Fifty years of new
SPRING 2013 One of the homes of the Traverse Theatre, Grassmarket 1969 â€“ 1992
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Welcome to the Traverse Theatre’s Spring Season 2013 Going gold, not grey This is a very special year at the Traverse as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. From humble beginnings in an abandoned brothel in the Lawnmarket, to the sailmaker’s loft in the Grassmarket, to where we stand today, the Traverse continues to be a unique landmark on Edinburgh’s cultural landscape. Embodying the spirit of the Fringe all year round, the Traverse is the beating heart of new work in Scotland. We celebrate this milestone in the way we know best, by programming and producing the finest new work from around the UK for our audiences at home and abroad. We kick off our 2013 programme on the 9th January when we open Midsummer [a play with songs], in New York, which plays at the Clurman Theatre. Here at home we get the party started by introducing you to the Traverse Fifty. The Traverse Fifty are 50 writers who have been carefully selected from over 630 applicants to join us on a year long writing attachment. Found at Sea is our first Traverse production. The latest creative collaboration to unite acclaimed poet Andrew Greig and adaptor, director and Traverse Associate Artist, David Greig. Two old friends are reunited by an island adventure. The next Traverse production is Quiz Show. After his wildly successful Festival Fringe hit, Bullet Catch, Rob Drummond now leads us into the strangely familiar world of the quiz show, where the prize is nothing less than the truth. Rob is teaming up with Traverse Associate Director Hamish Pirie.
Executive Producer Linda Crooks and Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin
We also have five weeks of fantastic lunchtime theatre, a Play, a Pie and a Pint in partnership with Òran Mór. We are especially proud to present: A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity, Clean and Most Favoured which return following their celebrated outing at last year’s Herald Angel award winning Fringe Festival Dream Plays series. With over 23 productions and a host of workshops, conferences, festivals and events, there really is a celebratory feel in the air at the Traverse this Spring. We look forward to welcoming you in our very special year. We truly are going gold, not grey! Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director Linda Crooks, Executive Producer
Booking tickets In person
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0131 228 1404
Monday to Saturday: 10am-6pm Or until performance starts Sundays: two hours before the performance
School & Group Bookings
To arrange a group booking, please email email@example.com. Groups receive one complimentary ticket for every 10 tickets bought (i.e. 11th ticket free). All school tickets are £6 plus one complimentary teacher ticket for every 10 paying students. Reservations of 10 tickets or more can be held without payment for 4 weeks or until 5 working days before the show (depending on reservation date).
Concessions are available for: • Students • Under 18s (children under 14 must be accompanied by adult) • Over 60s • Disabled patrons (complimentary companion tickets are available) • Traverse Theatre Club Members • Members of Entertainment Unions • YoungScot card holders • Unemployed (proof of Jobseekers Allowance must be shown)
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Class Act: Reloaded 30 & 31 January To kick-off the Traverse’s 50th celebrations, our flagship schools project is back and reloaded. This year we have challenged Drama and English pupils from five secondary schools to write and develop short plays under the title You:Now. We have asked them to tell us what is important to them, as young people living in Edinburgh in 2013.
Dates & Times Wed 30 & Thu 31 Jan, 7.30pm Tickets £6/£4 concession
Supported by Professional Playwrights Alan Bissett, Catherine Grosvenor, Stef Smith, Julia Taudevin and Alan Wilkins, the young writers from Firrhill High School, Gracemount High School, Leith Academy, St.Thomas of Aquin’s RC High School and Tynecastle High School have worked tirelessly over the Autumn term to produce these funny, challenging and often thoughtprovoking plays. traverse.co.uk @traversetheatre
T1 This project would not be possible without the kind and generous support of Scott & Co, Edinburgh Airport Community Fund, JTH Charitable Trust, Souter Charitable Trust, John Thaw Foundation and Craignish Trust Photo by Alan McCredie
Introducing the Traverse Fifty Traverse Fifty The Fifty have landed. After a search that took us far and wide, we have done a lot of reading and made some very hard choices. We are thrilled to have selected fifty truly exciting writing talents, who will work with us throughout our 50th year. The Traverse Artistic team will invite renowned artists from Scotland and beyond to present events aimed to inspire the fifty writers to inspire us. The group will be developing work for a new writing festival in October. Check out our final Fifty online at traverse.co.uk
50 Plays for Edinburgh 26 January, 7.30pm
1 city, 50 writers, 50 plays, 25,000 words. Since last September, writers all over the world have been coming up with plays for our city. The authors of the 50 most thrilling pieces have been selected to form our Traverse Fifty. Tonight is your chance to see first-hand this fizzing new talent. It will be an explosive night of vibrant, surprising and charming work, directed by Orla O’Loughlin and Hamish Pirie. Full writers list please see traverse.co.uk Tickets £6 / £4 concession
Fifty Takeover The Traverse Fifty are taking over. In a series of events we are giving them creative free rein. It could be short new plays, burlesque, a light installation, a lecture, music or dance. It's up to them. Expect the unexpected. Dates are still to be announced so keep your eye on the Traverse website traverse.co.uk
Scratch the Fifty 13 April, 8pm
After a fascinating week looking at 40 years of theatre with the Scottish Society of Playwrights, the focus shifts from past to future. With support from the Saltire Society. Tickets ÂŁ6 / ÂŁ4 concessions
Dedicated to theatre at its most sensual and imaginative THE SCOTSMAN
INNOVATIVE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE AND FILM
VISUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL #6 Puppet Animation Scotland’s manipulate Visual Theatre Festival brings powerful 3 – 16 FEBRUARY 2013 visual theatre and animation from TRAVERSE THEATRE
around the world to Scotland. The 2013 programme features the work of world renowned performers and directors from the USA, Scotland, Israel, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia and England. Please visit www.manipulatefestival.org for the full festival programme. Connect with us: @manipulatefest
VOX MOTUS SUPPORTED BY THE BEACON
Part of the manipulate 2013 festival
13 – 16 February Slick is a hilarious, dark and dirty exploration of greed, corruption and loss-of-innocence. Slick combines absurd comedy, visual storytelling, puppetry, object theatre and physical performance to create a unique ensemble performance with comic-strip visuals. The world is seen through little Malcolm Biggar, a nine year old with a passion for his skateboard, a harrowing fear of his lunatic neighbours and a growing realisation that perhaps his parents do not always have his best interests at heart.
