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Festival 14

FESTIVAL 2014


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Week 0 Sun 27 Jul Mon 28 Jul Tue 29 – Wed 30 Jul Thu 31 Jul – Fri 1 Aug Sat 2 – Sun 3 Aug

12pm - 7pm 10am - 6pm 10am - 7pm 10am - 8.30pm 9am - 9.15pm

Week 1 Mon 4 Aug Tue 5 – Sun 10 Aug

10am - 6pm 9am - 11pm

Week 2 Mon 11 Aug Tue 12 – Sun 17 Aug

9am - 7.30pm 8am - 9pm

Week 3 Mon 18 Aug Tue 19 – Sun 24 Aug

9am - 7.30pm 8am - 11.15pm

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

Ticket Prices & Fees

The amount stated is the final price for tickets through all sales channels. The Traverse Theatre does not charge a booking or transaction fee. Tickets can be collected free of charge from the Box Office or postal delivery is an available option and incurs a £1 charge per transaction, until Friday 18 July.

Concession Tickets

Standard Concessions are available for: • Students • Under 18s • Over 60s • Disability concession • YoungScot Cardholders • Members of Entertainment Unions

School & Group Bookings

To arrange a group booking, please email groups@traverse.co.uk. Groups receive one complimentary ticket for every 10 tickets bought (i.e. 11th ticket free). Valid on all tickets, subject to availability. Reservations of 10 tickets or more can be held without payment for four weeks or until five working days before the show. Reservations will be automatically released back to sale thereafter. Tickets will not be issued without payment.

Other Concessions: • Unemployed (Proof of current Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance must be shown) • Schools (See School & Group Bookings)

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Traverse 1

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

Traverse 2

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Traverse Bar

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Traverse Upstairs

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Online


Welcome to the 2014 Traverse Festival Programme Amidst the noise and bustle of the Festival season in Edinburgh, the Traverse Theatre remains a key destination for audiences hungry for the best new work. The artistic vitality and creative energy on display across the city this year continues to find expression in our own carefully curated Traverse Festival programme. This month we present eighteen productions, encompassing world, European and UK premieres. We begin with our own Traverse Theatre Company productions. Celebrating the historic potential offered by this year’s Scottish Independence Referendum, John McCann brings us Spoiling, directed by Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin. A hilarious, provocative and deeply political satire, it follows the Scottish Foreign Minister Designate as she prepares for a momentous keynote speech, set to define a nation. From the pen of Owen McCafferty, the man behind last year’s Festival hit Quietly, comes a searing new drama. Directed by Rachel O’Riordan, Unfaithful explores the different realities which exist within our most intimate relationships, encompassing themes of control and submission, fantasy and reality. We also welcome the return of our Traverse Breakfast Plays, this year featuring six brilliant world premiere pieces to enjoy over breakfast. The next instalment of Bloody Trams arrives too, following its success earlier this spring, with newly revised verbatim testimony from the people of Edinburgh on this contested issue.

Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin & Executive Producer Linda Crooks Photograph © Jane Hobson, 2013

As always, our superb visiting companies, some familiar to the Traverse, some not, bring an exquisite array of new stories and themes to our stages. We are delighted to play host to Mark Thomas who thrilled audiences two years ago with his awardwinning Bravo Figaro. This year he brings Cuckooed, which promises to be equally compelling. David Leddy returns after the success of Long Live the Little Knife with not one but two new projects. Shona Reppe takes up residence in our Traverse Upstairs space with a delightful installation piece, HUFF, for children eight years and above. From the Dublin Theatre Festival we present riverrun, starring Olwen Fouéré. One of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers, we are excited to welcome Olwen as she brings her magnificent adaptation of the voice of the river in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake to the Traverse stage. And there’s more, so much more, from home and abroad. Our Festival programme continues to champion world class new work. Join us this August as we discover new names, re-encounter old friends and experience the most exciting theatre on offer. Thanks for coming. Orla O’Loughlin, Artistic Director Linda Crooks, Executive Producer


WORLD PREMIERE TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

Unfaithful By Owen McCafferty


3 – 24 August Previews 1 & 2 Aug

Director Rachel O’Riordan Designer Gary McCann Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy Composer/Sound Designer Debra Salem Cast Amiera Darwish, Cara Kelly, Owen Whitelaw, Benny Young Can relationships withstand the brutality of betrayal? Joan and Tom, Tara and Peter; two couples struggling to comprehend their roles as lovers, partners and individuals. As Tom and Tara face the tedium of daily life, how far will they go to feel their hearts beat again? When their paths cross, the emotional fall-out will be explosive. From Owen McCafferty, writer of the Fringe First Award-winning Quietly, comes a stark and searing glimpse into the reality of our relationships - the unspoken desires, the piercing regrets, and the postponed conversations that mark us all.

