herself imprisoned. As tales of her incarceration spread overseas and her growing exposure becomes a threat, she is forced to make a brutal decision. Penelope Skinner’s (Linda, The Village Bike) new play is a haunting vision of ruthless state control, tense friendships and one woman’s determination not to be broken. Presented by the exhilarating Headlong (People, Places & Things, This House) and directed by Amy Hodge, Meek is a tale which reflects on our own fraught times.

Tickets Full price £21.50 Standard concession £16.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T1

12+

Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains descriptions of violence.

headlong.co.uk / @HeadlongTheatre / #MeekThePlay

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Mon 30 Jul

Tue 31 Jul 7pm P

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Sun 5 Aug 1.45pm

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Wed 22 Aug 7pm

Thu 23 Aug 10pm

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Sat 25 Aug 1pm

Sun 26 Aug 4pm


UK PREMIERE SOHO THEATRE PRESENTS THE ARS NOVA PRODUCTION

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME SUN 5 – SUN 26 AUG Previews Thu 2 & Sat 4 Aug Created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special Director Taibi Magar Cast Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard

Preview Tickets £15 / £9

Tickets Full price £21.50 Good morning, America! Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where Standard concession £16.50 a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today’s lesson. Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 Going round after round on the mat of American history, the duo tackles race, sex and power politics in this R-rated, No Monday performances kaleidoscopic and fearless comedy.

2017 Obie Award-winner and Time Out New York’s Best of 2016. sohotheatre.com / @sohotheatre / @arsnova / #UndergroundRailroadGame

See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T1

18+

Note: Contains nudity, adult themes and strong language.

‘In-all-ways sensational.’ THE NEW YORK TIMES

‘Explosive! Fearlessly, ferociously uninhibited… it’s wildly entertaining.’ THE NEW YORKER Thu 2 Aug 7pm P

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Sun 5 Aug 9.15pm

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FIRE EXIT IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH TRON THEATRE

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CORIOLANUS VANISHES By David Leddy

FRI 3 – SUN 26 AUG Preview Thu 2 Aug Director David Leddy Performed by Irene Allan

Preview Tickets £13 / £9

A tense, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the multi-award-winning creator of The Last Bordello, Sub Rosa, Susurrus, Long Live The Little Knife.

Tickets Full price £20.50 Standard concession £15.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50

Chris experienced three deaths, one after another. She’s in prison awaiting trial. But she doesn’t know why. Written for either gender, originally played by a man, and now performed by a woman without changing a word. Contrasting bold theatricality, haunting music and razor-sharp slashes of light across a stark stage, it’s a complex descent through passion, shame, devastation and the many, many forms of madness. Just beneath the surface of everyday life there’s complete anarchy lying in wait. DavidLeddy.com / @FireExitCo / #CoriolanusVanishes ‘A maverick theatre-maker... There are few writers so capable of mixing ideas with gaudy, glorious coups de théâtre, and few so capable of messing with your head.’ THE GUARDIAN

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No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

18+

Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains adult themes and strong language. Supported by Creative Scotland and Tron Theatre. Part of the Made in Scotland 2018 showcase madeinscotlandshowcase.com

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Thu 2 Aug 6.45pm P

Fri 3 Aug 9.30pm

Sat 4 Aug 11am

Sun 5 Aug 1.30pm

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Wed 8 Aug 6.15pm

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Fri 10 Aug 11am

Sat 11 Aug 1.30pm

Sun 12 Aug 3.45pm

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Tue 14 Aug 6.15pm

Wed 15 Aug 9.15pm

Thu 16 Aug 11am

Fri 17 Aug 1.30pm

Sat 18 Aug 3.45pm

Sun 19 Aug 6.15pm

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Wed 22 Aug 11am

Thu 23 Aug 1.30pm

Fri 24 Aug 3.45pm

Sat 25 Aug 6.15pm

Sun 26 Aug 8.45pm


DiARy SATURDAY 28 July - SUNDAY 5 August Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Traverse Bar Café / Jeelie Piece Café

Saturday 28 July Ulster American, 7.30pm P Sunday 29 July Check Up: Our NHS@70, 7pm P Tuesday 31 July Meek, 7pm P

Thursday 2 August Ulster American, 11am P The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 1.45pm P On The Exhale, 4.15pm P Coriolanus Vanishes, 6.45pm P CLASS, 9.15pm P

Underground Railroad Game, 7pm P

Friday 3 August What Girls Are Made Of, 7pm P

CLASS, 11am On the Exhale, 1.45pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 4.15pm Ulster American, 6.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 9.30pm