Dates & Times Wed 13 – Sat 16 Feb, 7.30pm Matinee Sat 16 Feb, 2.30pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Wed 13 Feb
Originally produced as a co-production with the Tron Theatre in 2008, Vox Motus are delighted to be returning to Slick’s spiritual home at the Traverse! voxmotus.co.uk @voxmotus
Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award (2008) Critics' Award for Theatre in Scotland (2008)
“A show whose whole creative team deserves a standing ovation.” ««««The Scotsman “Slick by name and conspicuously slick by nature.” ««««The Times
Supported by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland Photo by Jethro Collins
TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY
RED NOTE ENSEMBLE
Words, Words, Words
25 February & 29 April
Words, Words, Words is a no-holds barred, work-in-progress scratch extravaganza. It is the beating heart of new writing, where we invite writers at any stage in their career to present short pieces of their work.
Now in its fifth year, Noisy Nights are the regular new music nights at the Traverse, hosted by Red Note Ensemble. Short pieces of new music are submitted from all around the world to be premiered here, in response to a new line-up of instruments and players each time.
Pieces will be brand new and still forming with the emphasis on development of work in progress. Eight slots will be allocated to writers and each piece will be directed by one of our emerging directors, paired by a member of our Artistic team. Afterwards, please join us in the bar to talk about the work we’ve just seen and give feedback to the writers. Submissions open on 18 February and close on 15 April. To submit visit traverse.submittable.com Date & Time Mon 20 May, 7.30pm Tickets £6 / £4 concession T2
Noisy Nights are fun, informal, and easy-going. Members of the audience even get the chance to write their own pieces for Red Note to play with the now-famous 10 Minute Composer's Challenge in the interval! For more info on how to submit visit rednoteensemble.com Dates & Times Mon 25 Feb, 8pm & Mon 29 April, 8pm Tickets Free (ticketed) TB
Traverse Theatre Company
Found at Sea
By Andrew Greig Adapted by David Greig
Tue 19 – Sat 23 February
Dates Tue 19 – Sat 23 Feb, 8pm Tickets £11.50 / £6 concession
A PREVIEW OF WORK IN PROGRESS
Director David Greig Cast Tam Dean Burn, Lewis Howden In our wake, happiness grooved white in blue, then evened out. Once in a while, in the midst of responsibilities to partners, children, work, it becomes necessary to recalibrate one’s life and push the boat out. Two old mates, Skip and Crew, decide it’s time for an adventure. A micro Odyssey, setting out into the Flow to sleep on an abandoned island. The boat has been scrubbed and painted, the banjo is packed, sails hoisted and they’ve set their course over several large drams. In the middle of life, half way over, we pitch on a gurly sea… Found at Sea is made from a new sequence of poems by acclaimed Scottish novelist and poet, Andrew Greig (Loch of The Green Corrie, Summit Fever, That Summer) which tells the story of a real trip he took to the uninhabited island of Cava, a place which turns out to have a haunting history of its own. Found at Sea began life as a rehearsed reading as part of our award-winning Dream Plays (Scenes from a Play I’ll Never Write) in the 2012 Traverse Festival programme. Join us on the next stage of the show’s voyage – an intimate, low-fi, work in progress production in the belly of the Traverse, encompassing poetry, storytelling, music and song.
The end of love is commonplace, the voyage not.
“Greig’s writing exudes warmth in abundance.” ««««The Herald
on Found at Sea as part of Dream Plays (Scenes From a Play I’ll Never Write)
Sat 23 Feb, 8pm. Touch tour 7.15pm We would like to thank The King's Wark for the location of the image thekingswark.com Photo by Eoin Carey
Òran Mór presented by the Traverse Theatre
A Play, a Pie and a Pint
Free ticket for Quiz Show when you buy for all 5 weeks!
19 February – 23 March
Lunchtime favourite a Play, a Pie and a Pint is back for its sixth season. After a sell-out run during this year’s Fringe Festival as part of our Dream Plays series, A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity, Clean and Most Favoured are on the menu once again, having been developed from their breakfast beginnings. Simply choose your brew, pick a pie and feast on the finest theatre around.
3 Seconds by Lesley Hart
Tue 19 – Sat 23 Feb, 1pm Diane lives at the very top of Scotland, at the highest point of her town. As far as Diane is concerned this is the best and safest place to be. But when Mary turns up, soaked and bleeding at the door, Diane's flat becomes a very dangerous place indeed.
A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity by Douglas Maxwell
Tue 26 Feb – Sat 2 Mar, 1pm Annabelle strikes up an unlikely relationship with her dead husband’s potty-mouthed employee, Jim. As she begins to enter into Jim's un-finishing school, Annabelle finally gets herself heard.
Most Favoured by David Ireland
Tue 5 – Sat 9 Mar, 1pm A far-from-virgin Mary and an angel wake up in a cheap hotel room in Edinburgh. As the pillow talk ensues, a 21st century take on the second coming is revealed.