Previews Fri 1 Aug (7pm) Sat 2 Aug (10am) Preview ticket price £13/£7 concession Dates Sun 3 – Sun 24 Aug Tickets Full Price £19 Standard Concession £14 Other Concessions £8 Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Sun 3 & Tue 5 Aug T1

14+

Audio Described and Sign Language Interpreted performance Sun 10 Aug at 6pm

www.traverse.co.uk @traversetheatre "It's difficult to overstate the subtlety and brilliance with which McCafferty sketches in every detail ... it achieves a kind of perfection, in its simplicity, its profound understanding, its perfect structure and its refusal of easy answers." ««««The Scotsman (on Quietly)

Supported by Creative Scotland and Made in Scotland See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

"This is one of those plays where the audience listen so hard, you can touch the silence." ««««The Guardian (on Quietly) "McCafferty's assured storytelling and the play's themes come sharply into focus in this gripping two-hander." ««««The Times (on Quietly)

WEEK 0 WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 6pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 8.30pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 10am

Fri 1 Aug 7pm P

Sat 2 Aug 10am P

Sun 3 Aug 1.45pm

Wed 6 Aug 8.30pm

Thu 7 Aug 10am

Fri 8 Aug 12.45pm

Sat 9 Aug 3.15pm

Sun 10 Aug 6pm

Wed 13 Aug 10am

Thu 14 Aug 12.45pm

Fri 15 Aug 3.15pm

Sat 16 Aug 6pm

Sun 17 Aug 8.30pm

Wed 20 Aug 12.45pm

Thu 21 Aug 3.15pm

Fri 22 Aug 6pm

Sat 23 Aug 8.30pm

Sun 24 Aug 10am Image by Peter Dibdin


WORLD PREMIERE TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

Spoiling

by John McCann


1 – 24 August

Previews Wed 30 Jul (7pm) Thu 31 Jul (11am)

Previews 30 & 31 July

Director Orla O'Loughlin Designer Anthony Lamble Lighting Designer Colin Grenfell Composer/Sound Designer Danny Krass Cast Gabriel Quigley, Richard Clements

Preview ticket price £12/£7 concessions

In front of the world's media, Scotland’s Foreign Minister will shortly deliver a keynote speech outlining the newly-independent nation’s relationship with the former UK. But there’s a problem. She’s refusing to speak the words she’s been given. There’s something else she wants to say. At odds with her Party, and pursued by a harassed Party worker, she has a decision to make; toe the line or take back control. This timely piece, directed by award-winning Traverse Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin, moves effortlessly from heartfelt political satire to vivid, soaring lyricism.

Dates Fri 1 – Sun 24 Aug Tickets Full Price £18 Standard Concession £13 Other Concessions £8 Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Fri 1 & Sat 2 Aug T2

14+

Audio Described and Sign Language Interpreted performance Sat 9 Aug at 6.15pm

Never has an iron fist within a velvet glove delivered such a punch. www.traverse.co.uk @traversetheatre

Supported by Creative Scotland and Made in Scotland

"A play that reels from fierce political satire to wild, surreal poetry, and then – with a cackle of wicked, energising laughter – reels straight back again."

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

The Scotsman (on a scratch production of Spoiling as part of the Traverse New Writing Festival 2013)

"O'Loughlin, as director, navigates a skilful path through the play's jump-cut writing [where] the themes are epic and universal. Compelling quality drama." «««««The Independent (on Herald Angel and Fringe First Award-winning Ciara, Traverse Festival 2013)

“A fine balance is struck between high-tension and moments of explosive drama.” Irish Theatre Magazine (on John McCann's The Cleanroom)

WEEK 0 WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 9pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 11am WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 1.30pm

Wed 30 Jul 7pm P

Thu 31 Jul 11am P

Fri 1 Aug 1.30pm

Sat 2 Aug 4.15pm

Sun 3 Aug 6.15pm

Wed 6 Aug 11am

Thu 7 Aug 1.30pm

Fri 8 Aug 4.15pm

Sat 9 Aug 6.15pm

Sun 10 Aug 9pm

Wed 13 Aug 1.30pm

Thu 14 Aug 4.15pm

Fri 15 Aug 6.15pm

Sat 16 Aug 9.15pm

Sun 17 Aug 11am

Wed 20 Aug 4.15pm

Thu 21 Aug 6.15pm

Fri 22 Aug 9.15pm

Sat 23 Aug 11am

Sun 24 Aug 1.30pm Image by Peter Dibdin


WORLD PREMIERE TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

Breakfast Pl e s r e ays v a r T

Broth

by Tim Primrose

Blinded by the Light

by Sylvia Dow

The Day the Pope Emptied Croy

Mother Ease

Fat Alice

Walter

by Martin McCormick

by Alison Carr

by Molly Innes

by Lachlan Philpott

£14


12 – 24 August

Dates Tue 12 – Sun 24 Aug (9am)

Director Emma Callander Theatre at breakfast is back on the menu at the Traverse. Whether you’ve been up all night or are an early riser, start your Festival day at the Traverse. Simply pick a brew, grab a breakfast roll and feast on the finest theatre around. These world premiere script-in-hand readings continue to champion fresh new voices in Scottish theatre.

Broth by Tim Primrose

Tickets £14 (includes tea or coffee and a breakfast roll) T2

12+

www.traverse.co.uk @traversetheatre See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

Tue 12 & 19 Aug Grandma may have just murdered Grandad. Time tae put the kettle oan, likes.

Blinded by the Light by Sylvia Dow

Wed 13 & 20 Aug Two thousand feet below the River Forth, the striking miners of Bo’ness are taking a stand in 1983. In a post-apocalyptic 2782 humanity has been forced to live underground. What will these communities find when they emerge?

