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FESTIVAL 2015

7 – 30 AUGUST


Booking tickets

In person

Exchanges and Returns Service (Fees Apply) Tickets may be exchanged within the same run of the same show, subject to availability. For sold out shows, tickets may be re-sold on your behalf by the Traverse Box Office. These are additional services which incur a £1 per ticket administration fee, with a maximum fee of £5.

10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED

By phone

0131 228 1404

Online

www.traverse.co.uk

Latecomers

Box Office Opening Times

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in plenty of time for the start of the performance.

Festival hours (1 – 30 August) Daily from 1 hour before first performance, until start time of final performance.

The Traverse Theatre does not charge a booking or transaction fee. Tickets can be collected free of charge from the Box Office, or can be posted 2nd class at a cost of £1 per booking transaction. The postage service is available until 22 July 2015.

Standard hours (June & July) Mon – Sat 10am-6pm

Group Bookings

To arrange a group booking, please email groups@traverse.co.uk. Groups receive one complimentary ticket for every 10 tickets bought (i.e. 11th ticket free). Valid on concessions, subject to availability.

Ticket Prices & Fees

Concession Tickets

To arrange a school booking or for more information, please email schools@traverse.co.uk

Standard Concessions are available for: • Students • Under 18s • Over 60s • People with disabilities • YoungScot Cardholders • Members of Entertainment Unions

Refunds

Other Concessions

School Bookings

Tickets can only be refunded in the event of a show cancellation or change to performance date and time.

• Unemployed (Proof of current Job Seekers

Allowance or Employment Support Allowance must be shown) • Schools (See School Bookings) Exclusions or conditions may apply to all discounts. Please check with the Box Office when booking.

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Traverse 1

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@traversetheatre 0131 228 1404 www.traverse.co.uk

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Traverse Foyer Meeting Point


Welcome to the Traverse Festival 2015 Orla O'Loughlin & Linda Crooks Image by Eoin Carey

“The Traverse remains the best new writing theatre in Britain.” THE GUARDIAN

Edinburgh. The only place to be in August. For one magical month, our city is the brightest light within the arts world. And at its very heart is the Traverse Theatre with its exciting, curated programme of world class theatre. Theatre that has the power to fill your heart, challenge your mind and feed your soul. The Traverse Festival 2015 programme explores timely yet timeless ideas: Love. Reinvention. Morality. And the possibility of what tomorrow may hold. We warmly welcome some of the finest and most innovative theatre companies and

writers around, and proudly present their work alongside three of our own Traverse Theatre Company productions – Swallow by Stef Smith, Crash by Andy Duffy and the ever popular programme of Traverse Breakfast Plays, this year curated by Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris. Edinburgh. The Traverse. The only place to be this August. Come and join us, and see the future. Orla O'Loughlin (Artistic Director & Joint CEO) Linda Crooks (Executive Producer & Joint CEO)


WORLD PREMIERE TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

SWALLOW By Stef Smith


9 – 30 August

Previews P Fri 7 Aug (7pm) Sat 8 Aug (10.30am)

Previews 7 & 8 August Director Orla O'Loughlin Designer Fred Meller Lighting Designer Philip Gladwell Composer/Sound Designer Danny Krass

Preview ticket price £14/£8 concession Dates Sun 9 – Sun 30 Aug

“Who said smashing things up was a bad thing?” Three strangers are about to face their demons head on. Balanced precariously on a tipping point, they might just be able to save one another. If they can only overcome their urge to self-destruct. Passionate, painful and playful, this world premiere takes a long hard look at the extremes of modern life. Questions of identity, heartbreak and hope are explored with soaring, poetic intensity. Swallow is a powerful new play from Olivier Award-winner Stef Smith whose impressive track-record includes her text for Roadkill (Traverse Festival, 2010 and 2011). Directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, acclaimed for recent Festival hits Spoiling and Ciara, Swallow features original music by rising star, singer/songwriter LAWholt, long-time collaborator with the Mercury Prize-winning Young Fathers. www.traverse.co.uk / @traversetheatre www.madeinscotland.com

Tickets Full price £20 Standard concession £15 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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14+

Access British Sign Language Sat 22 Aug, 7.30pm Audio Described Sat 22 Aug, 7.30pm Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2015. Note: Contains some strong language and sexual descriptions.

“… one of Scotland’s most talked about young playwrights… Smith’s work is smart and thoughtful, with no shortage of substance.”

Supported by Creative Scotland and Made in Scotland.

The Scotsman

“… an unusual, prodigious talent.” DJ Magazine (on LAWholt)

“O'Loughlin, as director, navigates a skilful path... Compelling quality drama.”

The Independent (on the Herald Angel, Fringe First, CATS Award-winning Ciara)

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Fri 7 Aug 7pm P

Sat 8 Aug 10.30am P

Sun 9 Aug 2pm

Mon 10 Aug

Tue 11 Aug 7pm

Wed 12 Aug 9.15pm

Thu 13 Aug 10.30am

Fri 14 Aug 1.15pm

Sat 15 Aug 3.45pm

Sun 16 Aug 7.15pm

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 10pm

Wed 19 Aug 10.30am

Thu 20 Aug 1.30pm

Fri 21 Aug 4pm

Sat 22 Aug 7.30pm

Sun 23 Aug 9.45pm

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 10.30am

Wed 26 Aug 1.30pm

Thu 27 Aug 4pm

Fri 28 Aug 7.30pm

Sat 29 Aug 9.45pm

Sun 30 Aug 10.30am Image by Shutterstock


TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

Crash

By Andy Duffy


7 – 30 August

Previews P Sat 1 Aug (7pm) Thu 6 Aug (11.15am)

Previews 1 & 6 August

Director Emma Callander Cast Jamie Michie

Preview ticket price £12/£8 concession

“Everything that happens is created by you.” Confidence is everything in the world of high finance. Confidence in yourself, confidence in the market. Lose that and you lose everything. Crash is the story of an enigmatic trader attempting to rebuild his life following a tragic event. As he takes the first tentative steps back into the brutal landscape of trading stocks, he feels the pressure begin to build. In the continuing wake of the financial crisis, Scottish writer Andy Duffy creates a rare and poetic insight into the psychology of a banker's world. Directed by award-winning Traverse Associate Artist Emma Callander. www.traverse.co.uk @traversetheatre

Dates Fri 7 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

T2

14+

Access British Sign Language Fri 21 Aug, 6.45pm Audio Described Fri 21 Aug, 6.45pm First produced in collaboration with A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Autumn 2014.

