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Spring 10

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Welcome to the Traverse’s Spring Season From the outside it’s tricky to see the Traverse at the moment. The metal fences, the bulldozers and the cranes that have accompanied the re-furbishment of the Usher Hall have nearly obliterated us from view. But I am delighted that, once inside, you will find a theatre presenting work that is as exhilarating, challenging and experimental as it has ever been during the theatre’s 47 year history. Inside your brochure you will find details of our new spring season. It is an explosive mix of new drama, comedy, music and dance, including work for young people and workshops for people of different ages who want to try their hand at writing plays. Manipulate, our Festival of Puppetry returns, as does the Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival, the UK’s largest performing arts festival in Europe for children and young people. Brand new to the Traverse, but hopefully a yearly fixture, is a season of new works from Scottish Opera. You’ll see a couple of classics have sneaked their way into the programme too – Three Sisters and The Government Inspector. Two great plays that continue to speak to us about the world we live in today. There are three of our own shows this season. I am delighted to be directing the Scottish premiere of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

by Edward Albee, a very funny and shocking play about the taboos we impose on society. This is followed by a wonderful new Traverse commission by Linda McLean called Any Given Day (see page 4). We have introduced new Traverse Loyalty Tickets to allow you to see both of these plays for £16 (£10 Concessions). We hope you’ll take advantage of this offer to enjoy the range of Traverse Theatre Company productions. This also includes, earlier in the season, the continuation of our strand of experimental new work – Traverse Too – with What We Know, by Pamela Carter. Our season of lunchtime plays last year was such a success that we have decided to do it again. Five new plays by major Scottish writers will premiere at Óran Mòr in Glasgow before coming to the Traverse. As usual, a pie and a pint are included in the price of your ticket. You can be guaranteed a really warm welcome at the Traverse this spring. And as we head towards summer I know you’ll enjoy our newly-landscaped cultural quarter, courtesy of the City of Edinburgh Council, reflecting the quality and excitement of the performances happening within it.

See you there! Dominic Hill Artistic Director

Jessie the Goat, Courtesy of Gorgie City Farm (front cover & page 3) photo credit: Laurence Winram

Photo credit: Robbie Jack

SCOTLAND’S NEW WRITING THEATRE – EXHILARATING, CHALLENGING, EXPERIMENTAL


SPRING SEASON 2010 TRAVERSE ONE SCOTTISH PREMIERE

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Traverse Theatre Company

Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 21 April – 8 May Previews 17 – 20 April

“Unquestionably one of the wittiest and funniest plays Albee has ever written... truly fascinating... enthralling.” New York Post

Directed by Dominic Hill The sense that everything’s going right is a sure sense that everything’s going wrong. Stevie and Martin are still blissfully happy after all these years. He’s turning fifty and celebrating his achievements as an architect, a husband and a father. She’s never been more content with their perfect life. But Martin has a secret that threatens to blow everything apart. A taboo-busting comedy, Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? was a massive hit on Broadway. It earned Albee the Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Edward Albee is one of the greatest living playwrights in the World. His plays include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Zoo Story and Three Tall Women. The Traverse is delighted to be producing the Scottish premiere of this rarely performed masterpiece. Contains adult themes.

Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Limited

Photo credit: Laurence Winram

PREVIEWs: Saturday 17, Tuesday 20 April (7.30pm), Sunday 18 April (6pm)

Dates & Times: Wednesday 21 April – Saturday 8 May (7.30pm), Sunday 25 April & 2 May (6pm) (not Mondays). Matinees Wednesday 28 April, Wednesday 5 & Saturday 8 May (2.30pm).

Tickets: Previews £8 (£5 Concessions), Tuesday - Thursday, Sundays & Matinees £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed), Friday & Saturday £16 (£12 Concessions).

HOT TICKETS: Limited number of discounted tickets, £8 (£5 Concessions) on Wednesday 21 April when bought before Wednesday 14 April.

(see page 4) before Saturday 10 April. (Limited number of discounted tickets available for performances Sunday – Thursday. Excludes Friday

NEW! TRAVERSE LOYALTY TICKETS: Two shows for £16 (£10 Concessions). Buy your tickets for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Any Given Day & Saturday evenings and matinees.)

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 22 April

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 27 April (7.30pm)

SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 27 April (7.30pm)


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TRAVERSE TWO WORLD PREMIERE Traverse Theatre Company

Any Given Day

“McLean has quietly established herself as one of Scotland’s top women playwrights” The Scotsman

by Linda McLean 1 – 19 June Previews 29 & 30 May

Directed by Dominic Hill Nothing we do on this day is wrong. Whatever we chose. No blame. No judgement. It’s just what we do. This is a big day for Sadie and Bill; their favourite person is coming to visit. They’ve gone to great lengths to prepare for the occasion and have everything they need: cheese, ham, tea, milk, butter and Garibaldi biscuits. Everything is going just as planned, until they realise they’ve forgotten the bread. No sandwiches without bread. No bread without going outside. Oh oh. It’s an even bigger day for Jackie; and not one she’d anticipated. This one turned up right out of the blue. And was delivered by the most unlikely of people, her boss Dave. He thinks she should make the most of it. She doesn’t know if she can any more; too many people depend on her. Any Given Day is a searing, poetic and hard-hitting new play from one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. It explores our fear of the unknown and our guilt and responsibility towards ourselves and others. Linda McLean’s plays for the Traverse include strangers, babies, Shimmer, Olga (from the original Finnish play by Laura Ruohonen) and One Good Beating. Other theatre includes Happy Yet?, Word for Word, The Last Mission, Riddance, The Price of a Good Dinner and Like Water for Chocolate.

Photo credit: Laurence Winram

PREVIEWs: Saturday 29 (8pm) Sunday 30 May (6pm)

Dates & Times: Tuesday 1 – Saturday 19 June (8pm) (not Mondays) Matinees Saturday 12 & Thursday 17 June (2.30pm) Sunday 6 & 13 June (6pm)

Tickets: Previews £8 (£5 Concessions), Tuesday – Thursday, Sundays & Matinees £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed), Friday & Saturday £16 (£12 Conc).

HOT TICKETS: Limited number of discounted tickets, £8 (£5 Concessions), on Tuesday 1 June, when bought before Tuesday 25 May.

Saturday 10 April. (Limited number of discounted tickets available for performances Sunday – Thursday. Excludes Friday & Saturday evenings

NEW! TRAVERSE LOYALTY TICKETS: Two shows for £16 (£10 Concessions). Buy your tickets for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Any Given Day before and matinees.)

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Wednesday 2 June

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 9 June 8pm

SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 9 June 8pm


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TRAVERSE TWO WORLD PREMIERE EK PERFORMANCE AND TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

What We Know

by Pamela Carter 19 - 27 Feb

Previews 17 & 18 February

Written and Directed by Pamela Carter Co-designed by Pamela Carter and Nick Millar Lighting by Nigel Edwards Sound Design by Fi Johnston You’re a grown-up. You are the master of your own destiny. There’s no-one telling you to eat your peas. No-one telling you to wash behind your ears. Lucy has lost something very important. He was there one moment, then gone the next, leaving her with a pile of half-cooked food and a collection of invited (and uninvited) guests. As Lucy acclimatises to her new situation, the audience is absorbed, along with her and her visitors, into an intimate and sensory experience. What We Know is a funny, painful, absurd, bewildering and deeply moving new play presented in a unique and innovative style. Pamela Carter’s EK Performance produces new work for theatre. Pamela wrote An Argument About Sex, last season’s co-production between untitled projects, Traverse Theatre Company and Tramway. What We Know is supported by Scottish Arts Council project funds,

The McGlashan Charitable Trust and the Playwrights Studio Scotland.