The Day the Pope Emptied Croy by Martin McCormick Thu 14 & 21 Aug It's 1982 and in deserted Croy two Protestant boys are out to cause some trouble.

Fat Alice by Alison Carr

Fri 15 & 22 Aug Moira and Peter are having an affair. The pressure is mounting. Something's got to give. And it does - through the ceiling - in a way no one could have imagined.

Mother Ease by Molly Innes

Sat 16 & 23 Aug Fiona has just become a mum. She's not coping too well. When she meets Angela things really get out of hand.

Walter by Lachlan Philpott

Sun 17 & 24 Aug Gloria has been single for a long time. Then Walter walks into her life. He's perfect, apart from one furry thing.

WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 9am WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 9am

Wed 13 Aug 9am

Thu 14 Aug 9am

Fri 15 Aug 9am

Sat 16 Aug 9am

Sun 17 Aug 9am

Wed 20 Aug 9am

Thu 21 Aug 9am

Fri 22 Aug 9am

Sat 23 Aug 9am

Sun 24 Aug 9am Image by Cake


TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY IN ASSOCIATION WITH UTTER

Bloody Trams by The People of Edinburgh


5 – 10 August

Dates Tue 5 – Sun 10 Aug (11pm)

Director Joe Douglas Music David Paul Jones Lighting Designer Davy Cunningham Cast Jonathan Holt, Nicola Roy

Tickets Full Price £10 Concession £8

Following a successful premiere earlier this spring Bloody Trams now returns to the Traverse stage for our late-night Festival slot. Based on verbatim testimony, this newly revised production is a sharp and beautifully observed piece of rapid response theatre. Come and experience poignant moments of insight from those touched by this emotive issue - shop owners, taxi drivers, council officials, encompassing the People of Edinburgh themselves.

T2

14+

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

A real-time slice of history, giving voice to those on the front lines, often overlooked in the recent mainstream debate. www.traverse.co.uk @traversetheatre “What's revealed is both a real- life soap opera and a piece of history which has touched a collective nerve still raw from the experience”. ««««The Herald “This clever and well-made show-plus-discussion is always thoughtprovoking, and sometimes surprisingly beautiful and it needs to be seen more widely by Edinburgh audiences … in moments of crisis, theatre often rediscovers its rare ability to speak truth to power.” ««««The Scotsman

WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 11pm

Wed 6 Aug 11pm

Thu 7 Aug 11pm

Fri 8 Aug 11pm

Sat 9 Aug 11pm

Sun 10 Aug 11pm Image by Billy Rosendale


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

SmallWar

By Valentijn Dhaenens

3 – 24 August

Previews Thu 31 July (7pm) Sat 2 Aug (1.30pm)

Previews 31 July & 2 August

Written & performed by Valentijn Dhaenens Technical & Sound Designer Jeroen Wuyts “When clean souls boil up in the backwash, they will consolidate after the final war, into a peace that shall endure… but not till then. By examining the things cast up in the backwash, we can gauge the progress of humanity.” – Ellen Newbold-La-Motte, nurse in a field hospital, behind the front lines in 1914 A nurse maintains watchful vigil over patients as fragments of past wars lurk within the shadows. From the creators of BigMouth, SmallWar tells the story in the words of those who were there and led the way, and – crucially – those who followed. “Seldom has so much horror been made so tangible through such intimacy.” De Standaard (Belguim) “Innovative play – courtesy of the acting and filming – which overwhelms with its restrained portrayal of man’s insatiable hunger to live freely, his willingness to die for freedom.” Knack Magazine (Belguim)

WEEK 0 WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 8.45pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 10am WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug

Preview ticket price £13/£7 concessions Dates Sun 3 – Sun 24 Aug Tickets Full Price £19 Standard Concession £14 Other Concessions £8 Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Sun 3 & Tue 5 Aug T1

14+

www.skagen.be @skagentheatre See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

Thu 31 Jul 7pm P

Fri 1 Aug

Sat 2 Aug 1.30pm P

Sun 3 Aug 5.30pm

Wed 6 Aug 10am

Thu 7 Aug 12.45pm

Fri 8 Aug 3.30pm

Sat 9 Aug 5.45pm

Sun 10 Aug 8.45pm

Wed 13 Aug 12.45pm

Thu 14 Aug 3.30pm

Fri 15 Aug 5.45pm

Sat 16 Aug 8.45pm

Sun 17 Aug 10am

Wed 20 Aug 3.30pm

Thu 21 Aug

Fri 22 Aug 8.45pm

Sat 23 Aug

Sun 24 Aug 12.45pm Image by Daily Dolores


SKaGeN, RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS, DE TIJD, STUK, BIG IN BELGIUM

BigMouth

By Valentijn Dhaenens

19, 21 & 23 August

Dates Tue 19, Thu 21 & Sat 23 Aug

Written & performed by Valentijn Dhaenens Lighting & Sound Designer Jeroen Wuyts He who picks his words well can turn the weakest argument into the strongest. Having enjoyed critically acclaimed sell-out seasons in New York and at the Adelaide Festival, Valentjin Dhaenen’s thrilling companion piece to SmallWar returns to Edinburgh for three performances only. Using fragments of well-known and lesser-known speeches in a virtuoso performance, BigMouth shows that, in 2,500 years, the tricks of the trade have hardly changed, and that whilst the absolute truth doesn’t exist, it’s just a pretty lie for those who aspire to world power, or simply just the hand of their beloved.