Clean by Sabrina Mahfouz
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar, 1pm Zainab, Chloe & Katya are London’s best ‘clean’ criminals, perpetrators of victimless crime. As this feisty trio are forced together, they soon become the unlikely heroes of an adventure usually left to men.
Channel 4/ Òran Mór Comedy Drama Award
Tue 19 – Sat 23 Mar, 1pm This award aims to find the very best in comedy writing in the UK, from undiscovered talent or an established writer. Announced on 7 Jan, this year's winning show will be performed as our final instalment of a Play, a Pie and a Pint this season. Tickets £12 (includes a play, a pie and a pint of beer/125ml glass of house wine/regular glass of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, lemonade, orange juice, tea or filter coffee). T2
MULL THEATRE, IN ASSOCIATION WITH RT PRODUCTIONS AND SPHINX THEATRE
My Name is Rachel Corrie
Edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
2 March Director Ros Philips Cast Mairi Phillips On March 16 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American, was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she was trying to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes. This one-woman play is composed from Rachel's own journals, letters and emails (edited by actor Alan Rickman and Guardian deputy editor Katharine Viner), creating a portrait of a messy, skinny, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain smoker, who left her home “to support non-violent resistance to Israel’s military occupation.” A powerfully honest insight into one of the most complicated international political conflicts that continues to resonate across the world.
Dates & Times Sat 2 Mar, 7.30pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Sat 2 March
mulltheatre.com @MullTheatre "Vivid." ««««The Guardian "Illuminating." ««««The Scotsman T1
Supported by Creative Scotland Photo by Tim Morozzo
FIREBRAND THEATRE COMPANY
White Rose By Peter Arnott
13 – 16 March Director Richard Baron Designer Edward Lipscomb Lighting Designer Kate Bonney After the sell-out success of Iron, Firebrand returns to the Traverse with Peter Arnott’s acclaimed tale of female Russian World War II fighter pilot Lily Litvak, the so-called ‘White Rose of Stalingrad’. White Rose, unseen since its hugely successful debut at the 1985 Edinburgh Festival, is a powerful triangular love story about men and women fighting in the air, on the ground and in the bedroom. One thousand extremely talented women pilots volunteered for the Red Air Force during the Second World War. An impressive thirty Citations of Hero of the Soviet Union went to women pilots, and three regiments of the Air Force were made up entirely of women, some of whom, like Lily, became the stuff of legend.
Dates & Times Wed 13 – Sat 16 Mar, 7.30pm Matinee Sat 16 Mar, 2.30pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Wed 13 March
"A thrilling production." ««««The List on Iron "Heart-stopping." ««««The Scotsman on Iron
Seen from the point of view of Lily and her mechanic Ina, two women in a male-dominated world, White Rose offers an insight into modern warfare and concepts of patriotism that are as relevant today as they were then. firebrandtheatre.co.uk @firebrandtheatre
T1 In association with Heart of Hawick. Supported by Creative Scotland Photo credit Istock
LYCEUM YOUTH THEATRE
What Are They Like? By Lucinda Coxon
14 – 16 March Director Christie O’Carroll Adolescence is a rough ride. You've got existential angst, mood swings, fashion fiascos, terrifying physical changes, never enough money. And that's just the parents. How well do you know yours?
Dates & Times Thu 14 – Sat 16 Mar, 7pm Matinee Sat 16 Mar, 4.30pm Tickets £12
What Are They Like? marks the third return of the Lyceum Youth Theatre to the Traverse, after 2012’s sold out run of Victim Sidekick Boyfriend Me by Hilary Bell and 2011’s Bassett by James Graham. Scribble Showcase Aged between 15 and 17 years old, the Traverse Scribblers have been working with professional playwright, Catherine Grosvenor, to write and develop their own mini masterpieces. Professional directors from the Traverse and young actors from LYT will stage readings of these bite-size plays before each performance of What Are They Like? What Are They Like? Is part of National Theatre Connections Each year the National Theatre asks 10 exciting writers to create new plays which are performed by young theatre companies all over the country. From Plymouth to Inverness and from Belfast T2 to Norwich, National Theatre Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage and the energy, commitment and talent of Supported by Creative Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council young theatre-makers. Photo by Alan McCredie
SCRAWL AND SNUFFBOX IN COLLABORATION WITH RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS
By Luke Barnes
By Charlotte Josephine
21 – 23 March Double Bill of two new award winning plays
Straight from sell-out runs in London’s Bush and Soho Theatres, we present an unmissable double bill of two award-winning new shows, first presented as part of the 'Old Vic New Voices' Edinburgh Season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012.
Sweaty, fuzzy-tongued and drenched in booze, Chapel Street brings you a night of carnage in the lives of Kirsty and Joe. Hilarious and heart-breaking, it provides a crackling mix of poetry and profanity that takes on a deep resonance in light of David Cameron addressing Broken Britain. “Wittiest, most engaging performances this fringe.” ««««The Independent
After Show Discussion Thu 21 March
Dates & Times Thu 21 – Sat 23 Mar, 8pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Thu 21 March
scrawl-online.com snuffboxtheatre.co.uk @ScrawlTheatre
London Olympics 2012. Women stepped into the Olympic boxing Contains swearing and adult themes. ring for the very first time. As Chloe trains for the fight of her life, she is left winded by two life-changing events. In a man’s world, can she prove she’s still worth the title? “Sweat-slick and tough, yet sweet and gifted with terrific timing, Josephine's performance is as fresh and engaging as her script.” ««««The Times
First presented as part of the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season 2012 in partnership with the Underbelly, supported by Ideastap Photo by Alex Brenner
University of Edinburgh & University of Greenwich in association with Traverse Theatre and the Scottish Society of Playwrights
Haggis Hunting: a conference on 50 years of New Playwriting in Scotland 4 – 6 April These events are part of a conference with the University of Edinburgh to celebrate the twin anniversaries of the Traverse Theatre and the Scottish Society of Playwrights. In the late 1970s, Professor Jan McDonald referred to the “great Scottish Haggis Hunt” in the search of the next definitive Scottish play and asked if that should really be our quest?