Kate Dickie who plays Lucy in What We Know. Photo Credit Laurence Winram

What We Know is part of the Traverse Too programme.

Traverse Too is a chance for you to experience new, experimental, off-the-wall work by both our newest and more established writers. The tickets are cheaper and in turn, we spend a little less on the productions. You can still be sure that the experience will be as exciting as you would expect from the Traverse. David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s Midsummer [a play with songs] was our first Traverse Too production in 2008.

PREVIEWs: Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 February (8pm)

Dates & Times: Friday 19 – Saturday 27 February (8pm) (not Mondays) Matinees Wed 24 Feb & Sat 27 Feb (2.30pm)

Tickets: Previews £5, Sunday – Thursday & Saturday matinee £8 (Unemployed £5), Friday & Saturday evening £12 (Unemployed £8) AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 23 February (8pm)

SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 23 February (8pm)

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Wednesday 24 February, following 8pm performance


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Puppet Animation Scotland IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TRAVERSE THEATRE

Tuesday 2 February TRAVERSE ONE 7.30pm CIRCOLANDO (PORTUGAL)

QUARTO INTERIOR Without words and with elements of dance and poetry, rooms beyond geometry are entered and explored.

VISUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL #3

2 – 6 FEB 2010 1945

TRAVERSE 2 9.30pm MISCHA TWITCHIN (ENGLAND)

1945

What can we discover from supposing that the end of WWII in 1945 didn’t occur until 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall? Or, indeed, that we still await 1989? A sound sculpture by George Tomlinson and Mischa Twitchin.

Wednesday 3 February

Date & Time: Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 February (7.30 & 9.30pm) Tickets: 7.30pm performances £13(£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed), 9.30pm performances £6(£4 Concessions)

Save: buy a ticket for a 7.30pm performance and get a discount of £2 if you buy a ticket for the 9.30pm performance the same evening

SALTO.LAMENTO

TRAVERSE ONE 7.30pm FIGURENTHEATER TÜBINGEN (GERMANY)

SALTO.LAMENTO: OR... THE NOCTURNAL SIDE OF AFFAIRS Inspired by the artistic tradition of the Dance of the Dead, from medieval iconography, a powerful cycle of poetic metamorphoses unfolds.


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EXPLORATIONS OF LOVE, DEATH AND POWER TOOLS

TRAVERSE TWO 9.30pm Various

EXPLORATIONS OF LOVE, DEATH AND POWER TOOLS Seven animated films that crackle with juxtapositions and bristle with conflict.

Thursday 4 February

RENAISSANCE

TRAVERSE TWO 9.30PM DIR. CHRISTIAN VOLCKMAN (FRANCE, 2006)

RENAISSANCE

In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded and people want to live forever or die trying. CERT. 15

Saturday 6 February TRAVERSE ONE 7.30PM TRUKITREK (SPAIN)

HOTEL CRAB

A sparkling, fast moving caper without words – a fantastical comedy full of surprises, passions and misunderstandings.

THE GREAT PUPPET HORN

TRAVERSE TWO 7.30PM VARIOUS & PANGOLIN’S TEATIME (SCOTLAND)

SNAPSHOTS: CREATION & PLAY

1ST HALF Creative Opportunities: Six Scottish based artists with a passion for puppetry have each created a piece of visual theatre. The only stipulation – that each piece lasts no longer than four minutes... 2ND HALF The Great Puppet Horn: Come to The Giant Puppet Horn for tales bizarre and comic presented in the monochrome glory of the shadow screen.

Friday 5 February TRAVERSE ONE 7.30PM Little Angel Theatre & Puppet Grinder Present

$9.99

TRAVERSE TWO 9.30PM DIR. TATIA ROSENTHAL (ISRAEL/AUSTRALIA, 2008)

$9.99

Based on the short stories of Etgar Keret, $9.99 is a stop motion animated feature which offers slightly less than $10 worth about the meaning of life.

Puppet Grinder Cabaret

An eclectic mix of live puppetry and animation where the only predictable thing is that compere and acts will be completely unpredictable...

www.manipulatefestival.org


SPRING SEASON 2010 8

TRAVERSE TWO WORLD PREMIERE TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY/ÓRAN MÒR

A Play, A Pie and A Pint 2 March – 3 April

Following the huge success of our previous collaboration, the Traverse is delighted to once again team up with Glasgow’s Óran Mòr to present the acclaimed lunchtime theatre programme, A Play, A Pie and A Pint. For £10 you get the perfect lunchtime experience – a short play, a pie and a drink (the pint is optional!) The season will feature five new plays by some of the country’s most talented writers: Simon Stephens, Graham Eatough & Maggie Rose, Ella Hickson, Gregory Burke and Zinnie Harris. Bon appetit! “A Play, A Pie and A Pint lunchtime season at Óran Mòr has emerged as a real theatre phenomenon of our time - fun, informal, buzzing with creativity.” The Scotsman

Full Edinburgh schedule: Heaven

by Simon Stephens, Directed by Dominic Hill Tues 2 - Sat 6 Mar (1pm)

The Shattered Head

by Graham Eatough and Maggie Rose, Directed by Graham Eatough Tues 9 – Sat 13 Mar (1pm)

Soup

by Ella Hickson Tues 16 – Sat 20 Mar (1pm)

Battery Farm

by Gregory Burke, Directed by David MacLennan Tues 23 – Sat 27 Mar (1pm)

The Garden

Written and Directed by Zinnie Harris Tues 30 Mar – Sat 3 April (1pm) For details of the programme at Óran Mòr see www.playpiepint.com

Dates & Times: Tuesday 2 March – Saturday 3 April (1pm)

Tickets: £10 (includes a play, a pie and a pint of Theakston’s Smooth Dark or John Smith’s Smooth, 175ml glass of wine, regular glass of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Lemonade or Orange Juice)


SPRING SEASON 2010 TRAVERSE ONE SCOTTISH Premiere

TRAVERSE ONE SCOTTISH Premiere

A SPYMONKEY CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE ROYAL AND DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON

TOM DALE COMPANY

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Spymonkey’s Moby Dick Roam 20 Feb

10 – 13 Feb

Choreographed by Tom Dale

Spymonkey’s Moby Dick is a glorious mis-telling of the Herman Melville novel. Four actors find themselves trapped in the belly of a literary monster. Will Ahab’s thirst for revenge be unhinged by the well-meaning but staggeringly inept attentions of his crew? Now that he has found true love, is Ishmael still fated to be the sole survivor of the Pequod? What does a Bavarian cannibal harpooneer eat? And how does a mermaid figurehead get pregnant? Spymonkey’s award-winning brand of comedy is a 21st Century mix of Monty Python, Marx Brothers and The Goons, overflowing with brilliant characters, visual humour, slapstick comedy and outrageous naughtiness that has delighted audiences around the world.

A captivating journey by five dancers into a world of swinging sub bass and complex percussion, Roam features specially commissioned tracks from maverick producer/ composer Shackleton and drum and bass outfit Sion, and incorporates the work of poet Rick Holland. The mind’s eye dies for access to the million chambers we leave unlit, undiscovered in our daily flit for living, a home for the deep-sea fish who glow and sense… Roam. Roam takes as its starting point the human requirement to explore and experience.