“An intense, troubling and beautifully-shaped piece of writing from one of Scotland’s most exciting new playwrights.” The Scotsman

Note: Contains some strong language and violent description. Supported by Creative Scotland.

“A compelling tour de force". The Herald

Sat 1 Aug 7pm P

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Thu 6 Aug 11.15am P

Fri 7 Aug 1.45pm

Sat 8 Aug 4.30pm

Sun 9 Aug 6.45pm

Mon 10 Aug

Tue 11 Aug 8.45pm

Wed 12 Aug 11.15am

Thu 13 Aug 1.45pm

Fri 14 Aug 4.30pm

Sat 15 Aug 6.30pm

Sun 16 Aug 8.45pm

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 11.15am

Wed 19 Aug 1.45pm

Thu 20 Aug 4.30pm

Fri 21 Aug 6.45pm

Sat 22 Aug 9pm

Sun 23 Aug 11.15am

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 1.45pm

Wed 26 Aug 4.30pm

Thu 27 Aug 6.45pm

Fri 28 Aug 9pm

Sat 29 Aug 11.15am

Sun 30 Aug 1.45pm Image by Emma Quinn


WORLD PREMIERE TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

Traverse Breakfast Plays: (in search of) Tomorrow


18 – 30 August This year's Traverse Breakfast Plays are truly international. In an increasingly complex and fragmented world, the Traverse has commissioned six leading playwrights living and working across the globe to respond to the word ‘Tomorrow’. Each of these plays is untested and brand new. Together, they will reflect something of the different views and visions of the future from playwrights around the world. The responses might be terrifying, alarming or full of hope. The writers come from China, Ukraine, Egypt, Scotland, Turkey and Canada.

Dates Tue 18 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets £14 (includes tea or coffee and a breakfast roll)

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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14+

Supported by Creative Scotland.

Come and see these script-in-hand readings and enjoy a breakfast roll with tea or coffee. Tue 18 & Tue 25 Aug - Nick Rongjun Yu, China Wed 19 & Wed 26 Aug - Natalia Vorozhbyt, Ukraine Thur 20 & Thur 27 Aug - Linda McLean, Scotland Fri 21 & Fri 28 Aug - Berkun Oya, Turkey Sat 22 & Sat 29 Aug - Laila Soliman, Egypt Sun 23 & Sun 30 Aug - François Archambault, Canada The season is curated by Traverse Associate Director Zinnie Harris, and the readings are directed by Zinnie, Orla O'Loughlin (Artistic Director, Traverse Theatre) and Laurie Sansom (Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland).

Left to right: Berkun Oya, François Archambault, Linda McLean, Laila Soliman, Natalia Vorozhbyt, Nick Rongjun Yu

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 9am

Wed 19 Aug 9am

Thu 20 Aug 9am

Fri 21 Aug 9am

Sat 22 Aug 9am

Sun 23 Aug 9am

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 9am

Wed 26 Aug 9am

Thu 27 Aug 9am

Fri 28 Aug 9am

Sat 29 Aug 9am

Sun 30 Aug 9am Image by Getty Images


UK PREMIERE GATE THEATRE, LONDON

The Christians By Lucas Hnath

9 – 30 August

Preview P Mon 3 Aug (7pm) Sat 8 Aug (5pm)

Previews 3 & 8 August

Director Christopher Haydon Designer Oliver Townsend Lighting Designer Mark Howland Sound Designer Elena Peña Video Designer Iona Firouzabadi

Preview ticket price £14/£8 concession

For the last twenty years, Pastor Paul has been building his church. Starting in a modest storefront, he now presides over a flock of thousands. Idolised by his followers, today should be a day for joy and celebration. But the sermon that Paul is about to preach will shake the very foundations of his followers’ beliefs. As fractures spread throughout his congregation, Paul must fight to prevent his church from tearing itself apart. A remarkable exploration of faith and community in the modern world, featuring a community choir, and asking profound questions about what we believe and why. From the team that brought you 2013’s festival hit, Grounded, with a cast including William Gaminara, Jaye Griffiths and Lucy Ellinson.

Dates Sun 9 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £20 Standard concession £15 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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The Gate is publically funded by Arts Council England. The Jerwood Young Designers Programme at the Gate is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The Christians is supported by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

www.gatetheatre.co.uk / @gatetheatre / #TheChristians Mon 3 Aug 7pm P

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Sat 8 Aug 5pm P

Sun 9 Aug 8.15pm

Mon 10 Aug

Tue 11 Aug 1.30pm

Wed 12 Aug 4pm

Thu 13 Aug 6.30pm

Fri 14 Aug 9.15pm

Sat 15 Aug 10.30am

Sun 16 Aug 1.45pm

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 7.15pm

Wed 19 Aug 6.30pm

Thu 20 Aug 9.30pm

Fri 21 Aug 10.30am

Sat 22 Aug 1.45pm

Sun 23 Aug 4pm

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 6.30pm

Wed 26 Aug 9.30pm

Thu 27 Aug 10.30am

Fri 28 Aug 1.45pm

Sat 29 Aug 4pm

Sun 30 Aug 6.30pm Image by Champion


TIM CROUCH

An Oak Tree By Tim Crouch

9 – 16 August

Preview P Tue 4 Aug (7pm) Sat 8 Aug (8.30pm)

Previews 4 & 8 August

Co-directors Karl James & Andy Smith Cast Tim Crouch & Guests

Preview ticket price £14/£8 concession

Man turns tree into girl. An intricate story of loss and suggestion performed by the playwright himself and a different second actor at each performance – an actor who has neither seen nor read a word of the play until they’re in it. This ground-breaking Obie and Herald Angel Award-winning production is by one of the UK’s most original theatre-makers. It opened at the Traverse ten years ago and has since played over 300 times, with over 300 different actors.