User Not Found, 8pm P

Coriolanus Vanishes, 11am CLASS, 1.30pm Ulster American, 4.15pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 6.45pm On the Exhale, 9.30pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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On the Exhale, 11am Coriolanus Vanishes, 1.30pm CLASS, 4pm Ulster American, 6.45pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 9.30pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Saturday 4 August What Girls Are Made Of, 10am P Meek, 1.45pm P Underground Railroad Game, 5.30pm P Check Up: Our NHS@70, 9.15pm P

Sunday 5 August Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10am Meek, 1.45pm What Girls Are Made Of, 5.30pm Underground Railroad Game, 9.15pm

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Traverse 2

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British Sign Language Interpreted

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DiARy MONDAY 6 August - Sunday 12 August Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Traverse Bar Café / Jeelie Piece Café

Monday 6 August TalkFest 2018, 2.30pm & 5pm Pre-View, 7.30pm

Theatre Uncut, 10am

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The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 11am On The Exhale, 1.30pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 3.45pm CLASS, 6.15pm Ulster American, 9pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Ulster American, 11am The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 1.30pm On The Exhale, 3.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 6.15pm CLASS, 8.45pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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CLASS, 11am Ulster American, 1.30pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 4.15pm On The Exhale, 6.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 9.15pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Coriolanus Vanishes, 11am CLASS, 1.30pm Ulster American, 4.15pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 6.45pm On The Exhale, 9.15pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10am Meek, 1pm What Girls Are Made Of, 4pm Underground Railroad Game, 7pm

On The Exhale, 11am Coriolanus Vanishes, 1.30pm CLASS, 4.15pm Ulster American, 6.45pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Nigel Slater's Toast, 10pm

The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 9.30pm User Not Found, 8pm

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Tuesday 7 August Nigel Slater's Toast, 10am P Check Up: Our NHS@70, 1pm Meek, 4pm What Girls Are Made Of, 7pm Underground Railroad Game, 10pm Wednesday 8 August Nigel Slater's Toast, 10am

What Girls Are Made Of, 1pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 4pm Meek, 7pm Underground Railroad Game, 10pm Thursday 9 August Underground Railroad Game, 10am Meek, 1pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 4pm

Check Up: Our NHS@70, 7pm

What Girls Are Made Of, 10pm Friday 10 August Meek, 10am What Girls Are Made Of, 1pm Underground Railroad Game, 4pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 7pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10pm Saturday 11 August

Sunday 12 August Nigel Slater's Toast, 10am Check Up: Our NHS@70, 1pm Meek, 4pm What Girls Are Made Of, 7pm Underground Railroad Game, 10pm

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The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 11am On The Exhale, 1.30pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 3.45pm CLASS, 6.15pm Ulster American, 9pm


DiARy MONDAY 13 AUGUST - SUNDAY 19 AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Traverse Bar Café / Jeelie Piece Café

Monday 13 August In Conversation: Julie Hesmondhalgh, 6pm TalkFest 2018, 2.30pm & 5pm Pre-View, 7.30pm

Theatre Uncut, 10am

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am Ulster American, 11am The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 1.30pm On The Exhale, 3.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 6.15pm CLASS, 8.45pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am CLASS, 11am Ulster American, 1.30pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am Coriolanus Vanishes, 11am CLASS, 1.30pm Ulster American, 4.15pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 6.45pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am On The Exhale, 11am Coriolanus Vanishes, 1.30pm CLASS, 4.15pm Ulster American, 6.45pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 9.30pm

User Not Found, 8pm

JP

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 11am On The Exhale, 1.30pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 3.45pm CLASS, 6.15pm Ulster American, 9pm

User Not Found, 8pm

JP

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am Ulster American, 11am The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 1.30pm On The Exhale, 3.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 6.15pm CLASS, 8.45pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Tuesday 14 August Nigel Slater's Toast, 10am

Check Up: Our NHS@70, 1pm Meek, 4pm Underground Railroad Game, 7pm What Girls Are Made Of, 10pm

Wednesday 15 August What Girls Are Made Of, 10am Nigel Slater's Toast, 1pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 4pm Meek, 7pm Underground Railroad Game, 10pm

The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 4.15pm On The Exhale, 6.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 9.15pm

Thursday 16 August Underground Railroad Game, 10am Meek, 1pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 4pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 7pm What Girls Are Made Of, 10pm