Dates & Times: Wednesday 10 – Saturday 13 February (7.30pm) Matinee Saturday 13 February (2.30pm)

Choreographer Tom Dale uses raw, aggressive and visceral movement and refined precision to create dynamic and unpredictable dance. His background in electronic music and its subcultures has influenced the company’s creative process. Tom’s choreographic work includes Eddystone Raver, created to music by Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher), and stage pieces including Rise, I Infinite, Dual and Spheres.

Concessions/£5 Unemployed), Friday and Saturday evening £16

Date & Time: Saturday 20 February (7.30pm)

“Gloriously anarchic, constantly entertaining. Inspired comic misrule. Moby Dick will give you a whale of a time.” The Times

Tickets: Wednesday - Thursday and Saturday matinee £13 (£8 (£12 Concessions)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions)

on Wednesday 10 February when bought before Wednesday 3 February.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

Tickets: £16 (£12 Concessions)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) when bought before Saturday 13 February.

Supported by Laban Theatre, Dance Digital, DanceXchange, The Garrick Charitable Trust and Arts Council England.

www.spymonkey.co.uk

Photo Credit: Corne Van Der Stelt

www.tomdale.org.uk

Photo credit: Stephen Berkeley White


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TRAVERSE ONE WORLD Premiere

TRAVERSE ONE WORLD Premiere

RANDOM ACCOMPLICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TRON THEATRE

COMMUNICADO IN A CO-PRODUCTION WITH THE TRON THEATRE

Promises Promises by Douglas Maxwell

The Government Inspector

25 – 27 Feb

by Nikolai Gogol, adapted by Adrian Mitchell

9 – 11 March

Directed by Johnny McKnight

Directed by Gerry Mulgrew Maggie Brodie is back for a few days supply teaching. It’s going to be a tough day – the headmaster is an idiot, her work colleagues are fools and Maggie’s craving for alcohol is great. Then there’s Rosie – 6-years old, red shoes, refusing to speak, believed to be possessed. Maggie needs to take action. Drastic action

Bribes, mis-directed contracts, mis-allocation of public money, fiddled expenses. Panic. Sound familiar?

Douglas Maxwell’s tense new thriller combines a specially composed soundtrack and integrated projection to make Promises Promises an unmissable theatrical event. “One of Scotland’s most challenging, inventive and – crucially – popularly accepted playwrights.” The Financial Times Dates & Times: Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 February (7.30pm) Tickets: Thursday £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed)

Gerry Mulgrew directs this feisty adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic satire on bureaucracy and human vanity. A penniless nobody from the big city arrives in a small town, where he is mistaken for the all-powerful government inspector by its corrupt and self-serving officials. A hilarious and vicious exposé of those in (petty) power, in this age of abuses of office, banking crises and duck islands, The Government Inspector is more timely than ever. A swingeing, fast-paced black comedy the production features live music played by the company on electric balalaikas and mouth organs.

Friday and Saturday £16 (£12 Concessions)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) on Thursday 25 February when bought before Thursday 18 February.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 25 February

One of Scotland ’s most respected and trailblazing theatre companies, Communicado present The Government Inspector with all their well known brio and musical invention. “An innovative and daring company.” The Herald Dates & Times: Tuesday 9 – Thursday 11 March (7.30pm); matinee Wednesday 10 March (2.30pm) Tickets: £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) for Tuesday 9 March when bought before Tuesday 2 March.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students

www.randomaccomplice.com

Photo credit: Niall Walker

www.communicadotheatre.co.uk

Photo credit: Derek Mark Chapman


SPRING SEASON 2010 TRAVERSE ONE

TRAVERSE ONE

COMPANY CHORDELIA

HEBRIDES ENSEMBLE

Les Amoureux (The Lovers)

Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg

Directed & Choreographed by Kally Lloyd-Jones Based on a short story by Angela Carter

Directed by William Conway

Associate Director Linda McLaughlin Designer Tom Rogers Lighting Designer Grahame Gardner

Speaker Sylvie Rohrer Violin Alexander Janiczek Viola Catherine Marwood Flute/Piccolo Alison Mitchell Clarinet/Bass Clarinet Yann Ghiro Piano Philip Moore

12 March

13 March

In a faded, tattered oncewedding dress, the Countess is a reluctant huntress. Neither alive nor dead, she is condemned forever to slake a thirst that will not let her rest. She turns over a tarot card. For the first time ever, she has drawn Les Amoureux. A handsome young soldier arrives to change her world, bringing young life and the possibility of love. Company Chordelia’s production of Les Amoureux is based around Angela Carter’s short story The Lady of The House of Love. Carter’s incredible gothic imagery has inspired this visceral, theatrical story of love, life and death which combines dance and physical theatre with opera. A musical mix of Chopin, Fauré, Shostakovich, Philip Glass and others feeds into the accompanying score. “Admirable in both its originality and its ambition…..the kind of production we see too little of on the Scottish stage.” The Sunday Herald Date & Time: Friday 12 March (7.30pm)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) when bought before Friday 5 March.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+

www.chordelia.co.uk

Pierrot is intoxicated by the moon. Alone in his disturbed and insular world, he spirals into a violent nightmare dominated by dark poetic imagery. Descending further into murderous and violent thoughts before returning home, he is once more transfixed by the moonlight. At its 1912 premiere, this seminal work had Berlin audiences captivated, spellbound by Pierrot. Written during a period of Expressionism and at the height of composer Schoenberg’s friendship with Kandinsky, the work is full of unusual combinations of instruments. Its originality in borrowing from the past whilst creating a unique hybrid of artistic expression still sounds highly modern today. The programme includes works by Chopin, Debussy, Beamish and a brand new commission by young Scottish composer, Helen Grime. “Few concerts come more stimulating than this.” The Scotsman Date & Time: Saturday 13 March (7.30pm)

Tickets: £16 (£12 Concessions)

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Tickets: £16 (£12 Concessions)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) when bought before Saturday 6 March.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Saturday 13 March

Photo credit: Lynne Connor

www.hebridesensemble.org.uk

Photo credit: Georg Soulek


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TRAVERSE ONE EUROPEAN PREMIERE

TRAVERSE ONE SCOTTISH PREMIERE

ATC, DRUM THEATRE PLYMOUTH AND THE YOUNG VIC

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH and FILTER

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Three Sisters 24 – 27 March

17 – 20 March

Designer Patrick Burnier Lighting Designer Mike Gunning Music and Sound Design Manuel Pinheiro Eurydice is in love with Orpheus. Her dead father has advice for her wedding but his letters can’t get through to the land of the living. At last one does. With her father’s words in her hand, she crashes down a flight of stairs and wakes in the underworld, her memory wiped. How will she ever get home?

Hope, despair and vodka.