Dates Sun 9 – Sun 16 Aug Tickets Full price £20 Standard concession £15 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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12+

www.timcrouchtheatre.co.uk @timcrouch1964 “Nobody does it quite like Tim Crouch. He’s an experimental theatremaker unto himself; exceptionally intelligent, quiet and deadpan, barely acting, weirdly gripping... This is a piece about the power of suggestion, control and loss of control...” Independent on Sunday

Mon 3 Aug

Tue 4 Aug 7pm P

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Fri 7 Aug

Sat 8 Aug 8.30pm P

Sun 9 Aug 10.30am

Mon 10 Aug

Tue 11 Aug 4.15pm

Wed 12 Aug 6.45pm

Thu 13 Aug 9.15pm

Fri 14 Aug 10.30am

Sat 15 Aug 1.15pm

Sun 16 Aug 4.30pm Image by Julia Collins


VANISHING POINT / BRIGHTON FESTIVAL / TRAMWAY (GLASGOW) / CENA CONTEMPORÂNEA (BRASILIA)

Tomorrow

Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton

12 – 30 August

Preview P Tue 11 Aug (10.30am)

Preview 11 August

Preview ticket price £14/£8 concession

Designer Jamie Harrison Lighting Designer Kai Fischer Music & Sound Designer Mark Melville Text Pamela Carter, with the Company Costume Designer Jessica Brettle

Dates Wed 12 – Sun 30 Aug

A major international co-production, Tomorrow is a profound, stunningly original meditation on needing care and needing to care. A young man suddenly finds himself in an alarmingly unfamiliar place, where everyone has his best interests at heart but he is not allowed to leave. Vanishing Point is ‘one of the UK’s most singular theatre companies' (The Guardian), internationally acclaimed for its unique and innovative creations. www.vanishing-point.org / @VPointTheatreCo www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com “This show is unforgettable... a level of artistry that leaves audiences almost breathless, and often moved to tears.” The Scotsman “Brutally beautiful and makes you shiver.” The Guardian

Tickets Full price £20 Standard concession £15 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

T1

12+

Access British Sign Language Wed 26 Aug, 6.45pm Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2015. Supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Made in Scotland.

Mon 10 Aug

Tue 11 Aug 10.30am P

Wed 12 Aug 1.15pm

Thu 13 Aug 3.45pm

Fri 14 Aug 6.30pm

Sat 15 Aug 9pm

Sun 16 Aug 11am

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 4.30pm

Wed 19 Aug 3.45pm

Thu 20 Aug 6.45pm

Fri 21 Aug 9.15pm

Sat 22 Aug 11am

Sun 23 Aug 1.15pm

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 3.45pm

Wed 26 Aug 6.45pm

Thu 27 Aug 9.15pm

Fri 28 Aug 11am

Sat 29 Aug 1.15pm

Sun 30 Aug 3.45pm

Image by Humberto Araujo


THE CORN EXCHANGE IN ASSOCIATION WITH CUSACK PROJECTS LTD

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

By Eimear McBride Adapted for the stage by Annie Ryan

9 – 30 August

Preview P Thu 6 Aug (7pm) Sat 8 Aug (1.30pm)

Previews 6 & 8 August

Director Annie Ryan Cast Aoife Duffin Music & Sound Designer Mel Mercier Set Designer Lian Bell Costume Designer Katie Crowley Lighting Designer Sinéad Wallace

Preview ticket price £14/£8 concession Dates Sun 9 – Sun 30 Aug

The Corn Exchange, makers of festival hits Man of Valour, Freefall and Dublin By Lamplight, return to the Traverse with this astonishing portrayal of an Irish girl trying to make sense of her fractured childhood. Rebellious and unrelenting, Aoife Duffin performs with an urgency and honesty that is electrifying.

Tickets Full price £20 Standard concession £15 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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www.cornexchange.ie / @Thecornexchange

18+

Note: Contains violent and sexually explicit material, including strong language.

“One of the best adaptations of a novel you are likely to see.” The Sunday Times

“Aoife Duffin’s powerhouse performance is a festival triumph.” The Observer’s Top Ten Performances of 2014

Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council. International Touring is supported by Culture Ireland.

Mon 3 Aug

Tue 4 Aug

Wed 5 Aug

Thu 6 Aug 7pm P

Fri 7 Aug

Sat 8 Aug 1.30pm P

Sun 9 Aug 5pm

Mon 10 Aug

Tue 11 Aug 9.30pm

Wed 12 Aug 10.30am

Thu 13 Aug 1pm

Fri 14 Aug 3.45pm

Sat 15 Aug 6.15pm

Sun 16 Aug 9.45pm

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 1.45pm

Wed 19 Aug 1pm

Thu 20 Aug 4pm

Fri 21 Aug 6.30pm

Sat 22 Aug 10pm

Sun 23 Aug 10.30am

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 1pm

Wed 26 Aug 4pm

Thu 27 Aug 6.30pm

Fri 28 Aug 10pm

Sat 29 Aug 10.30am

Sun 30 Aug 1pm

Image by Richie Gilligan


WORLD PREMIERE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND & LIVE THEATRE

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Based on The Sopranos by Alan Warner, adapted by Lee Hall

19 – 30 August

Preview P Tue 18 Aug (10.30am)

Preview 18 August

Preview ticket price £14/£8 concession

Director Vicky Featherstone Designer Chloe Lamford Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell Music Supervisor Martin Lowe Catholic schoolgirls go wild! The choir trip to the capital goes badly wrong. Funny, sad and raucously rude. A play about singing, sex and sambuca. Six girls on the cusp of change. Love, lust, pregnancy and death all spiral out of control in a single day. A musical play about losing your virginity and finding yourself. Director Vicky Featherstone and Billy Elliot author, Lee Hall, create a tribute to being young, lost and out of control. www.nationaltheatrescotland.com / www.live.org.uk / #ourladies “The National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) has emerged as an iconic 21st-century institution, born of the times we live in.” The Scotsman

Dates Wed 19 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £20 Standard concession £15 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

T1

16+

Access Captioned Thu 27 Aug, 1.15pm BSL and Audio Described Sat 29 Aug, 6.45pm Note: Contains adult themes and strong language.