On The Exhale, 9.15pm

Friday 17 August Meek, 10am What Girls Are Made Of, 1pm Underground Railroad Game, 4pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 7pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10pm

Saturday 18 August Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10am Meek, 1pm What Girls Are Made Of, 4pm Underground Railroad Game, 7pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 10pm Sunday 19 August Nigel Slater's Toast, 10am Check Up: Our NHS@70, 1pm Meek, 4pm What Girls Are Made Of, 7pm Underground Railroad Game, 10pm

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DiARy MONDAY 20 AUGUST – SUNDAY 26 AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Traverse Bar Café / Jeelie Piece Café

Monday 20 August In Conversation: Mark Thomas, 6pm

James Tait Black Prize For Drama 2018: The Award Ceremony, 4pm Project #1, 8pm

Tuesday 21 August Nigel Slater's Toast, 10am Check Up: Our NHS@70, 1pm Meek, 4pm What Girls Are Made Of, 7pm Underground Railroad Game, 10pm

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am CLASS, 11am Ulster American, 1.30pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 4.15pm On The Exhale, 6.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 9.15pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am Coriolanus Vanishes, 11am CLASS, 1.30pm Ulster American, 4.15pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 6.45pm On The Exhale, 9.15pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am On The Exhale, 11am Coriolanus Vanishes, 1.30pm CLASS, 4.15pm Ulster American, 6.45pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 9.30pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 11am On The Exhale, 1.30pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 3.45pm CLASS, 6.15pm Ulster American, 9pm

User Not Found, 8pm

JP

Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am Ulster American, 11am The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 1.30pm On The Exhale, 3.45pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 6.15pm CLASS, 8.45pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Breakfast Plays: Youthquake, 9am CLASS, 11am On The Exhale, 1.30pm The Greatest Play In The History Of The World, 3.45pm Ulster American, 6.15pm Coriolanus Vanishes, 8.45pm

User Not Found, 8pm

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Wednesday 22 August Underground Railroad Game, 10am Nigel Slater's Toast, 1pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 4pm Meek, 7pm What Girls Are Made Of, 10pm

Thursday 23 August What Girls Are Made Of, 10am Underground Railroad Game, 1pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 4pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 7pm Meek, 10pm

Friday 24 August Meek, 10am What Girls Are Made Of, 1pm Underground Railroad Game, 4pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 7pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10pm Saturday 25 August Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10am Meek, 1pm What Girls Are Made Of, 4pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 7pm Nigel Slater's Toast, 10pm Sunday 26 August Nigel Slater's Toast, 10am Underground Railroad Game, 1pm Meek, 4pm What Girls Are Made Of, 7pm Check Up: Our NHS@70, 10pm

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WORLD PREMIERE TARA FINNEY PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE

Image by Grant Archer

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THE GREATEST PLAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD... By Ian Kershaw

FRI 3 – SUN 26 AUG Preview Thu 2 Aug Director Raz Shaw Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen Lighting Designer Jack Knowles Sound Designer Mark Melville Cast Julie Hesmondhalgh

Preview Tickets £13 / £9

A love story, set on Preston Road, and also in space and in time. A man wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped. Through the crack in his bedroom curtains, he can see no signs of life at all... other than a light in the house opposite where a woman in an over-sized Bowie t-shirt stands, looking back at him... Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch), The Greatest Play... is squashed full of exquisite observation and heartbreaking beauty. tarafinney.com / @tara_finney / @rxtheatre / #GreatestPlay

Tickets Full price £20.50 Standard concession £15.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

PG

Note: Strictly no latecomers. Supported by Arts Council England.

Thu 2 Aug 1.45pm P

Fri 3 Aug 4.15pm

Sat 4 Aug 6.45pm

Sun 5 Aug 9.30pm

Mon 6 Aug

Tue 7 Aug 11am

Wed 8 Aug 1.30pm

Thu 9 Aug 4.15pm

Fri 10 Aug 6.45pm

Sat 11 Aug 9.30pm

Sun 12 Aug 11am

Mon 13 Aug

Tue 14 Aug 1.30pm

Wed 15 Aug 4.15pm

Thu 16 Aug 6.45pm

Fri 17 Aug 9.30pm

Sat 18 Aug 11am

Sun 19 Aug 1.30pm

Mon 20 Aug

Tue 21 Aug 4.15pm

Wed 22 Aug 6.45pm

Thu 23 Aug 9.30pm

Fri 24 Aug 11am

Sat 25 Aug 1.30pm

Sun 26 Aug 3.45pm

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UK PREMIERE ISEULT GOLDEN AND DAVID HORAN IN ASSOCIATION WITH ABBEY THEATRE