Launch of the Edinburgh Review: Conference edition Thu 4, 5.30pm, free Work in Progress Thu 4, 7.45pm, £6/£4
The Traverse will present a sneak peek reading of a play they are developing for the future.
Playwrights' Lounge Fri 5, 10.30am, £6/£4
(in association with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland) A panel of Scotland ’s leading playwrights including Zinnie Harris, Jo Clifford and Clare Duffy, in conversation with you, the audience.
A Satire of the Three Estates by Sir David Lindsay – The “Lost” version Fri 5, 2pm, £6/£4 A reconstruction of the ‘lost’ version, first performed in the great hall at Linlithgow in 1540.
Playwriting Masterclass with Linda McLean Sat 6, 10am, £10
Linda McLean provides insight into her own practice and gives inspirational pathways to new ideas.
Debate: Scottish Theatre and the Referendum, 1979 & 2014
Sat 6, 2pm, £6/4 A panel of distinguished playwrights, theatre makers and commentators discuss the impact of the referenda.
David Greig: The Great Haggis Hunt for the Scottish Play? Sat 6, 5.30pm, £6/£4 Join David Greig, one of Scotland's most celebrated playwrights, in a keynote speech.
A reading of Caledonia Dreaming by David Greig Sat 6, 7.45pm, £6/4
It’s a summer night in Edinburgh on the eve of devolution and Sean Connery is reported to be coming to stay at the Caledonian Hotel. Six Edinburgh residents try and find him. First performed by 7:84 Theatre Company Scotland in 1997. lifelong.ed.ac.uk/playwritingscotland
Traverse Theatre Company
Previews Fri 29 & Sat 30 Mar, 7.30pm
2 – 20 April
Preview tickets £11.50 / £6 concession
Writer Rob Drummond Director Hamish Pirie
Dates Tue 2 – Sat 20 Apr, 7.30pm Matinees Sat 6, 13 & 20 Apr, 2.30pm
By Rob Drummond Previews 29 & 30 March
Places please! Stand by for broadcast. Welcome to False!, the Quiz Show where there are no questions, only statements, where every statement is a lie and where the prize is nothing less than the truth. Everyone’s favourite Quizmaster, Daniel Caplin, gives tonight’s gifted contestants the chance to play for the ultimate prize - to discover what lies behind the Door of Truth. Newcomer Sandra has always been desperate to find out and she’s more than a threat to our reigning champion.
Tickets Tue – Thu & matinees £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Fri & Sat £17.50 / £13.50 concession Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Tue 2 April
Tonight, there is even more to play for. Can the show survive what she discovers?
After Show Discussion
Penned by one of Scotland’s most exciting theatre makers, who terrified and thrilled audiences in equal measure with his 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit, Bullet Catch, Rob Drummond once again pushes the boundaries of popular culture in this unique piece of theatre. Directed by the Traverse’s Associate Director, Hamish Pirie, whose recent work includes, Mark Thomas: Bravo Figaro! and Oliver Award-nominated Salt, Root and Roe by Tim Price. "Remarkable, multilayered and utterly gripping." ««««The Guardian (on Bullet Catch) MARCH APRIL Tue 2 7.30pm Tue 9 7.30pm Tue 16 7.30pm
Thu 4 7.30pm Thu 11 7.30pm Thu 18 7.30pm
Tue 16 April, 7.30pm Touch Tour 6.45pm Image by Cake
Fri 29 7.30pm Wed 3 7.30pm Wed 10 7.30pm Wed 17 7.30pm
Tue 16 April x
Fri 5 7.30pm Fri 12 7.30pm Fri 19 7.30pm
Sat 30 7.30pm P Sat 6 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 13 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 20 2.30pm &7.30pm
SCOTTISH SOCIETY OF PLAYWRIGHTS’ AND SALTIRE EVENTS
Scottish Society of Playwrights a week of celebration
8 – 12 April Dovetailing perfectly with the Edinburgh University Conference on Scottish playwriting, the Scottish Society of Playwrights and Saltire Events present a series of play readings from the last four decades. Each day explores playwriting since the Scottish Society of Playwrights’ foundation. These will culminate in a reading of a Traverse play from that decade. Leading playwrights curate the following events:
1970s (curated by Ian Brown)
Dates & Times Mon 8 – Fri 12 Apr, 10.30am – 6pm Tickets £16 / £14 concession
BOOK 3 or more events and pay just £12 each
Mon 8 Apr, 10.30am – 6pm
1980s (curated by Peter Arnott)
Tue 9 Apr, 10.30am – 6pm
1990s (curated by Nicola McCartney) Wed 10 Apr, 10.30am – 6pm
Since 2001 (curated by Douglas Maxwell)
Thu 11 Apr, 10.30am – 6pm
The Future of Scottish Playwriting
A conference with leading contributors Fri 12 Apr, 10.30am – 6pm Involved in these exciting events are legendary figures like Bill Bryden, Donald Campbell, Jo Clifford, Stewart Conn, David Edgar, Sue Glover, Zinnie Harris, David Harrower, Liz McLennan and Hector MacMillan.
These events are in association with the Traverse Theatre, the Saltire Society and Kingston University
27 April Scrap Yard is a place to discover the unexpected, to take risks and where the best work is often unfinished. We invite you to witness our one-off creations.