Tickets Full Price £19 Standard Concession £14 Other Concession £8 T1

14+

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

www.skagen.be @skagentheatre “If the Belgian Valentijn Dhaenens is new to you, take a drink in and brace yourself for an unnerving, technically risky and thought-provoking show ... I would hate to have missed it.” The Times “Brilliant ... a fascinating experience.” ««««The Guardian

Tue 19 Aug 12.45pm

Wed 20 Aug

Thu 21 Aug 5.45pm

Fri 22 Aug

Sat 23 Aug 10am

Sun 24 Aug Image by Maya Wilsens


WORLD PREMIERE LAKIN MCCARTHY ENTERTAINMENT LTD IN ASSOCIATION WITH TRAVERSE THEATRE

Cuckooed

By Mark Thomas

3 – 24 August

Previews 27 July & 2 August

Director Emma Callander, Traverse Associate Director Cast Mark Thomas A comedy of betrayal. Following his award-winning show Bravo Figaro, Mark Thomas returns to the Traverse to tell the true story of how he discovered his close friend was spying on him for Britain's biggest arms dealer.

Previews Sun 27 Jul (7pm) Sat 2 Aug (8.30pm) Preview ticket price £13/£7 concessions Dates Sun 3 – Sun 24 Aug

A true tale of hubris, friendship, loss and undercover deceit told by an award-winning comedian.

Tickets Full Price £19 Standard Concession £14 Other Concessions £8

www.markthomasinfo.co.uk @markthomasinfo

Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Sun 3 & Tue 5 Aug T1

14+

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

WEEK 0 Tue 29 Jul WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 3.15pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 5.45pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 8.30pm

Sun 27 Jul 7pm P Wed 30 Jul

Thu 31 Jul

Fri 1 Aug

Sat 2 Aug 8.30pm P

Sun 3 Aug 10am

Wed 6 Aug 5.45pm

Thu 7 Aug 8.30pm

Fri 8 Aug 10am

Sat 9 Aug 12.30pm

Sun 10 Aug 3.15pm

Wed 13 Aug 8.30pm

Thu 14 Aug 10am

Fri 15 Aug 12.30pm

Sat 16 Aug 3.15pm

Sun 17 Aug 5.45pm

Wed 20 Aug 10am

Thu 21 Aug 12.30pm

Fri 22 Aug 3.15pm

Sat 23 Aug 5.45pm

Sun 24 Aug 8.30pm Image by Steve Ullathorne


SCOTTISH PREMIERE THEEMERGENCYROOM AND GALWAY INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH CUSACK PROJECTS LIMITED

riverrun By Olwen Fouéré

3 – 24 August

Previews 29 July & 2 August

Adapter/Performer/Director Olwen Fouéré Co-Director Kellie Hughes Composer/Sound Designer Alma Kelliher Lighting Designer Stephen Dodd “...Soft morning, city! Lsp! I am leafy speafing. Lpf! Folty and folty all the nights have being falling on... Not a sound, falling. Lispn! No wind no word... Olwen Fouéré, one of Ireland’s leading theatre-makers, performs her acclaimed adaptation of the voice of the river in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake following celebrated performances in Ireland and at the National Theatre, London. In this unique approach to Joyce’s extraordinary 'sound-dance', Fouéré embodies the river Life (Liffey/ Anna Livia Plurabelle) who generates a powerful transformative energy as she dissolves into the great ocean of time.

Preview ticket price £13/£7 concessions Dates Sun 3 – Sun 24 Aug Tickets Full Price £19 Standard Concession £14 Other Concessions £8 Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Sun 3 & Tue 5 Aug T1

www.theemergencyroom.ie @The_Emerge_Room

12+

Made possible with the support of Culture Ireland.

"Amazing. Electrifying and entertaining." ««««The Times "Fouéré’s bold, funny and eloquent drama might just be life-changing.” ««««The Telegraph

WEEK 0 Tue 29 Jul 7pm P WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 12.45pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 3.15pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 6pm

Previews Tue 29 Jul (7pm) Sat 2 Aug (5pm)

Production Support from Rough Magic. Supported by The Arts Council of Ireland See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

Wed 30 Jul

Thu 31 Jul

Fri 1 Aug

Sat 2 Aug 5pm P

Sun 3 Aug 8.45pm

Wed 6 Aug 3.15pm

Thu 7 Aug 6pm

Fri 8 Aug 8.45pm

Sat 9 Aug 1oam

Sun 10 Aug 12.45pm

Wed 13 Aug 6pm

Thu 14 Aug 8.45pm

Fri 15 Aug

Sat 16 Aug 12.45pm

Sun 17 Aug 3.15pm

Wed 20 Aug 8.45pm

Thu 21 Aug 10am

Fri 22 Aug 12.45pm

Sat 23 Aug 3.15pm

Sun 24 Aug 6pm Image by Colm Hogan


UK PREMIERE DEAD CENTRE

LIPPY

Created by Dead Centre

6 – 24 August Preview 5 Aug

Preview Tue 5 Aug (10am)

Directors Ben Kidd & Bush Moukarzel Designer Andrew Clancy Lighting Designer Stephen Dodd Sound Designer Adam Welsh

Preview ticket price £13/£7 concessions

Fourteen years ago four women made an extraordinary decision. They decided to die.