Image by Ros Kavanagh

CLASS

By Iseult Golden and David Horan FRI 3 – SUN 26 AUG Preview Thu 2 Aug Directors Iseult Golden and David Horan Designers Maree Kearns, Kevin Smith, Ivan Birthistle and Vincent Doherty Cast Stephen Jones, Sarah Morris, Will O’Connell A parent-teacher meeting goes very wrong in CLASS – a new play about learning difficulties: in school, in life, wherever. Brian and Donna’s son is nine years old and he’s struggling. That’s what his teacher says. Says he should see a psychologist. But Brian and Donna – recently separated – never liked school, never liked teachers. An explosive triple confrontation that is funny, heartbreaking and beautifully observed. With rave reviews and a sold-out run at the Abbey Theatre, CLASS is new Irish writing at its finest. @theplayisCLASS / #CLASSplay

Preview Tickets £13 / £9 Tickets Full price £20.50 Standard concession £15.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

PG

Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains strong language. Supported by Culture Ireland.

‘An inspired look at society through the prism of a parent-teacher meeting.’ SUNDAY TIMES IRELAND

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Thu 2 Aug 9.15pm P

Fri 3 Aug 11am

Sat 4 Aug 1.30pm

Sun 5 Aug 4pm

Mon 6 Aug

Tue 7 Aug 6.15pm

Wed 8 Aug 8.45pm

Thu 9 Aug 11am

Fri 10 Aug 1.30pm

Sat 11 Aug 4.15pm

Sun 12 Aug 6.15pm

Mon 13 Aug

Tue 14 Aug 8.45pm

Wed 15 Aug 11am

Thu 16 Aug 1.30pm

Fri 17 Aug 4.15pm

Sat 18 Aug 6.15pm

Sun 19 Aug 8.45pm

Mon 20 Aug

Tue 21 Aug 11am

Wed 22 Aug 1.30pm

Thu 23 Aug 4.15pm

Fri 24 Aug 6.15pm

Sat 25 Aug 8.45pm

Sun 26 Aug 11am


EUROPEAN PREMIERE CHINA PLATE AND AUDIBLE IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEW THEATRE ROYAL PORTSMOUTH

ON THE EXHALE By Martín Zimmerman FRI 3 – SUN 26 AUG Preview Thu 2 Aug Director Christopher Haydon Designer Frankie Bradshaw Lighting Designer Colin Grenfell Sound Designer Donato Wharton

Preview Tickets £13 / £9

Like a child, a weapon won’t be satisfied until it dominates your every thought. After a devastating school shooting, a woman develops an obsession that begins to take over every aspect of her existence. Martín Zimmerman’s ‘startlingly original’ (New York Times) play is a compulsive and visceral examination of American gun violence, directed by double Fringe First award-winner Christopher Haydon (Grounded, The Christians). chinaplatetheatre.com / @youroldchina / #OnTheExhale ‘Director Christopher Haydon precision-guides the show to a stratospheric level of theatrical intensity.’

Tickets Full price £20.50 Standard concession £15.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

14+

Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains strong language. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

TELEGRAPH ON GROUNDED Thu 2 Aug 4.15pm P

Fri 3 Aug 1.45pm

Sat 4 Aug 9.30pm

Sun 5 Aug 11am

Mon 6 Aug

Tue 7 Aug 1.30pm

Wed 8 Aug 3.45pm

Thu 9 Aug 6.45pm

Fri 10 Aug 9.15pm

Sat 11 Aug 11am

Sun 12 Aug 1.30pm

Mon 13 Aug

Tue 14 Aug 3.45pm

Wed 15 Aug 6.45pm

Thu 16 Aug 9.15pm

Fri 17 Aug 11am

Sat 18 Aug 1.30pm

Sun 19 Aug 3.45pm

Mon 20 Aug

Tue 21 Aug 6.45pm

Wed 22 Aug 9.15pm

Thu 23 Aug 11am

Fri 24 Aug 1.30pm

Sat 25 Aug 3.45pm

Sun 26 Aug 1.30pm

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WORLD PREMIERE DANTE OR DIE

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USER NOT FOUND By Dante or Die

SAT 4 – SUN 26 AUG Preview Fri 3 Aug Preview Tickets £13 / £9

Written by Chris Goode Director Daphna Attias Performed by Terry O’Donovan Creative Technology Design Marmelo Digital It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else? User Not Found is about our digital identities after we die. This new play by celebrated site-specific company Dante or Die and pioneering writer Chris Goode is performed in Jeelie Piece café. Through smartphones and headphones, you become a fly-onthe-wall as one man is faced with keeping or deleting. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection. danteordie.com / @danteordie / #UserNotFound An In Good Company commission. Funded by the International Music and Art Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.