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 10.30am P

Wed 19 Aug 9.30pm

Thu 20 Aug 10.30am

Fri 21 Aug 1.15pm

Sat 22 Aug 4.30pm

Sun 23 Aug 6.45pm

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 9.15pm

Wed 26 Aug 10.30am

Thu 27 Aug 1.15pm

Fri 28 Aug 4.30pm

Sat 29 Aug 6.45pm

Sun 30 Aug 9.15pm Image by Peter Dibdin


EUROPEAN AND UK PREMIERE BRYONY KIMMINGS LTD, SOHO THEATRE AND AVALON PROMOTIONS

Fake it 'til you Make it By Bryony Kimmings & Tim Grayburn

7 – 30 August

Preview P Thu 6 Aug (1.30pm)

Preview 6 August

Preview ticket price £12/£8 concession

Director Bryony Kimmings Designers David Curtis Ring & Amelia J Hankin Composer Tom Parkinson Cast Bryony Kimmings & Tim Grayburn Six months into their relationship, Bryony found out that Tim suffered from severe clinical depression. This was a secret Tim had kept for a very long time. Fake it ‘til you Make it is Edinburgh Fringe First winner Bryony Kimmings’ new work about clinical depression and men, made in collaboration with her partner Tim, who works in advertising. A wickedly warming, brutally honest and powerfully heartbreaking show about the wonders of the human brain, being in love and what it takes to be a "real man". www.bryonykimmings.com / @bryonykimmings www.sohotheatre.com / @sohotheatre

Dates Fri 7 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

T2

14+

Access British Sign Language Sun 23 Aug, 1.30pm

Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015. Note: Contains strong language and adult themes (particularly around suicide).

“Bold, brave and very brilliant.” The Independent

Commissioned by Southbank Centre and Theatre Works with Soho Theatre. Produced by Soho Theatre. Supported by DanceXchange, Arts Council England, Peggy Ramsay Foundation and donations made by the brilliant people on Kickstarter.

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Thu 6 Aug 1.30pm P

Fri 7 Aug 4pm

Sat 8 Aug 6.45pm

Sun 9 Aug 9pm

Mon 10 Aug

Tue 11 Aug 11.15am

Wed 12 Aug 1.30pm

Thu 13 Aug 4pm

Fri 14 Aug 6.45pm

Sat 15 Aug 8.45pm

Sun 16 Aug 11.15am

Mon 17 Aug

Tue 18 Aug 1.30pm

Wed 19 Aug 4pm

Thu 20 Aug 7pm

Fri 21 Aug 9pm

Sat 22 Aug 11.15am

Sun 23 Aug 1.30pm

Mon 24 Aug

Tue 25 Aug 4pm

Wed 26 Aug 7pm

Thu 27 Aug 9pm

Fri 28 Aug 11.15am

Sat 29 Aug 1.30pm

Sun 30 Aug 4pm

Image by Richard Davenport


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Diary

SATURDAY 1st AUGUST - SUNDAY 9th AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Saturday 1 August Crash (7pm)

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Monday 3 August The Christians (7pm)

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Tuesday 4 August An Oak Tree (7pm)

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Thursday 6 August A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (7pm)

Crash (11.15am) P Fake it ‘til you Make it (1.30pm) P How to Keep an Alien (3.45pm) P Pardon/In Cuffs (6.15pm) P A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (9pm)

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Friday 7 August Swallow (7pm)

A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (11.15am) Crash (1.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (4pm) How to Keep an Alien (6.15pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (8.45pm)

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Saturday 8 August Swallow (10.30am) P A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (1.30pm) The Christians (5pm) P An Oak Tree (8.30pm) P

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Pardon/In Cuffs (11.15am) A Gambler's Guide to Dying (2pm) Crash (4.30pm) Fake it 'til you Make it (6.45pm) How to Keep an Alien (9pm)

Sunday 9 August An Oak Tree (10.30am) Swallow (2pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (5pm) The Christians (8.15pm)

How to Keep an Alien (11.15am) Pardon/In Cuffs (1.45pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (4.15pm) Crash (6.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (9pm)

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Traverse Bar

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Audio Described

British Sign Language Interpreted

TF:MP

Traverse Foyer Meeting Point

Captioned performance


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MONDAY 10th AUGUST - SUNDAY 16th AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Monday 10 August Two Minute Manifesto (10am)

TalkFest 1 (2.30pm) TalkFest 1 (5pm) Pre: View (7.30pm) Tuesday 11 August Tomorrow (10.30am) P The Christians (1.30pm) An Oak Tree (4.15pm) Swallow (7pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (9.30pm)

Fake it ‘til you Make it (11.15am) How to Keep an Alien (1.15pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (3.45pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (6.15pm) Crash (8.45pm)

Wednesday 12 August A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (10.30am) Tomorrow (1.15pm) The Christians (4pm) An Oak Tree (6.45pm) Swallow (9.15pm)

Crash (11.15am) Fake it ‘til you Make it (1.30pm) How to Keep an Alien (3.45pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (6.15pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (9pm)

Thursday 13 August Swallow (10.30am) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (1pm) Tomorrow (3.45pm) The Christians (6.30pm) An Oak Tree (9.15pm)