Alice in Wonderland meets Greek myth in this playful and heart-breaking American take on a timeless tale of loss, grief and redemption by the celebrated US playwright Sarah Ruhl. Eurydice is created by the team behind the multi-award winning hit The Brothers Size, seen at the Traverse in 2008.    “The most moving exploration of the theme of loss that the American theater has produced.” The New York Times “Trio of tight, deliberate and highly choreographed performances combine with a strong and equally calculated script to create a top theatrical treat… an exciting and passionate piece” The Scotsman on The Brothers Size. Dates & Times: Wednesday 17 March – Saturday 20 March (7.30pm); Matinee Saturday 20 March (2.30pm)

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

Directed by Sean Holmes and Filter By Anton Chekhov A new version by Christopher Hampton

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) on Wednesday 17 March when bought before Wednesday 10 March.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students

Frustrated by their small-town existence, the Prozorov family long to return to Moscow. But as relationships, duty and misguided optimism take hold they soon find their dreams drifting further away from them. Fusing imaginative staging, evocative physicality and Filter’s trademark use of sound, this brand new production distils the essence of Chekhov’s classic. Following their hit show Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), exhilarating theatre company Filter and the Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes delve beneath the surface to explore one family’s search for ever elusive happiness. Sean directed the Traverse’s hugely successful Festival co-production of Pornography by Simon Stephens. “Filter is a company blessed with wit, style and a touch of magic.” **** Daily Telegraph Dates & Times: Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 March (7.30pm); Matinees Thursday 25 March and Saturday 27 March (2.30pm)

Tickets: Wednesday, Thursday & Matinees £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed) Friday & Saturday evening £16 (£12 Concessions)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) on Wednesday 24 March when bought before Wednesday 17 March.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Wednesday 24 March

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Friday 19 March

www.atctheatre.com

Photo credit: Robert Workman

www.lyric.co.uk

Photo credit: ON Studio


SPRING SEASON 2010 TRAVERSE ONE WORLD Premiere

TRAVERSE TWO

SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE (SDT)

FITTINGS MULTIMEDIA ARTS, SOUNDS OF PROGRESS & TRON THEATRE

NQR* by Janet Smith, Caroline Bowditch and Marc Brew The Life and Times of Girl A by Ben Duke 1 – 3 April

Performing two new works, SDT, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company makes a welcome return to the Traverse with NQR* and The Life and Times of Girl A.

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Raspberry by Garry Robson & Leigh Stirling

8 – 10 April

Directed by Gordon Dougall Oi! Oi! In a small wee town where tin was shaped and forged, a blacksmith had a daughter not quite the trim. Rita was a bit different.

Created by Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Janet Smith, Caroline Bowditch and Marc Brew, NQR* is a chance to look at and think about difference, differently. It examines our irrepressible eccentricities that defy all our attempts to fit into the mold. Not Quite Right - Acronym formally used in medical records to describe unexplained difference.

Ben Duke’s The Life and Times of Girl A tells the story of a woman trying to tell us something. What she needs is a film crew and a financier, what she’s got is a stage and some dancers. Duke’s work highlights those moments we all have of emotional and financial crisis – when all we need is to use less to say more. “One of the best dance companies around.” The Stage

Now as far as the blacksmith was concerned this was a cosmic joke too far, so he set about changing things. He tried to bend and shape her like a Uri Geller spoon. And that’s how it would have gone on if Spasticus and the Rays hadn’t come along and changed just about everything… Inspired by the life and songs of Ian Dury, Raspberry is a juicily gothic piece of music theatre that muses on the idea of perfection and perfectability. “The show is driven along by half-a-dozen wild and cracking songs, superbly sung. And you only have to glance at the strength and conviction of the three central performances... to know that Robson has struck a rich seam of theatrical energy, with talent to burn.” The Scotsman Dates & Times: Thursday 8 April – Saturday 10 April (8pm)

Tickets: Thursday £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed) Friday Dates & Times: Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 April (7.30pm)

& Saturday £16 (£12 Concessions)

£16 (£12 Concessions)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 16+

Tickets: Thursday £13 (£8 Concessions/£5 Unemployed) Friday & Saturday

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) on Thursday 1 April when bought before Thursday 25 March.

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) on Thursday 8 April when bought before Thursday 1 April.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AGE RECOMMENDATION: 11+

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 1 April

www.scottishdancetheatre.com

Photo credit: Scottish Dance Theatre

www.fittings.org.uk www.sop.org.uk

Photo credit: Imran Ali


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TRAVERSE TWO

TRAVERSE ONE WORLD Premiere

QUEEN MARGARET UNIVERSITY & TELFORD COLLEGE

SCOTTISH OPERA

Another Leap!

Five: 15 Operas Made in Scotland

6 – 7 May

Following the success of last year’s A Leap performances, Queen Margaret University 3rd Year Directors have once again leapt into the dark of the Traverse’s archive and emerged with gems from established writers and newcomers, some seen before, some not. They are once again joined by final year HND acting students from Edinburgh’s Telford College to offer an exciting glimpse of the Scottish theatre makers of the future.   Dates & Times: Thursday 6 – Friday 7 May (8pm) Tickets: £10 (£6 Concessions/£4 Unemployed)

20 – 22 May

Scottish Opera delivers a refreshingly different take on a traditional art form. Building on two years of critically acclaimed collaborations, five more teams of writers and composers drawn from Scotland’s vibrant creative industries produce five new short works with a range of styles and themes. Many, though leaders in their chosen field, have never written opera before. This is opera at its most intimate and engaging. Performed by eight singers and a small orchestra, all five pieces are presented in one sitting. It’s guaranteed to surprise and sure to get you talking - which will be your favourites this year? Keep an eye on Scottish Opera’s website for news about who’s taking part. Dates & Times: Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 May (7.30pm) Tickets: £15

Sponsored by Accenture.

www.qmu.ac.u

www.scottishopera.org.uk


SPRING SEASON 2010 15

TRAVERSE TWO WORLD Premiere double bill THE ARCHES

Platform 18: The Arches New Work Award 20 – 23 May Photo credit: Richard Poet (www.richardpoet.co.uk)

GARRY MCNAIR

GLAS(S) PERFORMANCE

By Gary McNair

Directed and Devised by Jess Thorpe and Tashi Gore

How Soon is Nigh? Gary McNair is a performer/director who has performed his work at several venues across the UK. In 2008 – 09 he was an Associate of the National Theatre of Scotland. Throughout time there have been many predictions as to when The End will come: at Christ’s Crucifixion; during the Cuban Missile Crisis; at the turn of the Millennium. In this new solo performance, McNair studies the history of and the farce to be found in the subject of the apocalypse. They say the end is nigh, but how soon is nigh? “Think Einstein. Think Blue Peter. McNair’s talent for turning hilarious gambits into instances of genuinely moving and profound insight into his - and our - humanity is a joy to watch. He is a welcome force on the performance scene.” ****The Herald

Hand Me Down

A photographic memory Thick brown hair that goes frizzy in the rain A cameo brooch that belonged to my grandmother Erratic hand gestures An obsession with list making and thank you letters Small Ears Asthma Determination The ability to achieve ten things before breakfast The knowledge that it’s always important to wear clean underwear as you never really know when you might have an accident… …These are just some of the things I got from my mother

Photo credit: Kevin Low

Glas(s) Performance is a Glasgow based theatre company that works with real people in the place of fictional characters to tell stories that explore every day human experiences. Hand Me Down is an original performance piece in collaboration with a group of women from one family in Glasgow. “It’s not just one of the best things I’ve seen in Edinburgh this year, but one of the best pieces I’ve seen anywhere – tender, true and brutally honest. It is a brilliant and exhilarating piece of theatre.” The Guardian on Chip (2009) DATES & TIMES: Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 May (7.15pm) Sunday 23 May (6pm) TICKETS: Thursday & Sunday £13 (£8 Concessions/ £5 Unemployed) Friday & Saturday £16/£12 Concessions SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students