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Tickets Full price £20.50 Standard concession £15.50 Under 30s / Students £15 Other concession £9.50 No Monday performances See Booking tickets page for full pricing info JP

16+

Traverse @ Jeelie Piece Café 12 Leven Street , Edinburgh EH3 9LG Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains some strong language and audience interaction. All performances are captioned.

Fri 3 Aug 8pm P

Sat 4 Aug 8pm

Sun 5 Aug 8pm

Mon 6 Aug

Tue 7 Aug 8pm

Wed 8 Aug 8pm

Thu 9 Aug 8pm

Fri 10 Aug 8pm

Sat 11 Aug 8pm

Sun 12 Aug 8pm

Mon 13 Aug

Tue 14 Aug 8pm

Wed 15 Aug 8pm

Thu 16 Aug 8pm

Fri 17 Aug 8pm

Sat 18 Aug 8pm

Sun 19 Aug 8pm

Mon 20 Aug

Tue 21 Aug 8pm

Wed 22 Aug 8pm

Thu 23 Aug 8pm

Fri 24 Aug 8pm

Sat 25 Aug 8pm

Sun 26 Aug 8pm


THEATRE UNCUT

THEATRE UNCUT: WOMEN ON POWER MON 6 & MON 13 AUG, 10AM Directors Emma Callander and Hannah Price Writers include Vivienne Franzmann, Sabrina Mahfouz, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Cordelia Lynn

Tickets Full price £8 Concession £6

The multi-award-winning political agitators are back at the Traverse with a morning of outstanding new writing and fiery debate.

See Booking tickets page for full pricing info

Join the Theatre Uncut team as they present their brand new collection of plays, The Power Plays, written by some of the UK’s most dynamic female voices, exploring the theme of power.

TB

PG

Note: Contains some strong language.

They will also be joined by inspiring guests from across the festival to discuss this historic moment in gender politics as the Women’s Marches, #TimesUp and #MeToo rock the world. theatreuncut.com / @theatreuncut / #PowerPlays ‘Theatre Uncut isn’t just a performance, it’s an idea: that theatre can be immediately responsive to world events, engender discussion and effect change.’ THE GUARDIAN

‘If you want to see 21st century live theatre at the raw peak of its powers, doing exactly what it does best, then head to the Traverse Bar, grab a seat on a sofa or bar stool, and just revel in the sheer improvisatory brilliance and eloquence of Theatre Uncut.’ THE SCOTSMAN

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WILDFIRE THEATRE

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PROJECT #1 MON 20 AUG, 8PM The first project from brand new Edinburgh-based company Wildfire Theatre returns to the Traverse. Formed by Molly Innes, Pauline Lockhart, Wendy Seager and Natalie ArleToyne, Wildfire Theatre aims to change the perceptions and expectations of working class women. Molly, Pauline, Wendy and Natalie booked community centres all over Edinburgh, distributed flyers, and sat and waited. Through the door came women with the most amazing stories, passionate and brave women willing to share their writing for the first time. With an email inbox bursting with new scripts from unlikely storytellers, Wildfire was born. Project #1 brings two of those voices, Frances McCann and Claire McCracken, to the Traverse stage. A selection of their work will be presented as performed readings. wildfiretheatre.co.uk ‘The writing is as fresh and exciting as the company’s ambitions, and the four founders/performers have the talent, experience and commitment to see it through.’ EDINBURGH GUIDE

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Tickets Full price £7 Concession £5 See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

14+

Note: Strictly no latecomers. Contains some strong language. Developed with support from the Traverse Theatre, the University of Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council.


IN CONVERSATION AT THE TRAVERSE: LIVE PODCAST EVENTS MON 13 & MON 20 AUG A unique opportunity to join two celebrated artists, as they talk about their lives, work and what it means to create theatre today. Hosted by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, both events will be recorded live for a new podcast series.