A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (11.15am) Crash (1.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (4pm) How to Keep an Alien (6.15pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (8.45pm)

Friday 14 August An Oak Tree (10.30am) Swallow (1.15pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (3.45pm) Tomorrow (6.30pm) The Christians (9.15pm)

Pardon/In Cuffs (11.15am) A Gambler's Guide to Dying (2pm) Crash (4.30pm) Fake it 'til you Make it (6.45pm) How to Keep an Alien (9pm)

Saturday 15 August The Christians (10.30am) An Oak Tree (1.15pm) Swallow (3.45pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (6.15pm) Tomorrow (9pm)

How to Keep an Alien (11.15am) Pardon/In Cuffs (1.45pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (4.15pm) Crash (6.30pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (8.45pm)

Forever Young (Various times)

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Fake it 'til you Make it (11.15am) How to Keep an Alien (1.15pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (3.45pm) A Gambler's Guide to Dying (6.15pm) Crash (8.45pm)

Forever Young (Various times)

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Sunday 16 August Tomorrow (11am) The Christians (1.45pm) An Oak Tree (4.30pm) Swallow (7.15pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (9.45pm)

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Traverse Bar

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Traverse Foyer

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Audio Described

British Sign Language Interpreted

TF:MP

Traverse Foyer Meeting Point

Captioned performance


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MONDAY 17th AUGUST - SUNDAY 23rd AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Monday 17 August TalkFest 2 (2.30pm) TalkFest 2 (5pm) Pre: View (7.30pm)

Two Minute Manifesto (10am)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Crash (11.15am) Fake it ‘til you Make it (1.30pm) How to Keep an Alien (3.45pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (6.15pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (9pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm) P

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (11.15am) Crash (1.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (4pm) How to Keep an Alien (6.15pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (8.45pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Pardon/In Cuffs (11.15am) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (2pm) Crash (4.30pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (7pm) How to Keep an Alien (9.15pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.30pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) How to Keep an Alien (11.15am) Pardon/In Cuffs (1.45pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (4.15pm) Crash (6.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (9pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Fake it ‘til you Make it (11.15am) How to Keep an Alien (1.30pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (4pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (6.30pm) Crash (9pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Crash (11.15am) Fake it ‘til you Make it (1.30pm) How to Keep an Alien (3.45pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (6.15pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (9pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm)

Tuesday 18 August Our Ladies... (10.30am) P A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (1.45pm) Tomorrow (4.30pm) The Christians (7.15pm) Swallow (10pm)

Wednesday 19 August Swallow (10.30am) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (1pm) Tomorrow (3.45pm) The Christians (6.30pm) Our Ladies... (9.30pm)

Thursday 20 August Our Ladies... (10.30am) Swallow (1.30pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (4pm) Tomorrow (6.45pm) The Christians (9.30pm)

Friday 21 August The Christians (10.30am) Our Ladies... (1.15pm) Swallow (4pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (6.30pm) Tomorrow (9.15pm)

Saturday 22 August Tomorrow (11am) The Christians (1.45pm) Our Ladies... (4.30pm) Swallow (7.30pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (10pm)

Sunday 23 August A Girl is A Half-formed Thing (10.30am) Tomorrow (1.15pm) The Christians (4pm) Our Ladies... (6.45pm) Swallow (9.45pm)

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MONDAY 24th AUGUST – SUNDAY 30th AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

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Monday 24 August James Tait Black Drama Prize Award Ceremony (6pm)

Two Minute Manifesto (10am)

Tuesday 25 August Swallow (10.30am) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (1pm) Tomorrow (3.45pm) The Christians (6.30pm) Our Ladies... (9.15pm)

Wednesday 26 August Our Ladies... (10.30am) Swallow (1.30pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (4pm) Tomorrow (6.45pm) The Christians (9.30pm)

Thursday 27 August The Christians (10.30am) Our Ladies... (1.15pm) Swallow (4pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (6.30pm) Tomorrow (9.15pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (11.15am) Crash (1.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (4pm) How to Keep an Alien (6.15pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (8.45pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm) A Game of You (Various times)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Pardon/In Cuffs (11.15am) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (2pm) Crash (4.30pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (7pm) How to Keep an Alien (9.15pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.30pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm) A Game of You (Various times)

Breakfast Plays (9am) How to Keep an Alien (11.15am) Pardon/In Cuffs (1.45pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (4.15pm) Crash (6.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (9pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm) A Game of You (Various times)

Breakfast Plays (9pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (11.15am) How to Keep an Alien (1.30pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (4pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (6.30pm) Crash (9pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm) A Game of You (Various times)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Crash (11.15am) Fake it ‘til you Make it (1.30pm) How to Keep an Alien (3.45pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (6.15pm) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (9pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm) A Game of You (Various times)

Breakfast Plays (9am) A Gambler’s Guide to Dying (11.15am) Crash (1.45pm) Fake it ‘til you Make it (4pm) How to Keep an Alien (6.15pm) Pardon/In Cuffs (8.45pm) Am I Dead Yet? (11.15pm)

Forever Young (Various times) The Garden (3pm & 6pm) A Game of You (Various times)

Friday 28 August Tomorrow (11am) The Christians (1.45pm) Our Ladies... (4.30pm) Swallow (7.30pm) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (10pm)

Saturday 29 August A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (10.30am) Tomorrow (1.15pm) The Christians (4pm) Our Ladies... (6.45pm) Swallow (9.45pm)

Sunday 30 August Swallow (10.30am) A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (1pm) Tomorrow (3.45pm) The Christians (6.30pm) Our Ladies... (9.15pm)


Support Us "The Festival’s most prestigious home of serious drama." The New York Times

A hothouse for new talent, the Traverse Theatre has been at the centre of Scotland’s cultural landscape, providing breathtaking new writing for over fifty years. The Traverse Theatre provides a place where emerging artists can develop and ideas can take hold. Commissioning original works, staging new productions and our wide-ranging engagement programme all rely on the support of people like you. To find out more about how you can help us continue inspiring audiences and supporting new talent, please contact Ellen Gledhill, Development Manager on 0131 228 3223 or email ellen.gledhill@traverse.co.uk

Images: Traverse Box Office, Unfaithful (2014), Playwright’s Toolkit, Spoiling (2014), Clean rehearsals. Image credits Jeremy Abrahams.