The Arches is committed to supporting groundbreaking work and is renowned as the venue in Scotland that defines artistic bravery and risk taking. Platform 18 aims to support the UK’s best emergent theatre makers and offer them a unique opportunity to stage a fully funded production at the Arches and Traverse. Platform 18 Selection Panel: Jackie Wylie (Arches), Dominic Hill (Traverse), Ben Harrison (Grid Iron) and Caroline Newall (National Theatre of Scotland). www.thearches.co.uk


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TRAVERSE ONE UK PREMIERE

TRAVERSE ONE WORLD Premiere

BLUE RAINCOAT THEATRE COMPANY

RED NOTE ENSEMBLE

The Third Policeman

A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

by Flann O’Brien, adapted by Jocelyn Clarke 3 – 5 June

Directed by Niall Henry Design by Jamie Vartan

9 June

Poem by Hugh MacDiarmid Music by Bill Sweeney Conducted by Jessica Cottis

Written by Flann O’Brien in 1939 but published posthumously in 1967, The Third Policeman is set in rural Ireland, narrated by a man with no name. Orphaned and sent away to boarding school, he becomes a fanatically dedicated student of the scientist and philosopher, de Selby. One night he breaks his leg under mysterious circumstances. “If you like, it was broken for me”. The Third Policeman features bicycles that are half human; humans that are half bicycle, a murder and a most unusual village police force. It is at once a murder mystery, a hilarious comedy, a fable of eternal grief, a love story and a surreal vision of eternity.   “A sparkling upbeat production that sent shivers down my spine, transporting the audience into an unpredictable world of galloping old men, bicycles, invisible boxes, an industrial eternity and a house so full of strawberry jam that the doors won’t close.” Sunday Business Post

The nervous thistle’s shiverin like A horse’s skin aneth a cleg, Or Northern Lichts or lustres o A soul that Daith has fastened on, Or mornin eftir the night afore Shudderin thistle gie owre, gie owre. Hugh MacDiarmid A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

Hugh MacDiarmid’s poem, with its infamously thrawn narrator, is set to music of huge imagination and vibrancy by Glasgow composer Bill Sweeney and performed by one of Scotland’s finest contemporary music ensembles, Red Note. This is a night of humour, inebriation, beauty, politicallycharged comment and wild musical and literary invention. Date & Time: Wednesday 9 June (7.30pm)

Tickets: £13 (£8 concessions/£5 unemployed)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) when bought before Wednesday 2 June.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students A Scottish Arts Council Tune Up Tour

Dates & Times: Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 June (7.30pm)

Tickets: Thursday £13 (£8 concessions/£5 unemployed) Friday & Saturday £16 (£12 Concessions)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) on Thursday 3 June when bought before Thursday 27 May.

SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+

www.blueraincoat.com

Photo credit: Jonathan Hill

Illustration by: Conrad Molleson


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THE SCOTTISH FLUTE TRIO

Soundstreams 19 June

Young Traverse The Traverse is growing in popularity as a venue for families and young people to enjoy the best new writing produced specially for them, in a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere. Under 18s are now welcome at the Traverse Theatre and Bar Café at any time, provided food is being served (usually until 9pm).

In collaboration with the Scottish Arts Council Youth Music Initiative, Soundstreams is an innovative new educational project developed and run by the Scottish Flute Trio to allow young people from a variety of schools or community groups to develop their composition skills. Led by the professional composers, Soundstreams delivers workshops and demonstrations to students to assist them with developing their own pieces. This performance features new compositions by the professional composers currently involved in the project – John Harris, Kenneth Dempster and Pippa Murphy. In addition to the commissions, the ensemble will also be performing a selection of the best of the student pieces, showcasing some of Scotlands up-and-coming young composers. Dates & Times: Saturday 19 June (7.30pm) Tickets: £16 (£12 concessions)

HOT Tickets: Limited number of discounted tickets £8 (£5 Concessions) when bought before Saturday 12 June.

www.scottishflutetrio.com

The following pages have details of our fantastic season for young people. Andy Cannon’s hugely popular Saturday Stories returns to entertain over-fives, while Ben Rice’s beautiful tale Pobby and Dingan is brought to the stage for four nights in March, with a chance to meet Artistic Director of Catherine Wheels, Gill Robertson, in a post show discussion. Last year, with Visible Fictions, the Traverse Theatre Company staged its first Christmas show, Zorro, a swashbuckling adventure written by Davey Anderson. We’re delighted to be continuing this new tradition into Christmas 2010, with The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain, a new play for young audiences by the acclaimed Scottish playwright, Chris Hannan. Booking opens mid-January.


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TRAVERSE TWO WORLD Premiere

TRAVERSE ONE WORLD Premiere

ANDY CANNON

CATHERINE WHEELS THEATRE COMPANY IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRUNTON THEATRE, MUSSELBURGH

Andy Cannon’s Saturday Stories

Pobby and Dingan by Ben Rice 3 – 6 March

27 Feb & 27 March

Happy stories, sad stories, silly stories, spooky stories, big stories and Wee Stories…..Andy Cannon tells a tale or two on Saturday mornings. After the success of last year’s Saturday Stories, Andy returns to the Traverse with his captivating style of storytelling – with a bare stage, sometimes a few props and always lots of imagination! For everyone over five years old. “One of our most gifted and engaging storytellers… Andy Cannon has us spellbound.” **** The Herald on Saturday Stories Dates & Times: Saturday 27 February & Saturday 27 March (11am)

Tickets: £5 full price (£4 Concessions). Group/Family ticket (4 people) £15

Adapted for the stage by Rob Evans

Twelve year-old Ashmol lives in the Australian outback with his mum, dad, his little sister Kellyanne… and her two invisible friends, Pobby and Dingan. One day, Pobby and Dingan disappear. At first, Ashmol is happy that the imaginary friends are out of his life, but Kellyanne becomes sick. The longer Pobby and Dingan are lost, the sicker Kellyanne becomes. Finally, Ashmol decides that there is only one thing to do: he must find Pobby and Dingan. Pobby and Dingan is a heartbreaking and beautiful contemporary tale about the possibility of dreams, the preciousness of hope and how, sometimes, we have to believe in the impossible. Dates & Times: Wednesday 3 March – Saturday 6 March. Wed 3 (1.30pm & 7.30pm), Thur 4 (10.30am & 7.30pm), Fri 5 & Sat 6 (7.30pm) Tickets: Single ticket £8, Family group* of 2 £15, Family group* of 3 £21.75, family group* of 4 £28.

AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Wed 3 March , following 7.30pm performance SCHOOL GROUPS: £5 per ticket plus one teacher free per 10 students AGE RECOMMENDATION: 8+

*Family tickets must include at least one child per group.

Photo Credit: Kevin Low

www.catherinewheels.co.uk

Photo credit: map.ref.ltd


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SUNDAY

MONDAY

10 16 2010 to

MAY

TRAVERSE THEATRE AND VENUES ACROSS EDINBURGH This year the Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival, the UK's largest performing arts festival for children and young people, celebrates its 21st birthday! The Festival presents a wonderful selection of shows from Scotland and around the world for schools, families and friends; suitable for all ages from babies upwards. Join the 21st celebrations with Cinderella, Martha, Decky, a boy called River and many more, at the Traverse and venues around the city.

Sign up for the Festival programme now at:

www.imaginate.org.uk or call 0131 225 8050 to join the mailing list

The Festival is produced by promoting and developing performing arts for children and young people across Scotland.