WITH JULIE HESMONDHALGH

Mon 13 Aug, 6pm

Tickets Full price £8 Concession £6 See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T1

WITH MARK THOMAS

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Sponsored by Spotlight

Mon 20 Aug, 6pm

TRAVERSE THEATRE AND SPOTLIGHT PRESENT

TRAVERSE OPEN WORKSHOPS

Free workshops from leading artists currently working with the Traverse, for those looking to develop their performance skills. Mon 13 Aug & Mon 20 Aug

CAST OPEN: A SPOTLIGHT DISCUSSION

How can the industry change the conversation around casting? Join the Traverse Artistic Team, Spotlight Executives and key UK producing theatre companies, to be part of a discussion focusing on opening up access across UK stages. Mon 20 Aug, 10am

Free but ticketed. Booking opens Mon 16 Jul. For more info please visit traverse.co.uk

spotlight.com marketing@spotlight.com @SpotlightUK facebook.com/spotlightuk

Spotlight connects performers with roles in theatre, television and film productions. Casting professionals choose Spotlight to cast their projects because performers on Spotlight are recognised as the industry’s best. With studios in London’s famous West End, Dublin’s stylish Smithfields and a team of people across Europe, Spotlight is at the heart of the performing arts industry.

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PLAYWRIGHTS’ STUDIO, SCOTLAND AND MADE IN SCOTLAND

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TALKFEST 2018 MON 6 & MON 13 AUG Delve deeper into what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh festival with these fun, engaging discussions. Each lively session is chaired by a leading playwright or theatre-maker.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

Chaired by Lynda Radley Mon 6 Aug, 2.30pm What are the challenges of making visual theatre that doesn’t begin with a traditional play – or even written text?

GENTLEMEN, I JUST DON’T BELONG HERE

Chaired by Sarah Rose Graber Mon 6 Aug, 5pm With movements like the Everyday Sexism Project, #MeToo and events like No Grey Area, is the power balance in theatre beginning to shift, and representation becoming more inclusive?

LOST (AND FOUND) IN TRANSLATION

Chaired by Alan McKendrick Mon 13 Aug, 2.30pm A provocative discussion about the power and potential of new work in translation, adaptation and different languages.

LET THEM LEAD THE WAY

Chaired by Jenny Knotts Mon 13 Aug, 5pm From the evolution of youth theatre into brave new forms, to innovative plays written by, for and about young people, what does the Year of Young People 2018 mean for young(er) theatre-makers? playwrightsstudio.co.uk / @Pwrightsstudio / #TalkFest2018

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Tickets £5 See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

16+

Note: Strictly no latecomers Part of the Made in Scotland showcase 2018 madeinscotlandshowcase.com


WORLD PREMIERE THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH AND PLAYWRIGHTS’ STUDIO, SCOTLAND

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PRE-VIEW

By Erica Mack, Felix Maxwell, Madison Pollack, Derek Roland MON 6 & MON 13 AUG, 7.30PM Four readings from brand new plays. Rebecca’s ghost rises from its casket, worried that her mother will be furious with her for coming home late. Ia’s husband has been invited to the castle to share his ‘gift’ of second sight with Lady Seaforth. Jealous, she seeks visions of her own. Edward and Richard, two young princes imprisoned in the Tower of London, act out their father’s final battle at Tewkesbury, which won him the throne.

Tickets Full price £7 Concession £5 See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

16+

Note: Strictly no latecomers

Jillian’s first conceptual art exhibition, featuring rocks painted as animals, accidentally triggers a civil war. Extracts are performed as readings by professional actors. These brand new playwrights from the USA and UK are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh. ed.ac.uk / @EdinburghUni playwrightsstudio.co.uk / @Pwrightsstudio

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THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH IN ASSOCIATION WITH PLAYWRIGHTS’ STUDIO, SCOTLAND AND TRAVERSE THEATRE

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JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE FOR DRAMA 2018: THE AWARD CEREMONY MON 20 AUG, 4PM Join the playwrights nominated for this prestigious prize for an afternoon of new plays, culminating in the winner bring revealed. The James Tait Black Prize for Drama celebrates innovative drama produced worldwide. The £10,000 prize is awarded to the play that most clearly demonstrates an original voice and makes a significant contribution to the artform. Extracts from the three plays shortlisted will be performed by a professional cast, followed by thought-provoking discussions with the playwrights about their work. Last year, David Ireland’s tragicomedy Cyprus Avenue, which explored the extremes of sectarianism in Northern Ireland, was the fifth play to win the accolade. Previous winners: Iphigenia In Splott by Gary Owen; Tomorrow Come Today by Gordon Dahlquist; Cannibals by Rory Mullarkey; and The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price. The James Tait Black Prizes are part of Britain’s oldest book prizes – which were founded in 1919 – and awarded by the oldest centre for English Literature in the world at the University of Edinburgh. The University has led the award since 2012, when the new category to celebrate playwriting was introduced. ed.ac.uk / @EdinburghUni playwrightsstudio.co.uk / @Pwrightsstudio