WORLD PREMIERE GARY McNAIR WITH SHOW AND TELL

A Gambler's Guide to Dying

By Gary McNair

7 – 30 August

Preview P Thu 6 Aug (9pm)

Preview 6 August

Preview ticket price £12/£8 concession

Director Gareth Nicholls Producer Show And Tell Cast Gary McNair What are the odds of living an extraordinary life? This is the story of one boy’s granddad who won a fortune betting on the 1966 World Cup and, when diagnosed with cancer, gambled it all on living to see the year 2000. An intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind. Gary McNair and director Gareth Nicholls return to the Traverse after last year's award-winning, five-star show Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com @TheGaryMcNair / @Show_And_Tell

Dates Fri 7 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

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Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2015.

“A tour de force and a must-see." The Stage (on Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian)

“Brilliantly conceived.” The Scotsman (on Donald Robertson Is Not A Stand-Up Comedian)

Supported by Made In Scotland.

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Mon 10 Aug

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Wed 12 Aug 9pm

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Sat 15 Aug 4.15pm

Sun 16 Aug 6.15pm

Mon 17 Aug

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Wed 19 Aug 11.15am

Thu 20 Aug 2pm

Fri 21 Aug 4.15pm

Sat 22 Aug 6.30pm

Sun 23 Aug 9pm

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Thu 27 Aug 4.15pm

Fri 28 Aug 6.30pm

Sat 29 Aug 9pm

Sun 30 Aug 11.15am Image by Show and Tell


UK PREMIERE ROUGH MAGIC IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOHO THEATRE

How to Keep an Alien

By Sonya Kelly

7 – 30 August

Preview P Thu 6 Aug (3.45pm)

Preview 6 August

Preview ticket price £12/£8 concession

Director Gina Moxley Set & Lighting Designer Sarah Jane Shiels Sound Designer Carl Kennedy Cast Sonya Kelly with Justin Murphy A touching tale of falling in love and proving it to the government. Sonya Kelly (The Wheelchair on my Face, Fringe First Award 2012) is back with a tearfully funny, tender memoir about securing an Irish visa for her Australian partner. Join her madcap odyssey from the stony townlands of Ireland to the leafy depths of the Queensland bush. It’s a tricky business coming from opposite ends of the earth. It takes an Olympian will and the heart of a whale, but above all else, paperwork. It takes a hell of a lot of paperwork. www.roughmagic.ie / @RoughMagicIRL

Dates Fri 7 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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14+

Note: Contains some mild swearing and sexual references. Supported by Culture Ireland and the Arts Council of Ireland.

“Exquisite.” The Irish Times

“Inventive and delightfully magnetic theatre.” The Herald (Dublin) Mon 3 Aug

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Tue 18 Aug 3.45pm

Wed 19 Aug 6.15pm

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Fri 21 Aug 11.15am

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Tue 25 Aug 6.15pm

Wed 26 Aug 9.15pm

Thu 27 Aug 11.15am

Fri 28 Aug 1.30pm

Sat 29 Aug 3.45pm

Sun 30 Aug 6.15pm

Image by Anthony Woods


UK PREMIERE SKaGeN, RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS, THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH & BIG IN BELGIUM

Pardon / In Cuffs

Concept by Valentijn Dhaenens

7 – 30 August

Preview P Thu 6 Aug (6.15pm)

Preview 6 August

Concept Valentijn Dhaenens Costume Designer Barbara De Laere Set Designer SKaGeN Cast Valentijn Dhaenens, Korneel Hamers, Clara van den Broek Much is at stake for those who've just been caught in the act: either a judgement will be passed or they'll have a lucky escape. From the creators of BigMouth and SmallWar (Festival 2014), and inspired by the documentaries of award-winning Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon, Pardon / In Cuffs unravels the complex relationship between culprit and judge. Through a series of tense exchanges, on one side sits a criminal: fighting, lying, begging. On the other side, a public prosecutor in their nightly routine: representing society, reaching verdicts. A story of ‘little people’ clashing with massive structures. "This tiny gem reminds us that Lady Luck does not smile on everyone in today’s society." Cutting Edge

Preview ticket price £12/£8 concession Dates Fri 7 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

T2

16+

SKaGeN is funded by the Flemish Government and the city of Antwerp.

www.skagen.be @skagentheatre

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Fri 7 Aug 8.45pm

Sat 8 Aug 11.15am

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Sun 23 Aug 6.15pm

Mon 24 Aug

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Wed 26 Aug 11.15am

Thu 27 Aug 1.45pm

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Sat 29 Aug 6.15pm

Sun 30 Aug 8.45pm

Image by David Van Mieghem


SCOTTISH PREMIERE UNLIMITED THEATRE

Am I Dead Yet?

By Jon Spooner & Chris Thorpe

19 – 30 August

Preview P Tue 18 Aug (11.15pm)

Preview 18 August

Preview ticket price £12/£8 concession

Director Amy Hodge Designer takis Lighting Designer Katharine Williams Sound Designer Pete Malkin Death is no longer a moment. It is a process. A process that can be reversed. Two friends, talking (and singing) about what happens when we die, how we think about dying and, most importantly, how some of us might be brought back. Performed by Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe, Am I Dead Yet? is filled with stories and songs about death and dying, and about how we don’t talk about it enough. A brand new show from 'the excellent Unlimited Theatre' (The Guardian), inspired by research into contemporary developments in resuscitation science, and made in collaboration with Emergency Care professionals.