Dates & Times Sat 27 Apr, 7pm Tickets ÂŁ6 / ÂŁ4 concession
Scrap Yard is an innovative new project which invites theatre makers of all disciplines to experiment with new ideas and collaborations. Participating artists are placed in teams, given a stimulus and challenged to create a short play in two weeks. For one night only at the Traverse, we present the final results in an energetic evening of raw performance. Theatre makers who would like to take part please get in touch with Scrapyard:
scrapyardtheatre.weebly.com facebook.com/scrapyardtheatre @scraptheatre
T2 Illustrations by Lubin
Wuthering Heights / Poke
Platform 18: New Work Award
1 – 3 May Double Bill Winner Peter McMaster: Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights is an original and exciting interpretation of the classic novel, using an all-male cast. Expect overly high drama, romantic violence and a touch of Yorkshire bleakness, as these bold young men revisit the landscapes and lives of the characters of Emily Brontë’s celebrated masterpiece. “McMaster's Wuthering Heights is a significant, and intensely honest, opening up of that no-man's-land.” «««««The Herald
Winner Amanda Monfrooe: Poke
Poke is a darkly humorous allegorical performance that carefully charts a parallel between the sexual domination and exploitation of the female body with that of the natural world. A surreal, visual performance exposing the cultural fictions that permit and even encourage our destruction of the planet. "Quite unlike anything else on the stage” ««««The Skinny
(on Amanda Monfrooe’s How Keanu Reeves Saved The World)
Dates & Times Wed 1 – Fri 3 May, 7pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Wed 1 May Platform 18 aims to support Scotland’s most exciting theatre makers and offer them the unique opportunity to stage a funded production at the Traverse Theatre and the Arches (Glasgow). The selection panel includes Jackie Wylie (Arches), Stuart Laing (Untitled Projects) Caroline Newall (National Theatre of Scotland) and Hamish Pirie (Traverse Theatre).
Wuthering Heights contains some nudity.
T2 Supported by Creative Scotland Photo by Katherine Leedale
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CLERKINWORKS CO-PRODUCED BY IMPROBABLE IN ASSOCIATION WITH OVALHOUSE
Based on a short story by Angela Clerkin & Lee Simpson
16 – 18 May Director Lee Simpson Designer Rae Smith Cast Angela Clerkin & Guy Dartnell A taut, tense and funny film noir thriller about an everyday murder and a mythic bear. Angela is a solicitor's clerk. She works with the defence team during criminal trials. The job brings her face to face with people accused of GBH, rape and murder. In the cells under the Old Bailey, Angela meets her client who is on trial for murder. “I didn't do it." He says. "The Bear did it.” He's obviously lying. Or mad. But someone else has seen it. Without quite knowing why, Angela finds herself hunting the bear. Until she discovers the bear is hunting her.
Dates & Times Thu 16 – Sat 18 May, 7.30pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Thu 16 May
After Show Discussion Fri 17 May
improbable.co.uk @AngelaClerkin "Improbable... is one of the most energising and provocative forces in British theatre." The Guardian
T1 Image by The Red Dress
GARE ST LAZARE PLAYERS IRELAND
By Samuel Beckett
23 – 25 May Director Judy Hegarty Lovett Cast Conor Lovett Following The Beckett Trilogy (2011) and The End (2012), Gare St Lazare return once more with one of Samuel Beckett's early novellas, First Love. It possesses much of his distinctive black humour and a plot that is regarded as a masterpiece of Beckettian perversity.
Dates & Times Thu 23 – Sat 25 May, 7.30pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off on Thu 23 May
A young man, expelled from the family home, takes refuge on a bench by a canal. There he meets a woman who takes him home, with comically disastrous consequences. Gare St. Lazare Players have toured internationally with their critically acclaimed presentations of Beckett's prose works. Conor Lovett's exceptional performance animates the bone-dry humour of a character besieged with a clutter of emotions. gslp.ie @garestlazare "Conor Lovett's supremely funny performance is such a pleasing triumph…the result of a prepared actor with a deep understanding of the text." New York Times
Created with the support of The Arts Council of Ireland. Touring supported by Culture Ireland. Photo by Ros Kavanagh
After Show Discussion
By Jenna Watt
23 & 24 May Creator and performer Jenna Watt In 2010, a friend of Jenna's was the victim of a violent attack. Shocked to discover there were bystanders at the scene, Jenna created Flâneurs in an attempt to explore why we choose to intervene or not and asks whether 'one punch is enough' to provoke an intervention. Flâneurs is a new piece of theatre that explores the nature of violence in our cities and attempts to deconstruct the ‘bystander effect' - "the larger the crowd the less likely it is that anyone will intervene."
Thu 23 May
Dates & Times Thu 23 & Fri 24 May, 8pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Thu 23 May
jennawatt.co.uk @thejennawatt "A richly thoughtful show...with a quiet sense of poetry." ««««The Scotsman " An affable, generous, and beguiling performance, it packs a punch." ««««The Herald
Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award (2012)
Creative Scotland, Summerhall, Forest Fringe, The Basement, Camden People's Theatre, The Tron, The Arches, The Village Pub Theatre and We Are Magpie. Supported by the National Theatre of Scotland through their Bank of Scotland Pioneering Partnership. Photo by Eoin Carey
BLUE RAINCOAT THEATRE COMPANY
The Poor Mouth
By Flann O'Brien and adapted by Jocelyn Clarke
30 May – 1 June Director Niall Henry Composer Joe Hunt Cast Sandra O'Malley, John Carty, Ciaran McCauley, Nicola McEvilly and Jean Marie Perinetti Blue Raincoat Theatre Company complete their trilogy of adaptations for the stage by Jocelyn Clarke from the works of Flann O'Brien with this production of The Poor Mouth. O'Brien's darkly satirical piece on the Irish, their language and their culture tells the sad and funny tale of Bonaparte O'Cloonassa, his life and adventures, his triumphs...his like will never be seen again.