Dates Wed 6 – Sun 24 Aug

We weren’t there. This is not their story. We don’t know what they said. We are only putting words in their mouths.

Tickets Full Price £19 Standard Concession £14 Other Concessions £8

A haunting investigation into why we tell stories in the face of tragedy, LIPPY was widely acknowledged as the most extraordinary piece of theatre to emerge from Ireland in 2013.

Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Wed 6 & Thu 7 Aug

Irish Times Theatre Award: Best Production 2013.

T1

PG

Supported by Culture Ireland.

www.deadcentre.org

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

“LIPPY is like nothing else you’ll see.” «««««Irish Times “Extraordinary.” «««««Irish Theatre Magazine

WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 10am P WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 12.30pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 3.15pm

Wed 6 Aug 12.30pm

Thu 7 Aug 3.15pm

Fri 8 Aug 6pm

Sat 9 Aug 8.15pm

Sun 10 Aug 10am

Wed 13 Aug 3.15pm

Thu 14 Aug 6pm

Fri 15 Aug 8.15pm

Sat 16 Aug 10am

Sun 17 Aug 12.30pm

Wed 20 Aug 6pm

Thu 21 Aug 8.15pm

Fri 22 Aug 10am

Sat 23 Aug 12.30pm

Sun 24 Aug 3.15pm Image by Jason Booher


Diary SUNDAY 27th JULY Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Sunday 27 July Cuckooed (7pm) P

WEEK 0. MONDAY 28th JULY – SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Monday 28 July Tuesday 29 July riverrun (7pm) P

Wednesday 30 July Spoiling (7pm) P

Thursday 31 July SmallWar (7pm) P

Spoiling (11am) P The Carousel (1.15pm) P Horizontal Collaboration (3.45pm) P Donald Robertson (6pm) P Men in the Cities (8.30pm) P

Friday 1 August Unfaithful (7pm) P

Men in the Cities (11am) Spoiling (1.30pm) The Carousel (3.45pm) Horizontal Collaboration (6.15pm) Donald Robertson (8.30pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm) City of the Blind, online all day

Donald Robertson (11am) Men in the Cities (1.45pm) Spoiling (4.15pm) The Carousel (6.30pm) Horizontal Collaboration (9.15pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm) City of the Blind, online all day

Horizontal Collaboration (11am) Donald Robertson (1.15pm) Men in the Cities (3.45pm) Spoiling (6.15pm) The Carousel (8.30pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm) City of the Blind, online all day

Saturday 2 August Unfaithful (10am) P SmallWar (1.30pm) P riverrun (5pm) P Cuckooed (8.30pm) P

Sunday 3 August Cuckooed (10am) Unfaithful (1.45pm) SmallWar (5.30m) riverrun (8.45pm)

T1

Traverse 1

P

Preview

T2

Traverse 2

TB

Audio Described

Traverse Bar

TU

Traverse Upstairs

British Sign Language Interpreted

O

Online


Diary WEEK 1. MONDAY 4th AUGUST – SUNDAY 10th AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Monday 4 August City of the Blind, online all day

Theatre Uncut (10am)

Tuesday 5 August LIPPY (10am) P riverrun (12.45pm) Cuckooed (3.15pm) Unfaithful (6pm) SmallWar (8.45pm)

The Carousel (11am) Horizontal Collaboration (1.30pm) Donald Robertson (3.45pm) Men in the Cities (6.30pm) Spoiling (9pm) Bloody Trams (11pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Spoiling (11am) The Carousel (1.15pm) Horizontal Collaboration (3.45pm) Donald Robertson (6.15pm) Men in the Cities (8.45pm) Bloody Trams (11pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Men in the Cities (11am) Spoiling (1.30pm) The Carousel (3.45pm) Horizontal Collaboration (6.30pm) Donald Robertson (8.45pm) Bloody Trams (11pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Donald Robertson (11am) Men in the Cities (1.45pm) Spoiling (4.15pm) The Carousel (6.30pm) Horizontal Collaboration (9pm) Bloody Trams (11pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Horizontal Collaboration (11am) Donald Robertson (1.15pm) Men in the Cities (3.45pm) Spoiling (6.15pm) The Carousel (8.30pm) Bloody Trams (11pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

The Carousel (11am) Horizontal Collaboration (1.30pm) Donald Robertson (3.45pm) Men in the Cities (6.30pm) Spoiling (9pm) Bloody Trams (11pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Wednesday 6 August SmallWar (10am) LIPPY (12.30pm) riverrun (3.15pm) Cuckooed (5.45pm) Unfaithful (8.30pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Thursday 7 August Unfaithful (10am) SmallWar (12.45pm) LIPPY (3.15pm) riverrun (6pm) Cuckooed (8.30pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Friday 8 August Cuckooed (10am) Unfaithful (12.45pm) SmallWar (3.30pm) LIPPY (6pm) riverrun (8.45pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Saturday 9 August riverrun (10am) Cuckooed (12.30pm) Unfaithful (3.15pm) SmallWar (5.45pm) LIPPY (8.15pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Sunday 10 August LIPPY (10am) riverrun (12.45pm) Cuckooed (3.15pm) Unfaithful (6pm) SmallWar (8.45pm)