Photo credit: Ester Sundberg Cinderella by Shona Reppe Puppets


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In addition to this the Traverse provides a wide range of inclusive learning activities and resources including:

Traverse Learning

• School Placements, our work experience programme for school pupils. Traverse Learning offers one week-long placement to one school pupil per term and the opportunity to work in a professional theatre environment. • Traverse Teachers’ Forum, our forum for drama teachers and course leaders. The Forum gives teachers the opportunity to hear about and discuss the nature, interest and suitability of productions for their students. • Production Events, our range of activities to support and enhance audiences’ experiences of the Traverse Artistic programme. These include Pre-Performance Workshops and After Show discussions. Traverse Learning also supports and promotes the education work provided by visiting companies. • Learning Resource Packs, for each Autumn and Spring Traverse Theatre Company production we provide a downloadable learning resource pack to aid students with their studies of our plays. For further details on any of the above, please contact Noëlle O’Donoghue, Head of Traverse Learning: noelle.o’donoghue@traverse.co.uk or call 0131 228 3223

Scribble, our new writing programme of after-school playwriting and theatre skills workshops for 14-17 year olds begins in January 2010. Led by professional Scottish playwright Catherine Grosvenor, the group will develop their own writing skills. A professional director, designer and technician will also work with the group to give them an understanding of how a play goes from page to stage. The first programme is about to begin. The next session begins in September 2010. If you or anyone you know would like to get involved please contact Noëlle O’Donoghue, Head of Traverse Learning noelle.o’donoghue@traverse.co.uk or call 0131 228 3223. Sponsored by Cairn Energy workshop Dates & Times: Mondays 11 January, 18 January, 25 January, 8 February, 15 February, 22 February, 1 March, 8 March, 15 March, 22 March, 29 March, 26 April (4 – 6pm) FREE

Young Writers’ Group Are you aged 18 – 25 and interested in theatre? Ever thought of writing for the stage? It’s free to join the Traverse Young Writers’ Group and whether you’ve written something before or are completely new to playwriting, all you’ll need is enthusiasm and a pen. The sessions will give you the chance to learn about different aspects of writing plays and to develop your own writing. You can be a member for up to two years and there are exclusive opportunities to work with Traverse directors and professional actors – not to mention special offers on tickets for Traverse Theatre Company productions. The fortnightly sessions are led by professional playwright and radio writer, Jules Horne. The Young Writers’ Group starts again in October 2010. If you’d like further information about the group, please get in touch with Jennifer Williams, Literary Officer jennifer.williams@traverse.co.uk or call 0131 228 3223.


TRAVERSE LEARNING TRAVERSE ONE WORLD PREMIERE

TRAVERSE ONE WORLD PREMIERE

26 – 29 Jan

8 June

Join us to experience the newest theatre voices from across Scotland as they showcase their work.

As part of Motherwell College’s Offender Arts Project, Traverse Learning will work with a group of men from Her Majesty’s Prison Open Estate on a new and exciting playwriting project. The young men will work with a professional playwright, lighting/sound designer and a set/ costume designer to devise, write and develop their own short plays. The project will encourage them to become active and creative participants as well as helping to develop their literary and oracy skills.

Class Act 2010

Now in its 20th year, the Traverse Theatre’s annual schools playwriting project continues to engage and inspire school pupils to write their very own short plays. This year Class Act will also include four schools from Glasgow and two performances at the Tron Theatre. Senior Drama and English pupils from nine schools from Edinburgh, West Lothian and Glasgow will write their own short plays with help from professional playwrights: Davey Anderson, Oliver Emanuel, Catherine Grosvenor, Jules Horne, Douglas Maxwell, Nicola McCartney, Alan Wilkins and Isabel Wright. A creative team of professional actors and directors will visit the schools to develop and rehearse the students’ plays in preparation for the performances. This project would not be possible without the kind and generous support of the Barcapel Foundation, the Moffat Trust, the John Thaw Foundation, Edinburgh City Council, West Lothian Council and Culture & Sport Glasgow.

Open Write

A creative team of directors and actors will visit the prison to work with the participants to develop and rehearse their plays in preparation for performances at the Traverse. Participants will be supported throughout the project by Scottish Prison Service staff and education staff from Motherwell College. This project would not be possible without the generous support from the Scottish Arts Council’s Inspiring Communities fund. Other arts organisations and prisons involved in the project are: The Citizens’ Theatre working with HMP Greenock and HMP Barlinnie; The Scottish Ensemble and National Youth Choir of Scotland are working in HMYOI Polmont, and Scottish Opera and Scottish Chamber Orchestra will be working together in HMP Shotts. The National Galleries of Scotland are working with all five prisons. Dates & Times: Tuesday 8 June (7.30pm) Tickets: £5 (£3.50 Concessions)

Schools: Balerno High School, Bannerman High School, Cleveden Secondary School, Hillhead High School, Inveralmond Community High School, Linlithgow Academy, Queensferry High School, St. Augustine’s RC High School and St. Mungo’s Academy TRON DATES AND TIMES: Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 March (7.30pm) TICKETS: £5 (£3.50 Concessions) Tickets & info for Tron performances 0141 552 4267 TRAVERSE DATES AND TIMES: Thursday 28 & Friday 29 January (7.30pm) TICKETS: £5 (£3.50 Concessions) Photo credit: Alan McCredie

Photo credit: The Herald

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TRAVERSE writers EVENTS TRAVERSE TWO WORLD PREMIERE

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Writers The Traverse has been supporting writers since it was founded in 1963. It has an unrivalled reputation for commissioning and producing contemporary theatre of the highest quality, invention and energy for local, national and international audiences. The Traverse is committed to nurturing, developing and producing the work of our contemporary playwrights to the highest possible standards. Alongside this, the company develops and presents highquality translations of leading international plays, commissioning new writers from Scotland and around the world. We offer a unique insight into the playwriting process by opening it up to members of the public and to new and established writers. This spring, we are running public playwriting workshops and events which reflect the work you will see on stage. For further information on all of the work of the Traverse’s Literary Department, see www.traverse.co.uk/ writing.htm

STELLAR QUINES THEATRE COMPANY

Rehearsal Room 16 From a hairdressing salon in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to Scotland’s only women’s prison, Stellar Quines bring you three different evenings with three new plays. Get involved in vigorous debate with the writers, directors and actors as they present their works in progress. Find out how they have reached this point. Listen to their conversations as they take on your ideas to help build the productions of the future. Blow Me Beautiful

by Gabriel Quigley and Vicki Liddelle. Directed by Marilyn Imrie

28 April (8pm) Dare to Care

by Christine Lindsay. Directed by Muriel Romanes

29 April (8pm) The Next of It

by John McCann. Directed by Lu Kemp

30 April (8pm)

Rehearsal Room Showcase 1 May (2.30pm) See and discuss extracts from all three new plays over one afternoon. Dates & Times: Wednesday 28 April – Friday 30 April (8pm), Saturday 1 May (2.30pm)

Tickets: £5 (£3.50 Concessions). See all three readings from Wednesday 28

Young Writers Group New writers aged 18 – 25 can join our fortnightly Young Writers’ Group – see page 20 for full details.

to Friday 30 April for £12 ( £9 Concessions)

www.stellarquines.com


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TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY/IMAGINATE

A workshop by leading Scottish playwright Linda McLean on visual art as an inspiration for playwriting. This daylong event will commence at the National Gallery of Modern Art and then transfer to the Traverse Theatre.