After Show Discussion Fri 31 May
Dates & Times Thu 30 May - Sat 1 Jun, 7.30pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off Thu 30 May
Nominated for two Irish Times Theatre Awards
blueraincoat.com @sligoraincoats “A production of huge charm and substance.” «««««Irish Examiner
Supported by Culture Ireland. Photo by Laura Hunt
Why Do You Stand There In The Rain? By Peter Arnott
31 May & 1 June Director Cathy Thomas-Grant Composer John Kielty Producer Alex Fthenakis In 1932, 25,000 unemployed First World War veterans occupied Washington DC to peacefully petition the government for promised relief. Hoover's relief? Drive the veterans out with bayonets, bullets, poison gas and fire. Featuring the music of legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie and his contemporaries, the students of Pepperdine University tell the story of the march of the Bonus Army: a national campaign for food, work and justice. A stylistic tribute to the Scottish Political Theatre tradition, this true story for here and now is told in the words and songs of those who were there. pepperdinedrama.com @peppscotland
Dates & Times Fri 31 May & Sat 1 Jun, 8pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off on Fri 31 May
Winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award (2012)
“Sets out on the political journey we all need to make if we want a future worth living in." ««««The Scotsman "Well worth its place in the best shows of this year's Fringe Festival.” «««««British Theatre Guide T2
Photo by Marina Moore
COMMUNICADO THEATRE COMPANY AND NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND
Adapted by David Harrower from the book by Roger Hutchinson
6 – 8 June Director Gerry Mulgrew Design Gordon Davidson Lighting design Sergey Jakovsky Calum's Road has become the stuff of modern folklore. It is the remarkable true story of one man's single-minded determination to challenge the powers-that-be. Based on Roger Hutchinson's elegiac book of the same name, Scots playwright David Harrower offers audiences the richly detailed and unhurried description of a dying way of life in Northern Raasay.
Dates & Times Thu 6 – Sat 8 Jun, 7.30pm Matinee Sat 8 Jun, 2.30pm Tickets Thu & matinee £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Fri & Sat £17.50 / £13.50 concession Traverse Theatre Club £3 off on Thu 6 June
Calum MacLeod, having battled the inaction of authorities on Raasay for years, sets off alone with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow to build a road that will connect up the island. His daughter has been forced to board at secondary school on Skye and now Calum’s not having it any more. He wants to turn the tide of neglect and indifference and keep his family - and community - together. @NTSscotland #calumsroad nationaltheatrescotland.com “Lyrical, musical and elegiac.” ««««The Guardian ««««The Scotsman
National Theatre of Scotland is core funded by the Scottish Government Photo by Colin Campbell
AJ Taudevin produced in association with The Tron, Scottish Refugee Council and supported by Stellar Quines
Some Other Mother by A J Taudevin
7 & 8 June Director Catrin Evans Producer Dani Rae High up in a Glasgow tower block, ten-year old Star and her mother await the outcome of their claim for asylum. As Mama’s mind fragments under the pressure of their unknown future, Star constructs a poetic and fantastical world of her own.
Dates & Times Fri 7 & Sat 8 Jun, 8pm Tickets £15.50 / £11.50 concession / £6 unemployed Traverse Theatre Club £3 off on Fri 7
Programmed at the heart of Refugee Week Scotland, Some Other Mother is a story of loss and survival which explores the traumatising impact of the asylum system, regardless of the outcome. Contains strong language.
refugeeweekscotland.com “The emotional impact is shattering and beautifully conveyed.” ««««The Scotsman (on Some Other Mother’s rehearsed reading).
Creative Scotland, Robin’s Fund, Scottish Refugee Council Photo by Robin Taudevin
9 June The Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) celebrates the best achievements in Scottish theatre. 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the awards and fittingly, this year, the ceremony is taking part at the Traverse Theatre, as part of our 50th celebrations.
Dates & Times Sun 9 Jun, 4pm Tickets £15
The Traverse is delighted to host Scotland’s only awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating theatre in Scotland. Previous winners range from David Tennant to Cora Bissett, from Blackbird to Black Watch and from Catherine Wheels to the National Theatre of Scotland. Join us for a glittering ceremony, as we celebrate the actors, directors, playwrights and other theatre artists who have made the most thrilling contributions of the year. The afternoon will start with canapés in the Traverse Bar, followed by the award ceremony in the theatre, presented by a celebrity host. After the CATS awards, the Traverse invites you to join our very special 50th birthday celebration party, which will start at 6pm in the Traverse Bar. criticsawards.theatrescotland.com
The CATS awards are sponsored by BBC Scotland Radio Drama, Equity, The Mackintosh Foundation, Northern Light, STV and W&P Longreach insurance brokers.
Young Writers' Group
Starts Mon 14 Jan, 4.30–6pm
Starts Mon 14 Jan, 7–9pm
Have you ever watched a play or TV programme and thought: “I could write a better script than this”?
Are you aged 18-25 and interested in theatre? Our fortnightly Young Writers' Group sessions are led by professional playwright Alan Wilkins and will give you a chance to learn about different aspects of writing plays and to develop your own writing.
Well now is your chance to have a go! If you are in S4-S6 and interested in creating theatre then Scribble is for you. Scribble is a fantastic playwriting programme which will give you the chance to work with professionals from the Traverse Theatre to discover the skills you need to write a play and help you turn your ideas into a great script! Further information and booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 228 3223
Further information and booking: This term has been the most popular yet so to find out how to book your place for next term (September 2013) email email@example.com
Spotlight on…Careers in Theatre
Tue 26 Feb, 10am–4pm
Sat 13 Apr, 11.30am
The Traverse Theatre, along with the Lyceum and Festival Theatres, is hosting a free interactive careers event aimed at 4th year pupils interested in pursuing a career in Theatre.