City of the Blind, online all day


Diary WEEK 2. MONDAY 11th AUGUST – SUNDAY 17th AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Monday 11 August James Tait Black Award (6pm)

TalkFest (2.30pm & 5pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Pre-View (7.30pm)

Theatre Uncut (10am)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Spoiling (11am) The Carousel (1.15pm) Horizontal Collaboration (3.45pm) Donald Robertson (6.15pm) Men in the Cities (8.45pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Men in the Cities (11am) Spoiling (1.30pm) The Carousel (3.45pm) Horizontal Collaboration (6.30pm) Donald Robertson (8.45pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm) City of the Blind, online all day

Breakfast Plays (9am) Donald Robertson (11am) Men in the Cities (1.45pm) Spoiling (4.15pm) The Carousel (6.30pm) Horizontal Collaboration (9.15pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Horizontal Collaboration (11am) Donald Robertson (1.15pm) Men in the Cities (3.45pm) Spoiling (6.15pm) The Carousel (8.30pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) The Carousel (11am) Horizontal Collaboration (1.30pm) Donald Robertson (3.45pm) Men in the Cities (6.30pm) Spoiling (9.15pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Spoiling (11am) The Carousel (1.15pm) Horizontal Collaboration (3.45pm) Donald Robertson (6.15pm) Men in the Cities (8.45pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Tuesday 12 August SmallWar (10am) LIPPY (12.30pm) riverrun (3.15pm) Cuckooed (5.45pm) Unfaithful (8.30pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Wednesday 13 August Unfaithful (10am) SmallWar (12.45pm) LIPPY (3.15pm) riverrun (6pm) Cuckooed (8.30pm)

Thursday 14 August Cuckooed (10am) Unfaithful (12.45pm) SmallWar (3.30pm) LIPPY (6pm) riverrun (8.45pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Friday 15 August Rehearsal Room 24: Deliverance (10am) Cuckooed (12.30pm) Unfaithful (3.15pm) SmallWar (5.45pm) LIPPY (8.15pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Saturday 16 August LIPPY (10am) riverrun (12.45pm) Cuckooed (3.15pm) Unfaithful (6pm) SmallWar (8.45pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Sunday 17 August SmallWar (10am) LIPPY (12.30pm) riverrun (3.15pm) Cuckooed (5.45pm) Unfaithful (8.30pm)

City of the Blind, online all day


Diary WEEK 3. MONDAY 18th AUGUST – SUNDAY 24th AUGUST Traverse 1

Traverse 2

Other

Monday 18 August TalkFest (2.30pm & 5pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Pre-View (7.30pm)

Theatre Uncut (10am)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Men in the Cities (11am) Spoiling (1.30pm) The Carousel (3.45pm) Horizontal Collaboration (6.30pm) Donald Robertson (8.45pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Donald Robertson (11am) Men in the Cities (1.45pm) Spoiling (4.15pm) The Carousel (6.30pm) Horizontal Collaboration (9.15pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Horizontal Collaboration (11am) Donald Robertson (1.15pm) Men in the Cities (3.45pm) Spoiling (6.15pm) The Carousel (8.30pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) The Carousel (11am) Horizontal Collaboration (1.30pm) Donald Robertson (3.45pm) Men in the Cities (6.30pm) Spoiling (9.15pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Spoiling (11am) The Carousel (1.15pm) Horizontal Collaboration (3.45pm) Donald Robertson (6.15pm) Men in the Cities (8.45pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Breakfast Plays (9am) Men in the Cities (11am) Spoiling (1.30pm) The Carousel (3.45pm) Horizontal Collaboration (6.30pm) Donald Robertson (8.45pm)

HUFF (every 8mins 10.30am – 7pm)

Tuesday 19 August Unfaithful (10am) BigMouth (12.45pm) LIPPY (3.15pm) riverrun (6pm) Cuckooed (8.30pm) Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone (11.15pm) P

City of the Blind, online all day

Wednesday 20 August Cuckooed (10am) Unfaithful (12.45pm) SmallWar (3.30pm) LIPPY (6pm) riverrun (8.45pm) Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone (11.15pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Thursday 21 August riverrun (10am) Cuckooed (12.30pm) Unfaithful (3.15pm) BigMouth (5.45pm) LIPPY (8.15pm) Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone (11.15pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Friday 22 August LIPPY (10am) riverrun (12.45pm) Cuckooed (3.15pm) Unfaithful (6pm) SmallWar (8.45pm) Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone (11.15pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Saturday 23 August BigMouth (10am) LIPPY (12.30pm) riverrun (3.15pm) Cuckooed (5.45pm) Unfaithful (8.30pm) Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone (11.15pm)

City of the Blind, online all day

Sunday 24 August Unfaithful (10am) SmallWar (12.45pm) LIPPY (3.15pm) riverrun (6pm) Cuckooed (8.30pm) Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone (11.15pm)

City of the Blind, online all day


WORLD PREMIERE CHRIS GOODE AND COMPANY IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROYAL COURT THEATRE

Men in the Cities

By Chris Goode

1 – 24 August Preview 31 July

Preview Thu 31 July (8.30pm)

Director Wendy Hubbard Writer/Performer Chris Goode Designer Naomi Dawson Lighting Designer Katharine Williams

Preview ticket price £12/£7 concessions

Three-time Fringe First winner Chris Goode (Monkey Bars) returns to the Traverse with an incendiary piece of experimental storytelling.