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Tickets Full price £7 Concession £5 See Booking tickets page for full pricing info T2

16+

Note: Strictly no latecomers


Come in!

is a refusal to pull the To resource an open submissions policy who didn’t go to a school ind, ladder up on those writers coming beh o don’t have a relative where playwrights came to do talks, wh writers’ course – Open in the sector, who can’t afford to do a rors of privileged mediocrity. Submissions will save us from the hor

TIM PRICE, PLAYWRIGHT, TRAVERSE ASSOCIATE ARTIST

As Scotland’s only theatre wholly dedicated to new writing, we strive to discover, nurture and produce the brightest new voices across Scotland, the UK and Ireland. Open Submissions connects us with new work and new writers; it is the first step of a creative and fruitful journey from page to stage. We are open to new, innovative ideas, and we would like to hear from all writers with a bold and brilliant story to tell. A story that could only be told on the Traverse stages. Five of the most vital and bold plays submitted will receive dramaturgical support and development by the

Traverse’s artistic team, and will be presented as part of a festival of new writing in 2019. We particularly encourage submissions from voices and communities which are under-represented in theatre – both onstage and off. Provoke us, entice us, move us and tell us your story. Come in, we are open. Submissions will be open from 1 August to 30 September 2018. For guidelines and details of how to submit your play, please visit traverse.co.uk Supported by

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EATING EATING & DRINKING & DRINKING

RESERVATIONS & HIRES RESERVATIONS

Please contact us & 228 HIRES on 0131 5383 Please contact us on 0131 228 5383

TRAVERSE BAR

TRAVERSE COFFEE

Craft beers & ciders Spirits & wines

Barista-made coffee Healthy snacks & sweet treats Fresh soup, hot food, salads & sandwiches

Seasonal food menu available including homemade snacks, burgers, sharing platters & salads Mon to Sun, 9am to late Menu: Mon to Sun, 9am to 10pm

Mon to Fri, 7.30am to 5pm Sat and Sun, 8am to 5pm

We offer free Wi-Fi and are proud to be dog-friendly! By choosing the Traverse Coffee Shop and Bar you are supporting our theatre’s year-round work.

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ACCESS Copies of this brochure and an access guide are available in large print and audio formats from the Traverse Box Office. ACCESS – THE BUILDING

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

Please mention when booking if you require lift access to Traverse 1 or Traverse 2, and make yourself known to Front of House staff on arrival.

BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCES

From the Cambridge Street entrance there is level access to the Box Office. There is lift access to the Bar Café and theatres, and adapted toilets on the Box Office and Bar Café levels. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome.

COMPANION SERVICE

Artlink offers a companion service for people who have difficulty attending performances on their own. For more information, please phone 0131 229 3555 or visit artlinkedinburgh.co.uk

WHEELCHAIR USERS

There are wheelchair spaces available in both theatres – please reserve when making your booking. Easily accessible seating can be reserved for audience members who prefer to transfer from a wheelchair to a seat.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

If you would like to use any of the following services, please let the Box Office know at the time of booking and make yourself known to the Front of House team on arrival, as they will be expecting you.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES

The actors' words appear on a display unit (or units) placed on the set or next to the stage at the same time as they are spoken or sung.

Audio description is a way of communicating the visual elements of a production for visually impaired audience members. Information is relayed as a live commentary to a personal headset. Please collect this from a member of the Front of House team from 30 minutes before the performance. An interpreter stands at the side of the stage and interprets dialogue, songs and sound effects for deaf audience members.

HEARING ENHANCEMENT

Hearing enhancement supplies amplified sound to a personal headset. Please collect this from a member of the Front of House team from 30 minutes before the performance. This service is suitable for audience members with low to moderate hearing loss and can be used in conjunction with existing hearing aids.

RELAXED PERFORMANCES

Relaxed Performances are created for anyone who may benefit from a more relaxed environment when visiting the theatre. Some changes will be made to the presentation of the play and audience members can exit/enter the auditorium as they wish. For more details on how a production has been adapted for Relaxed Performance, please contact a member of our Box Office Team.