A workshop exploring the unique and exciting challenges of creating new work for children and young people, plus an opportunity to develop your own writing practice for this audience.

Linda McLean’s plays for the Traverse include this season’s Any Given Day, strangers, babies, Shimmer, Olga (from the original Finnish play by Laura Ruohonen) and One Good Beating. Other theatre includes Happy Yet? (an adaptation of four Feydeau plays for the Gate Theatre, London); Word for Word (Magnetic North); The Last Mission (Edinburgh International Festival); Riddance (Paines Plough, Winner of a Herald Angel and Fringe First Awards); The Price of a Good Dinner (Derby Playhouse Studio); Like Water for Chocolate (Théâtre sans Frontières).

Combining the Traverse’s experience in supporting writers and Imaginate’s commitment to outstanding work for young people, we’re delighted to present a workshop for writers interested in learning more about creating work for young audiences.

Linda McLean: The Writer as Artist

In 2004, Linda worked with new writers in Mexico City, Teluca and Oslo. She works in schools, encouraging young writers to find their own voice in their own tongue, and was Writer in Residence at Troon Academy for the National Theatre of Scotland/Visible Fictions’ Transform project in 2006. Recent commissions include the National Theatre of Scotland and Magnetic North. Dates & Times: Saturday 1 May (10.30am – 4.30pm)

Tickets: £16 (£8 concessions). Pre-booking with Traverse box office

essential. Please meet outside the front entrance to the National Gallery of Modern Art, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR. Own transport between venues required.

Any Given Day. Photo Credit Laurence Winram

New Work for Young Audiences

Writers attending the workshop will also be invited to attend the Imaginate Festival as a delegate. See page 19 for details of the Festival. Dates & Times: Saturday 8 May (10.30am - 4.30pm) Tickets: £16 (£8 concessions)


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“I think the Traverse is wonderful, the drinks are always good, the food is first class.”

A subterranean haven in the heart of Edinburgh’s cultural quarter.

Traverse Bar Cafe customer commenting on worldsbestbars.com

Local beers, fine Scotch whiskies and Italy’s finest Illy coffee – all served here! Extensive menu with food served until 9pm. From our famous bison burgers to nachos, salads and deepfilled ciabattas –there’s something for everyone at a time to suit you. Children’s portions available. Children welcome in the bar until 10pm. Join us on . Keep up with all the news as it happens including our monthly Arts and Entertainment Quiz, Noisy Nights, Words, Words, Words and much more. Monday to Wednesday until Midnight. Thursday to Saturday until 1am and Sunday until 11pm.

Bar Café Reservations 0131 228 5383

The Traverse Arts and Entertainment Quiz

Do you know who was accused of cheating on Who wants to be a Millionaire? Can you name Kate Atkinson’s debut novel, or the characters in Golden Girls? If you do, you should try your luck at the legendary Traverse Arts & Entertainment Quiz. For a moderate mental workout and a bit of a giggle, join us in the Traverse Bar Café with quiz host Gwen Orr. Although questions begin at 8pm, we recommend you arrive early to get your table (and some nachos for brain food). Kitchen open until 10pm. The winning team receives a round of drinks. And best of all, there’s no sports round! Dates & Times: Mon 25 Jan, Mon 15 Feb, Mon 22 March, Mon 19 April, Mon 17 May, Mon June 14 (8pm) £1 per person (maximum of 6 per team), all proceeds to Maggie’s Centre, Edinburgh


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Words, Words, Words

Send us some or just sit back and enjoy the newest voices in theatre! The Traverse invites writers at all stages to submit short scenes for our Words, Words, Words events. The short pieces (approx 2 – 4 pages in length) will be read aloud by members of our writing groups in the informal setting of the Traverse Bar Café space.

Noisy Nights

The Traverse’s nights of experimental new sounds from emerging, underground and established musicians continues at the Traverse Bar Café as part of our spring season. Noisy Nights features fresh-off-the-page music with the Red Note Ensemble, interspersed with live performances by artists from right across the spectrum of contemporary music, rounded off with a left-of-centre DJ set.

If you have an idea for a piece or want to be involved, please email Jennifer Williams jennifer.williams@traverse.co.uk by Compered by John Harris of the Red Note Ensemble. February 15. All very welcome.

Dates & Times: Mon 22 Feb, Mon 26 April, Mon 24 May (8pm) Dates & Times: Monday 1 March & Monday 3 May (8pm) Free

Free


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Traverse Theatre Company

Support the Traverse Theatre! There are so many benefits to supporting the Traverse, as an individual or as an organisation. You could: • Reap financial rewards by exposure to thousands of potential new customers • Enhance your reputation by aligning yourself with “Edinburgh’s trendiest Theatre” (Edinburgh Evening News). • Help the community by supporting the Traverse’s work with young people. • Incentivise your staff by offering them trips to the theatre, educational talks, or parties in the Traverse Bar Café. • Commemorate a loved one.

Fiona Sturgeon Shea Head of Communications

• Leave your own lasting legacy As a Registered Charity, the Traverse is always in need of additional funds to support all of its work. This includes: • • • •

Seasons like this packed Spring Season 2010 Individual plays and productions Our work developing new plays, new playwrights and in supporting established writers to take risks Our celebrated education programme that reaches people of all ages throughout Scotland

To find out more about supporting the Traverse, including corporate sponsorship, becoming a Devotee, buying a brick or dedicating a seat, please contact Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Head of Communications, on 0131 228 3223 or email fiona.sturgeonshea@traverse.co.uk

Spotlight on Cairn Energy Our latest Traverse Learning project, Scribble (see page 20) would not be possible without the generous support of Cairn Energy. The project is currently at begins its pilot stage this month and will benefit young people aged 14 – 17 for two years. www.cairnenergy.com

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

Photo credit: Euan Myles


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Support the Traverse Theatre! You could join our current supporters: Corporate sponsors

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

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

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

Pearson Playwright supported by Pearson

Design: www.weared8.com


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After Show Discussions

Audio-described and sign-language interpreted performances

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

The Traverse provides audio described performances of its own productions for people who are blind and visually impaired, and sign language interpreted performances for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

What We Know by Pamela Carter. Audio Described Tuesday 23 February (8pm) Sign Language Interpreted Tuesday 23 February (8pm)

What We Know Wednesday 24 February Meet Pamela Carter and members of the cast RANDOM ACCOMPLICE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TRON THEATRE

Promises, Promises Thursday 25 February

CATHERINE WHEELS THEATRE COMPANY IN ASSOC. WITH BRUNTON THEATRE

Pobby and Dingan Wednesday 3 March, following 7.30pm performance Meet Gill Robertson and members of the cast HEBRIDES ENSEMBLE

Pierrot Lunaire Saturday 13 March ATC, DRUM THEATRE PLYMOUTH AND THE YOUNG VIC

Eurydice Friday 19 March Meet Bijan Sheibani and members of the cast LYRIC HAMMERSMITH and FILTER

Three Sisters Wednesday 24 March SCOTTISH DANCE THEATRE

NQR* and The Life and times of Girl A Thursday 1 April Meet Janet Smith, Artistic Director and Sally Owen, Assistant Director, of Scottish Dance Theatre, along with the dancers. TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? Thursday 22 April Meet Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Traverse, and members of the cast TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

Any Given Day Wednesday 2 June

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? by Edward Albee. Directed by Dominic Hill Audio Described Tuesday 27 April (7.30pm) Sign Language Interpreted Tuesday 27 April (7.30pm) Any Given Day by Linda McLean. Audio Described Wednesday 9 June (8pm) Sign Language Interpreted Wednesday 9 June (8pm)


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National Tour Partner

“HHHH ...emotionally powerful.”