PlayGroup is the Traverse's book group - but for plays.
Spotlight on…Careers in Theatre is a fantastic opportunity for pupils and teachers to hear from a wide range of professionals working in theatre, to get an insight into their roles - and how they got them! Further information and booking: firstname.lastname@example.org
Traverse Teachers’ Social
For Primary and Secondary Teachers
Come and join us for a glass of wine and a ticket to see Quiz Show by Rob Drummond. An opportunity for you to get together to catch up with those you know, meet those you don’t and talk to the Traverse’s Engagement team about how we can support you and your pupils. Further information and booking: email@example.com or 0131 228 3223 FREE
Throughout Spring Writers need directors. Which is why we are continuing to run events for Emerging Directors especially as we had unprecedented interest in last season’s events. We are excited to present a new programme for our Spring Season in collaboration with leading theatre artists in Scotland while continuing our support of the JMK Award workshops. To register your interest in joining the group, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Scripts aren't provided by the Traverse but we are happy to help you find a copy. Further information and booking: email@example.com or 0131 228 3223
Wed 17 Apr, 6.30pm
The Emerging Directors
Led by a member of our engagement team, PlayGroup members will meet in our Bar Café to discuss a play by Rob Drummond before going to see a matinee performance of Quiz Show, for only £8.
TRAVERSE BAR CAFÉ The most iconic theatre bar in Scotland
Locally sourced Fresh ingredients Home baking
Locally sourced beers and ciders Traverse Ale Artisan Roast coffee
Free wifi Ideal for groups Family friendly
Bar Café Reservations 0131 228 5383
Traverse Sessions Trav-ial Pursuits
Trivia quiz with no sports round in sight.
Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 25, Apr 22, May 27 – 8pm Noisy Nights
Listen to some of Scotland's best contemporary classical musicians.
Feb 25, Apr 29 – 8pm
Mon – Sat 11am till late
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Our free music night returns in January, with our Wednesday and Thursday winter warmers. From March, when spring has sprung Traverse Sessions make a return to the familiar Monday night slot.
Pull up a pew and enjoy some of the best Edinburgh-based music in the relaxed atmosphere of our bar café. Dates Jan 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 Feb 27, 28 Mar 18 Apr 15 Jun 3 – 8pm
TRAVERSE COFFEE Traverse Coffee
Homemade eats and treats Fresh soup, salad and sandwiches Artisan Roast coffee
Mon – Fri 8am till 2.30pm
Find us near the Traverse Box Office
Fifty years of new
Midsummer [A Play with Songs], 2008
“The importance of the Traverse is difficult to overestimate… without the theatre, it is difficult to imagine Scottish playwriting at all.” The Sunday Times
Slab Boys, 1978
“The importance of the Traverse is difficult to overestimate…without the theatre, it is difficult to imagine Scottish playwriting at all.” The Sunday Times
The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society, 2012
Tilda Swinton in White Rose, 1985
Join the Traverse Theatre Club As a member of the legendary Traverse Theatre Club, you will help to ensure the continued success of Scotland's pioneering new writing theatre as we celebrate our 50th birthday this year.
Yearly membership levels: • Saltire Traverse 2 £25
Saltire 2 Membership costs just £25 a year and benefits include:
(Joint and gift memberships also available.)
• Club ticket offers on opening nights for up to four people including a further discount for concessions. • 10% off food and coffee in the Traverse Bar Café • Discounts on scripts and programmes.
• Saltire Traverse 1 £75 • Grassmarket £250
• Lawnmarket £500
Work in the arts or under 26? Special Club membership is available for only £5! We also welcome Corporate members. To join and for full details of all the benefits available at the different membership levels, please visit traverse.co.uk, call or email Box Office and Theatre Club Manager Jennifer Deane, on 0131 228 1404 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket savings in this brochure alone are worth £144 at Saltire 2 level. So join today! Lawnmarket members: Katie Bradford, Fiona Campbell, Lawrence Clark, Iain Millar, Gillian Moulton, Helen Pitkethly, Nicholas Pryor Grassmarket members: Joan Aitken, Richard Burtles, Karen Cameron, Mark Howitt, Margaret Jackson, John Knight OBE, Angus McLeod, Helen Ogilvy, Kate Osborne, Michelle Scott, Bridget Stevens, Gerard Welch, Dr Kenneth Wilkie Saltire Traverse One: Jane Attias, Richard Buckland, Fiona Byrne, Ann Caldwell, Adrian Clark, Dr Sally Cross, Andrew Davis, Billy Differ, Anne Dignan, Elizabeth Drummond, Brian Ferguson, Lynda K Haughney, Paul Holmes, Dale Idiens, Cathy Meils, Richard Parry, Cynthia & Ed Rahsman, Mike Ridings, Kristine Sander, Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Susan Tritton, Margaret Third, Georgia Thornton, Colin & Willa McWhannell, Val Wilson, Dr Peng Lee Yap
Scotland’s New Writing Theatre Since 1963 Registered in Scotland SC 076037 Registered charity No. SC 002368. VAT Registration No. 356 0682 47. Registered Office: Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
Support the Traverse Theatre! Help us to continue to shape the future cultural landscape of Scotland with new work that resonates across the world. Youâ€™ll be in good company. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their recent support:
Class Act would not be possible without the kind and generous support of Scott and Co., John Thaw Foundation, Edinburgh Airport Communities Fund, JTH Charitable Trust, Souter Trust and Craignish Trust.