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a ll This belief fuels the Traverse. It is why we continue to uncover bold and exciting new talent through projects like Open Submissions, inspiring curious communities and ensuring that theatre remains a place for everyone to join – or start – the conversation.

The door is open. Come in, take part and help us make the Traverse a thriving home for creativity. Whatever amount you choose to give, as a registered Scottish charity (SC002368), every donation makes a difference.

SUPPORT US Text TRAV16 £3 to 70070 to donate £3 today* Visit our website at traverse.co.uk/supporting Call our Box Office on 0131 228 1404 If you would like to find out more about supporting the Traverse Theatre, please contact Ellen Gledhill, Development Manager, at ellen.gledhill@traverse.co.uk or call 0131 228 3223. *Text donation service provided by JustTextGiving. 100% of every donation goes direct to the Traverse Theatre.

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Traverse Theatre (Scotland) is a Limited Company (SC076037) and a Scottish Charity (SC002368) with its registered office at 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED.


WITH THANKS The Traverse Theatre would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their significant contribution to our work all year round.

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS Emma Callander Rob Drummond Gary McNair Morna Pearson Tim Price Stef Smith

Writer in Residence, Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Adura Onashile IASH/Traverse Theatre Creative Fellow Frances Poet Thanks to all Traverse permanent and seasonal staff.

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

The Traverse Theatre works in synergy with partners and collaborators, including: A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór BBC Writersroom British Council Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Culture Ireland CodeBase Dance Base Dive Queer Party Doosan Arts Centre, Seoul Edinburgh College Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh International Science Festival Edinburgh Lighting and Sound School Federation of Scottish Theatre Hidden Door Festival HighTide

Imaginate / Edinburgh International Children’s Festival Leith Theatre Trust Luminate manipulate / Puppet Animation Scotland National Theatre of Great Britain National Theatre of Scotland Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Queen Margaret University RAGE Theatre, Mumbai Raw Material Red Bridge Arts Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Soundhouse Spotlight Theatre Uncut Tron Theatre University of Edinburgh Wildfire Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

The Traverse Theatre extends grateful thanks to all those who generously support our work, including those who prefer their support to remain anonymous.

TRAVERSE THEATRE SUPPORTERS

Diamond Platinum Gold Silver Bronze

Alan & Penny Barr, Katie Bradford Angus McLeod, Iain Millar, David Rodgers Carola Bronte-Stewart, Helen Pitkethly Bridget M. Stevens, Allan Wilson, Judy & Steve Barbara Cartwright, Alex Oliver & Duncan Stephen

FESTIVAL PARTNER Spotlight

PRODUCTION SUPPORTERS Allander Print Cotterell & Co Narcissus Flowers Paterson SA Hairdressing

TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS

Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative Bòrd na Gàidhlig British Council: UK/India 2017 The Cross Trust Edinburgh Airport Community Board The Educational Institute of Scotland The Evelyn Drysdale Charitable Trust The Foyle Foundation The Fidelio Charitable Trust The JMK Trust Ponton House Trust The RKT Harris Charitable Trust The Robert Haldane Smith Charitable Foundation The Russell Trust The Santander Foundation The Souter Charitable Trust Teale Charitable Trust The Turtleton Charitable Trust WCH Trust for Children

Brochure design everyonelovescake.co.uk

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12 Leven Street Edinburgh, EH3 9LG

Buses Lothian Bus services on Lothian Road.

1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 22, 24, 25, 30, 34, 36, 47, N8, N16, N22, N30, N31, N34, X25. Luggage The Traverse is unable to store large or oversized bags. Items of luggage can not be taken into the theatres. If you have items you wish to leave, we advise using the Left Luggage facility at Waverley Station.

Trains Nearest stations are Waverley Train Station and Haymarket Train Station. Car Parking Four blue badge bays on Cambridge Street.

A short distance from Castle Terrace Car Park. Pay & Display on-street parking in surrounding streets. Taxis Drop off point at main entrance to Traverse Theatre. A short distance from Lothian Road taxi rank, outside Sheraton Hotel.

traverse.co.uk 0131 228 1404

@traversetheatre #TravFest18

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2018 Traverse Festival brochure | Traverse Theatre  

The best new writing and boldest stories are part of the 2018 Traverse Festival. Find out more online at traverse.co.uk

2018 Traverse Festival brochure | Traverse Theatre  

The best new writing and boldest stories are part of the 2018 Traverse Festival. Find out more online at traverse.co.uk

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