Dates Fri 1 – Sun 24 Aug

Framed by two violent deaths – the apparently inexplicable suicide of a young gay man, and the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich in May 2013 – Men in the Cities is a compelling piece about harm and complicity, and about the forces that shape our relationships.

Tickets Full Price £18 Standard Concession £13 Other Concessions £8

Through fractured snapshots of seemingly disconnected lives, Men in the Cities presents a challenging but radically humane portrait of how we live now.

Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets Fri 1 & Sat 2 Aug T2

16+

Supported by Arts Council England

www.chrisgoodeandcompany.co.uk @chrisgoodeandco

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

“A theatre-maker of infinite talent and infinite compassion.” The Guardian “A star of intelligent leftfield theatre.” Time Out

WEEK 0 Tue 29 Jul WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 6.30pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 8.45pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 11am

Wed 30 Jul

Thu 31 Jul 8.30pm P

Fri 1 Aug 11am

Sat 2 Aug 1.45pm

Sun 3 Aug 3.45pm

Wed 6 Aug 8.45pm

Thu 7 Aug 11am

Fri 8 Aug 1.45pm

Sat 9 Aug 3.45pm

Sun 10 Aug 6.30pm

Wed 13 Aug 11am

Thu 14 Aug 1.45pm

Fri 15 Aug 3.45pm

Sat 16 Aug 6.30pm

Sun 17 Aug 8.45pm

Wed 20 Aug 1.45pm

Thu 21 Aug 3.45pm

Fri 22 Aug 6.30pm

Sat 23 Aug 8.45pm

Sun 24 Aug 11am

Image by Chris Goode and Company


WORLD PREMIERE GARY MCNAIR

Donald Robertson is Not a Stand-Up Comedian By Gary McNair

1 – 24 August Preview 31 July

Preview Thu 31 Jul (6pm)

Writer/Performer Gary McNair Director Gareth Nicholls

Preview ticket price £13/£7 concessions

What would you do if everyone in the world hated you? Would you run? Would you fight? Or would you try to make them laugh?

Dates Fri 1 – Sun 24 Aug

Donald Robertson has no mates and he isn't funny. But with guidance from his new mentor Gary, he hopes that this is all about to change. Writer/performer Gary McNair returns to the Traverse after 2012's hit Born To Run with a coming of age story that deconstructs the darker side of comedy, and sees McNair performing at his 'brilliant best'.

Tickets Full Price £18 Standard Concession £13 Other Concessions £8

“McNair is at his brilliant best… it’s difficult to imagine these vital questions about comedy, masculinity, hierarchy and cruelty being handled more skilfully.” ««««The Scotsman (on a work-in-progress performance of this show as part of Behaviour 2013)

“McNair forensically explores the power of comedy to win friends and humiliate people… Killingly funny.”
 ««««The Herald (on a work-in-progress performance of this show as part of Behaviour 2013)

WEEK 0 WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 3.45pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 6.15pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 8.45pm

Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Fri 1 & Sat 2 Aug T2

PG

www.garymcnair.co.uk @thegarymcnair Originally developed and supported by the National Theatre of Scotland and The Arches, with support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

Wed 30 Jul

Thu 31 Jul 6pm P

Fri 1 Aug 8.30pm

Sat 2 Aug 11am

Sun 3 Aug 1.15pm

Wed 6 Aug 6.15pm

Thu 7 Aug 8.45pm

Fri 8 Aug 11am

Sat 9 Aug 1.15pm

Sun 10 Aug 3.45pm

Wed 13 Aug 8.45pm

Thu 14 Aug 11am

Fri 15 Aug 1.15pm

Sat 16 Aug 3.45pm

Sun 17 Aug 6.15pm

Wed 20 Aug 11am

Thu 21 Aug 1.15pm

Fri 22 Aug 3.45pm

Sat 23 Aug 6.15pm

Sun 24 Aug 8.45pm Image by Niall Walker


EUROPEAN PREMIERE STELLAR QUINES THEATRE COMPANY

The Carousel

By Jennifer Tremblay, translated by Shelley Tepperman

1 – 24 August

Preview Thu 31 Jul (1.15pm)

Preview 31 July

Preview ticket price £12/£7 concession

Director Muriel Romanes Cast Maureen Beattie Nothing can stop the carousel. While driving to her dying mother’s bedside, a woman calls upon the spirit of her dead grandmother. So begins a quest through a labyrinth of memories. The Carousel is a journey that shatters the certainties of a woman marked by a pitiless landscape. Ultimately, joy prevails, in a final ride on the carousel. A poignant one-woman play by celebrated Quebec dramatist Jennifer Tremblay, writer of The List, a Fringe sell-out for Stellar Quines and winner of Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards. “Maureen Beattie [gives a] mesmerising and thrillingly unforgiving performance as a woman who cannot forgive herself.” The Guardian (on The List)