Dates Wed 19 – Sun 30 Aug Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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14+

Access British Sign Language Fri 28 Aug, 11.15pm Part of British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2015.

www.unlimited.org.uk @untheatre "Part Grim Reaper, part storyteller, part clown, each performer approaches the subject of death with both humour and seriousness." Exeunt Magazine

Note: Contains some strong language. Supported by Arts Council England and The Wellcome Trust.

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Mon 24 Aug

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Sun 30 Aug 11.15pm

Image by Richard Davenport


PLAYWRIGHTS' STUDIO, SCOTLAND AND MADE IN SCOTLAND

TalkFest 2015 10 & 17 August Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse Theatre's own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Lively, engaging discussions, expertly led by Scotland’s leading playwrights and theatre-makers.

Life and Death Drama Chaired by Rob Drummond

Mon 10 Aug, 2.30pm – 4pm Life, death and everything in between is explored extensively by artists at this year’s Festival. Can a story about the end of life still give us hope for the future? Has theatre itself, in reflecting the full spectrum of living, come of age?

The Art of Theatre Adaptation Chaired by Zinnie Harris

Mon 10 Aug, 5pm – 6.30pm Adaptations of important novels or well known stories are at the heart of a number of major productions at this year’s Festival. Why is it important to re-visit existing works of art, sometimes in the most radical of ways?

Dates Mon 10 & Mon 17 Aug (2.30pm & 5pm) Tickets Full price £6 Concession £4

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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16+

Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2015. www.playwrightsstudio.co.uk @Pwrightsstudio www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

Blasted Theatre Chaired by Alan McKendrick

Mon 17 Aug, 2.30pm – 4pm When it challenges the status quo, theatre encourages us to examine our own beliefs and prejudices. In some, it causes moral panic and even outrage! But it also gives important voice to those who have been censored or marginalised. What inspires artists to question traditional artistic forms, social mores or cultural or religious taboos?

Making Your Way in the World Today Takes Everything You’ve Got… Chaired by Lou Prendergast

Mon 17 Aug, 5pm – 6.30pm As human beings, how we connect with our environment can be positive and invigorating, or it can drive us to extremes. The struggle between humanity and an increasingly complex and harsh world is a fertile starting point for drama.

Image by Shutterstock


THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH AND PLAYWRIGHTS’ STUDIO, SCOTLAND

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Thomas Ambrosini, Helen Gilmore, Laurie Motherwell & Kay Singh

10 & 17 August Four readings from four brand new plays by four emerging playwrights from Scotland, England and the USA. In Prague, a mural of John Lennon symbolises hope and freedom. Twenty-five years after The Velvet Revolution, four art students whitewash it, and daub the message Wall Is Over. Laura can freeze time, a very useful superpower, especially on this dangerous journey she’s making, armed only with her Dad’s old umbrella.

Dates Mon 10 & Mon 17 Aug (7.30pm) Tickets Full price £6 Concession £4

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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16+

Emily starts a new life in a new city in a new apartment. Each night she hears disturbing scenes unfold from apartment 2A… In the not-so-distant future, Ellie Dee, a digital avatar, fulfils every request, watches every moment, records every secret. Extracts from the plays are performed as script-in-hand readings by professional actors. All writers are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh. www.playwrightsstudio.co.uk / @Pwrightsstudio

Image by Eoin Carey


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

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2015 Award Ceremony 24 August The latest recipient of the James Tait Black Prize for Drama is announced. Extracts from the three finalists’ submissions will be presented, followed by the announcement of this year's winner. This £10,000 prize is awarded by the University of Edinburgh to the best new play worldwide, demonstrating an original theatrical voice and making a significant contribution to the artform. In 2014, the Prize went to Rory Mullarkey for his play Cannibals.

Dates Mon 24 Aug, 6pm Tickets Full price £6 Concession £4

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. www.ed.ac.uk / @EdinburghUni

Image: Rory Mullarkey receiving his prize from Professor Mary Bownes, Vice-Principal, Community Development at the University of Edinburgh


DAVID GREIG, SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH & CHRISTOPHER SILVER

Two Minute Manifesto

Concept by David Greig, Sarah Beattie-Smith & Christopher Silver

10, 17 and 24 August If you only had two minutes to persuade an audience to back your idea for changing Scotland, what would it be? Free public transport? A tax on images of Margaret Thatcher? A Jimmy Shand impersonator in every classroom? From the sublime to the ridiculous, the provocative to the pragmatic, ideas are the beating heart of a society. Here, we invite you to take their pulse.

Dates Mon 10, 17 & 24 Aug (10am) Tickets Full price £8 Concession £6

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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14+

Join David Greig, Sarah Beattie-Smith and Christopher Silver, and a hand-picked selection of interesting folk, for three performances where ideas, politics and culture combine in a heady mix. Guests will be given two minutes to present their single most important idea for creating a better world. And then you vote! Expect music, poetry, chat, audience participation and provocations from a selection of the country’s finest thinkers, pundits, artists, activists and raconteurs. @2minmanifesto

Image by Simon Baker


SOUND

The Garden

By John Harris & Zinnie Harris

18 – 30 August

Dates Tue 18 – Sun 30 Aug (3pm & 6pm) (except Mondays)

Writer & Director Zinnie Harris Composer John Harris Designer Camilla O’Neill Cast Pauline Knowles & Alan McHugh Set at a time when humanity has run out of resources, John and Zinnie Harris’ The Garden tells a dystopian tale of a couple at the end of their tether. Living on the 10th floor of a high-rise block, hope emerges in the form of a strange tree growing through their kitchen linoleum. Based on an original short play of the same name by Zinnie Harris, commissioned by the Traverse Theatre in 2009 and winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award as part of the World Is Too Much season, this new operatic version was commissioned by sound and premiered in Aberdeen in 2012. Zinnie Harris is Associate Director at the Traverse Theatre. www.sound-scotland.co.uk www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com “Knowles and McHugh play off each other beautifully… Harris' story can stand alongside anything from the late twentieth century new wave of ecologically-inclined, short-form science-fiction, even as it hints of fresh Edens to come.” The Herald "Astonishingly expressive." The Scotsman

Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

14+

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Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase 2015. Supported by Made in Scotland.