Trusts And Foundations: The Binks Trust Public funders:
To find out more about supporting the Traverse, please contact Marketing Manager, Helen Davies 0131 228 3223 or email@example.com
Brochure design everyonelovescake.co.uk
Services at the Traverse
Sign Language Interpreted Performances Sign language interpretation is a way of communicating dialogue, songs and sound effects to provide access for British Sign Language users.
Access Copies of this brochure and an access guide are available in large print and audio formats from the Traverse Box Office or downloaded from traverse.co.uk Access – The Building
There are two theatres: Traverse 1 which seats around 200 and Traverse 2 which seats around 100. From the Cambridge Street entrance there is level access through two sets of automatic doors to the Ground Floor foyer where the Box Office is situated. There are adapted toilets on the Ground and Lower Ground Bar Café levels. There are 20 stairs from Ground Floor to the Bar Café, 29 stairs down from the Bar Café to Traverse 1 & Traverse 2. Please mention when booking if you require lift access to Traverse 1 or Traverse 2, then make yourself known to Front of House staff on arrival. The Front of House Manager will meet and accompany you to the theatre once the house is open and collect you at the end of the performance.
Artlink (Edinburgh and the Lothians) offers a companion service for people who have difficulty attending performances on their own. For more information please phone 0131 229 3555, type talk 18001 0131 229 3555 or go to artlinkedinburgh.co.uk
Audio Described Performances Audio description is a way of communicating the visual elements of a theatre production for blind and visually impaired people. Information is relayed as a live commentary to a personal headset via an infra-red transmitter. This ranges from character backgrounds, the appearance of the set and interactions during the performance. Touch Tours Touch tours give the opportunity to feel the structure and texture of the set, props and costumes. Hearing Enhancement Hearing enhancement is amplified sound to a personal headset via an infra-red transmitter. This service is suitable for low to moderate hearing loss and can be used in conjunction with existing hearing aids. Wheelchair Spaces We have four wheelchair spaces available over the two theatres. We can reserve a space and nearby seats for your guests.
Wheelchair Transfer We can reserve easily accessible seating if you’d prefer to transfer from your wheelchair to a seat.
Wheelchair Loan We have two wheelchairs available for you to borrow at the Traverse.
Accessible Seating and/or Lift Access If you’d like to avoid the stairs, we can arrange use of the lift and reserve appropriate seating in the front row. Aisle seating is also available. Guide and hearing dogs are welcome.
If you would like to use any of these services, please let the Box Office know at the time of booking on 0131 228 1404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org then make yourself known to the Front of House team on arrival, as they will be expecting you.
Season Diary Monday
Traverse Café Bar
Traverse Sessions, 8pm
Scribble, 4.30pm YWG, 7pm Quiz, 8pm
Scribble, 4.30pm YWG, 7pm
manipulate Visual Theatre Festival
Traverse Sessions, 8pm
Traverse Sessions, 8pm
Class Act, 7.30pm
50 Plays for Edinburgh, 7.30pm
manipulate Visual Theatre Festival Scribble, 4.30pm YWG, 7pm
YWG, 7pm Quiz, 8pm
3 Seconds: a Play, a Pie and a Pint, 1pm
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Found at Sea, 8pm
A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity: a Play, a Pie and a Pint, 1pm Traverse Sessions, 8pm
Noisy Nights, 8pm
A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity: a Play, a Pie and a Pint, 1pm
Traverse Sessions, 8pm
Clean: a Play, a Pie and a Pint, 1pm
White Rose, 7.30pm
Most Favoured: a Play, a Pie and a Pint, 1pm
What Are They Like?, 7pm
My Name is Rachel Corrie, 7.30pm
16 4.30pm & 7pm
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Channel 4 & Òran Mór Comedy Drama Award: a Play, a Pie and a Pint, 1pm
Chapel Street & Bitch Boxer, 8pm
Quiz Show, 7.30pm
Season Diary Monday
Quiz Show, 7.30pm
Quiz Show, 7.30pm
Haggis Hunting: a conference on 50 Years of New Playwriting in Scotland
YWG, 7pm Quiz Show, 7.30pm Traverse Sessions, 8pm
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Scratch the Fifty 8pm
Four decades: Scottish Society of Playwrights - a week of celebration
2.30pm & 7.30pm
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Noisy Nights, 8pm
Platform 18, 7pm
Imaginate Children's Festival Imaginate Children's Festival Imaginate Children's Festival
The Bear, 7.30pm
Imaginate Children's Festival Words, Words, Words, 7.30pm Quiz, 8pm
First Love, 7.30pm Fl창neurs, 8pm
The Poor Mouth, 7.30pm
Why Do You Stand There In The Rain, 8pm
The Poor Mouth, 7.30pm
Why Do You Stand There In The Rain, 8pm
Traverse Sessions, 8pm
Calum's Road, 7.30pm
2.30pm & 7.30pm
Some Other Mother, 8pm
CATS AWARDS SUN 9 JUNE
Edinburgh International Film Festival starts 19 June.
Sign Language Interpreted
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0.3 miles from Lothian Bus services on Lothian Road. 1, 10, 11, 15, 15A, 16, 22, 25, 30, 34, N8, N22 N30, N31, X25
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Trains 0.8 miles from Waverley Train Station 0.6 miles from Haymarket Train Station
4 blue badge bays on Cambridge Street 0.2 miles from Castle Terrace Car Park. Pay & Display on-street parking in surrounding streets
Drop off point at main entrance to Traverse Theatre 0.1 miles from Taxi rank on Lothian Road outside Sheraton Hotel
traverse.co.uk 0131 228 1404
Traverse Theatre Spring brochure 2013 - featuring programme events in the theatre's fiftieth year.