By Arthur Miller

Directed by John Dove By arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd

THE TIMES

15 January – 13 February 2010 Claude-Michel Schönberg’s

“A star company.” SUNDAY EXPRESS

The greatest love story

By Jo Clifford

Directed by Mark Thomson

19 March – 10 April 2010

By Martin McDonagh

Choreography by David Nixon

Directed by Tony Cownie

19 February – 13 March 2010

By Anton Chekhov

A new version by John Byrne Directed by Tony Cownie

16 April – 8 May 2010 www.lyceum.org.uk GROUPS 8+ 0131 248 4949

BOX OFFICE 0131 248 4848 TEXT RELAY 18001 0131 248 4848

Company No. SCO62065 Scottish Charity Registered No. SCO10509

Traverse Theatre Company, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and English Touring Theatre present

The Three Musketeers

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Thu 11 – Sat 13 March 2010 Box Office: 0131 529 6000*

Groups (8+): 0131 529 6005 Book Online: www.festivaltheatre.org.uk* www.northernballettheatre.co.uk

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and the Princess of Spain by Chris Hannan 3 – 24 December 2010 Previews 2 December

Choose the Traverse this Christmas! Times & prices to suit everyone Booking opens 15 Jan 2010 www.traverse.co.uk 0131 228 1404 (no booking fee)

*Booking fee applies. Photo: HANSON

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come dance with us! 120+ classes a week in a wide range of different dance styles for anyone aged 1 to 100.

0131 225 5525 dancebase.co.uk Scottish Charity No. SC025512


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SPRING SEASON DIARY JANUARY Mon 11

TRAVERSE 1

Mon 18 Mon 25 Thur 28 Fri 29 FEBRUARY Mon 1 Tues 2 Weds 3 Thur 4 Fri 5 Sat 6 Mon 8 Weds 10 Thur 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Mon 15 Weds 17 Thur 18 Fri 19 Sat 20 Mon 22 Tues 23 Weds 24 Thur 25 Fri 26 Sat 27 MARCH Mon 1 Tues 2 Weds 3 Thur 4 Fri 5 Sat 6 Mon 8 Tues 9 Weds 10 Thur 11 Fri 12 Sat 13 Mon 15 Tues 16 Weds 17 Thur 18 Fri 19 Sat 20

Class Act 7.30pm Class Act 7.30pm

Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Scribble 4 – 6pm Moby Dick 7.30pm Moby Dick 7.30pm Moby Dick 7.30pm Moby Dick 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Scribble 4 – 6pm Young Writer’s Group 7 – 9pm Scribble 4 – 6pm Young Writer’s Group 7 – 9pm

TRAVERSE BAR CAFÉ

Quiz 8pm

Young Writer’s Group 7 – 9pm Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Manipulate – Visual Theatre Festival Young Writer’s Group 7 – 9pm

Scribble 4 – 6pm What We Know 8pm What We Know 8pm P What We Know 8pm P What We Know 8pm

Quiz 8pm

Young Writer’s Group 7 – 9pm What We Know 8pm AD SL What We Know 2.30pm & 8pm D What We Know 8pm What We Know 8pm Saturday Stories 11am What We Know 2.30pm & 8pm

Noisy Nights 8pm

Words, Words, Words 8pm

Pobby & Dingan 1.30pm & 7.30pm D Pobby & Dingan 10.30am & 7.30pm Pobby & Dingan 7.30pm Pobby & Dingan 7.30pm

Young Writer’s Group 4 – 9pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm

Scribble 4 – 6pm The Government Inspector 7.30pm The Government Inspector 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Government Inspector 7.30pm Les Amoureux 7.30pm Pierrot Lunaire 7.30pm D

Young Writers Group 7 – 9pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm

Eurydice 7.30pm Eurydice 7.30pm Eurydice 7.30pm D Eurydice 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Scribble 4 – 6pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm

ROAM 7.30pm Scribble 4 – 6pm Promises Promises 7.30pm D Promises Promises 7.30pm Promises Promises 7.30pm

Scribble 4 – 6pm

Mon 22 Tues 23 Weds 24 Thur 25 Fri 26 Sat 27

Scribble 4 – 6pm

Mon 29 Tues 30 Weds 31

Scribble 4 – 6pm

APRIL Thur 1 Fri 2 Sat 3

TRAVERSE 2 Scribble 4 – 6pm

Three Sisters 7.30pm D Three Sisters 2.30pm & 7.30pm Three Sisters 7.30pm Three Sisters 2.30pm & 7.30pm

NQR* & The Life and times of Girl A 7.30pm D NQR* & The Life and times of Girl A 7.30pm NQR* & The Life and times of Girl A 7.30pm

Young Writer’s Group 4 – 9pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm Saturday Stories 11am A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm Young Writers Group 7 – 9pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm A Play, A Pie and A Pint 1pm

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Raspberry 8pm Raspberry 8pm Raspberry 8pm

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The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm P The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 6pm P

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The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm P The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm D The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 6pm

Mon 26 Tues 27 Weds 28 Thur 29 Fri 30

Scribble 4 – 6pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm AD SL The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm

MAY Sat 1 Sun 2

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 6pm

Mon 3 Tues 4 Weds 5

Quiz 8pm

Noisy Nights 8pm Rehearsal Room 16 8pm Rehearsal Room 16 8pm Rehearsal Room 16 8pm Rehearsal Room 16 2.30 – 5pm Words, Words, Words 8pm

Thur 6 Fri 7 Sat 8

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 2.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 7.30pm The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Another Leap! 8pm Another Leap! 8pm New Work for Young Audiences

Mon 10 Tues 11 Weds 12 Thur 13 Fri 14 Sat 15 Sun 16

Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival

Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival Bank of Scotland Imaginate Festival

Mon 17 Thur 20 Fri 21 Sat 22 Sun 23

Five:15 7.30pm Five:15 7.30pm Five:15 7.30pm

Young Writers Group 7 – 9pm Platform 18: The Arches New Work Award 7.15pm Platform 18: The Arches New Work Award 7.15pm Platform 18: The Arches New Work Award 7.15pm Platform 18: The Arches New Work Award 6pm

Quiz 8pm

Mon 24 Sat 29 Sun 30

Young Writer’s Group 7 – 9pm Any Given Day 8pm P Any Given Day 6pm P

Noisy Nights 8pm

Mon 31

Young Writer’s Group 7 – 9pm

JUNE Tues 1 Weds 2 Thur 3 Fri 4 Sat 5 Sun 6

Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 8pm D Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 6pm

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The Third Policeman 7.30pm The Third Policeman 7.30pm The Third Policeman 7.30pm

Open Write 7.30pm A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle 7.30pm

Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 2.30pm & 8pm Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 8pm

Soundstreams 7.30pm

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Young Writer’s Group 4 – 9pm Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 8pm AD SL Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 8pm Any Given Day 2.30pm & 8pm Any Given Day 6pm

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ACCESS AT THE TRAVERSE Level access, automatic doors at Cambridge Street entrance, lift with Braille signage and audible announcer, adapted toilets at ground and Traverse Bar Café levels, wheelchair spaces, assistance dogs welcome and infra red (headsets available from the Front of House staff).

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