This production will take place off-site. Please meet at the Traverse Foyer: Meeting Point on the ground floor, in the Traverse foyer. An usher will escort audience members on a 5-minute walk to the location. This location has approximately 20 steps, lift access is available.

Painting: Cranach, Lucas, the Elder (1472-1553)/ Bridgeman Images


WORLD PREMIERE ONE STEP AT A TIME LIKE THIS, CLONMEL JUNCTION FESTIVAL & RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS

Forever Young

Created by one step at a time like this in collaboration with junction joes

19 – 30 August

Previews 15, 16 & 18 August

Concept one step at a time like this Co-Directors Suzanne Kersten & Julian Rickert Designers one step at a time like this & junction joes Whatever happened to your youthful idealism? Where did it go? Or is it only sleeping? Those outrageous ideas, hopes, ideals and dreams of how the world could become a better place. Go one-to-one with a reclining chair, a team of adolescent experts, and an outdoor foolhardy adventure. All there to probe the current pulse of your idealism, lost or found… The creators of international hit en route (Festival 2010) return to Edinburgh with their new show created with a cohort of teens part research, part rehabilitation and part playful tumble over our supposed wisdom, scars, cynicism and reckless dreaming. onestepatatimelikethis.com / @onesteptweets “The way they range freely and imaginatively through the possibilities of 21st century and traditional media distinguishes the work of the artists who make up one step at a time like this. This audio work leaves you shaken and a little changed.” The Scotsman (on en route)

Previews Sat 15 & Sun 16 Aug (Every 45 minutes from 10.30am – 2.45pm) Tue 18 August (Every 45 minutes from 10.30am – 4.15pm) Preview ticket price £12/£8 concession Dates Wed 19 –Sun 30 Aug Performances daily (except Mondays) every 45 minutes from 10.30am - 4.15pm. Running time 70mins. For more information please contact the Traverse Box Office. Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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Note: Contains strong language. The performance involves outdoor walking/ movement. Audiences are advised to wear flat shoes and dress for weather. Supported by Australia Council of the Arts and The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Ireland.


SCOTTISH PREMIERE ONTROEREND GOED, BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE, RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS BIG IN BELGIUM IN ASSOCIATION WITH THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH

A Game of You

Created By Ontroerend Goed and directed by Alexander Devriendt

25 – 30 August For those who don’t know us yet we’re craving to spend some time with you to get under your skin, if possible to get to know you better than we know ourselves only imaginary, of course some say we’re forward, inquisitive, manipulative or downright evil. Some claim we can’t be trusted. Rest assured, they are wrong. We’re players and our intentions are always sincere. Our sole purpose in unreal life is to let you find out who you might be and get entangled in the game you play you’ll be safe we’re doing it for you. Following The Smile Off Your Face and Internal (Festival 2010), A Game of You forms the final part of the award-winning Personal Trilogy. www.ontroerendgoed.be / @1OntroerendGoed “A genuinely unsettling experience.” The Guardian

Dates Tue 25 – Sun 30 August Performances every 30 minutes, from 2pm-5pm and 7pm-10pm. Running time 25mins (please allow up to 1hr for the full experience). For more information please contact the Traverse Box Office. Tickets Full price £18 Standard concession £13 Other concession £8

See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

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16+

Notes: Contains adult themes and audience interaction. The performance also involves a degree of movement and walking. A Game of You was developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio.

“An intense journey of self-experience, a moment of self-analysis subdivided into several stages… the most intimate piece of theatre I know.” Berliner Zeitung

Image by Elies Van Renterghem


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Access Copies of this brochure and an access Audio Described Performances Audio description is a way of communicating guide are available in large print and audio the visual elements of a production for formats from the Traverse Box Office or visually impaired audience members. download from www.traverse.co.uk Information is relayed as a live commentary Access – The Building

to a personal headset. Please collect this from a member of the Front of House team from 30 minutes before the performance.

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.

Touch Tours

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. The Front of House Manager will meet and accompany you to the theatre.

BSL Interpreted Performances

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

Touch tours give a guided tour of the stage set to visually impaired audience members prior to the start of an audiodescribed 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.

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. There are two wheelchairs Captioned Performances available for visitors’ use. 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 Accessible Performances or sung. If you would like to use any of the following services, please let the box office know at time of booking on 0131 228 1404 or email boxoffice@ traverse.co.uk, and make yourself known to the Front of House team on arrival, as they will be expecting you.


Traverse Theatre

Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin

Associate Director Zinnie Harris Associate Artists Emma Callander David Greig Morna Pearson Tim Price Partner Organisations The Traverse Theatre works in synergy with partners and collaborators, including: Arches Theatre, Glasgow BBC writersroom British Council Culture Ireland Dance Base Doosan Arts Centre, Seoul Edinburgh Cultural Venues Group Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Edinburgh International Festival Edinburgh International Film Festival Edinburgh International Science Festival Imaginate The James Menzies-Kitchin Memorial Trust La Licorne Theatre, Montreal Manipulate (Puppet Animation Scotland) National Theatre of Scotland Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Soundhouse University of Edinburgh Youth Theatre Arts Scotland Supporters The Traverse extends grateful thanks to the many individuals, organisations, trusts and foundations that support and contribute to the theatre’s work, and play such an important part in securing the Traverse’s future and maintaining its reputation as one of the world’s most exciting theatres. Traverse Productions are supported by Cotterell & Co Paterson SA Hairdressing If you would like to find out more about supporting the work of the Traverse Theatre, please contact Ellen Gledhill on 0131 228 3223 or email ellen.gledhill@traverse.co.uk

The Traverse Theatre (Scotland) Ltd is a charity registered in Scotland No SC002368 Registered Office: Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh EH1 2ED


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