BONUS: Rehearsal Room 24 will be performing a rehearsed reading of Deliverance, the next installment in Jennifer Tremblay’s trilogy of plays, on 15 August at 10am. Tickets £6/£4. Full details at traverse.co.uk WEEK 0 Tue 29 Jul WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 11am WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 1.15pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 3.45pm

Dates Fri 1 – Sun 24 Aug Tickets Full Price £18 Standard Concession £13 Other Concessions £8 Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Fri 1 & Sat 2 Aug T2

12+

Supported by Creative Scotland See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

Audio Described Sun 17 Aug, 1.15pm Sign Language Interpreted Sun 24 Aug, 3.45pm

Wed 30 Jul

Thu 31 Jul 1.15pm P

Fri 1 Aug 3.45pm

Sat 2 Aug 6.30pm

Sun 3 Aug 8.30pm

Wed 6 Aug 1.15pm

Thu 7 Aug 3.45pm

Fri 8 Aug 6.30pm

Sat 9 Aug 8.30pm

Sun 10 Aug 11am

Wed 13 Aug 3.45pm

Thu 14 Aug 6.30pm

Fri 15 Aug 8.30pm

Sat 16 Aug 11am

Sun 17 Aug 1.15pm

Wed 20 Aug 6.30pm

Thu 21 Aug 8.30pm

Fri 22 Aug 11am

Sat 23 Aug 1.15pm

Sun 24 Aug 3.45pm


WORLD PREMIERE FIRE EXIT

Horizontal Collaboration By David Leddy

1 – 24 August

Preview Thu 31 July (3.45pm)

Preview 31 July

Writer & Director David Leddy Performed daily by new actors, always reading blind, Horizontal Collaboration is an intense drama where sex, power and politics meet emotion, seduction and destruction. Four lamps, four laptops. Four U.N. lawyers present explosive tribunal transcripts from Judith K, an African warlord’s wife. After her husband’s assassination, Judith becomes leader. She takes her people on a treacherous path towards peace… or does she? Lawyers turn down lamps one by one, then laptops, until we’re all left in darkness. A thrilling new piece from multi-award-winning writer/director David Leddy. Enjoy as part of a Double Bill with downloadable drama City of the Blind. www.davidleddy.com Warning: sexual violence

Tickets Full Price £18 Standard Concession £13 Other Concessions £8 Special Offer Book for Horizontal Collaboration and get 50% reduction on price of City of the Blind. Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Fri 1 & Sat 2 Aug 16+

Supported by Creative Scotland and Made in Scotland. See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

"Scotland's leading theatrical innovator." The Times

WEEK 1 Tue 5 Aug 1.30pm WEEK 2 Tue 12 Aug 3.45pm WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 6.30pm

Dates Fri 1 – Sun 24 Aug

T2

“Edinburgh Fringe institution.” The Independent

WEEK 0 Tue 29 Jul

Preview ticket price £12/£7 concessions

Wed 30 Jul

Thu 31 Jul 3.45pm P

Fri 1 Aug 6.15pm

Sat 2 Aug 9.15pm

Sun 3 Aug 11am

Wed 6 Aug 3.45pm

Thu 7 Aug 6.30pm

Fri 8 Aug 9pm

Sat 9 Aug 11am

Sun 10 Aug 1.30pm

Wed 13 Aug 6.30pm

Thu 14 Aug 9.15pm

Fri 15 Aug 11am

Sat 16 Aug 1.30pm

Sun 17 Aug 3.45pm

Wed 20 Aug 9.15pm

Thu 21 Aug 11am

Fri 22 Aug 1.30pm

Sat 23 Aug 3.45pm

Sun 24 Aug 6.30pm

Image by Minttu Mäntynen / Concept by David Leddy / Pictured is Adura Onashile


WORLD PREMIERE FIRE EXIT

City of the Blind

By David Leddy

1 – 24 August Writer & Director David Leddy As part of their festival programme Fire Exit bring us an epic political thriller available anywhere with wi-fi access, via smartphone or tablet. City of the Blind is an emotionally complex and intellectually provocative drama, from multi-award-winning writer/director David Leddy. Imagine a downloaded book that comes alive with audio, photos and video. Follow U.N. investigator and whistleblower Cassie Al-Khatib caught in a web of surveillance, violence, and counter-intelligence. Throughout six thirty-minute long chapters you access secret files to hear Cassie’s voicemail, intercept emails, and watch CCTV. Based on research into shocking real-life abuse committed by U.N. peacekeepers, City of the Blind can be enjoyed as part of a Double Bill with live show Horizontal Collaboration. Download only available at www.davidleddy.com.

Dates Fri 1 – Sun 24 Aug (available for download 24 hours each day) Tickets Only available online for download, £8.99 Special Offer Book for Horizontal Collaboration and get 50% reduction on price of City of the Blind. Venue Online at www.davidleddy.com O

16+

Supported by Creative Scotland and Made in Scotland See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information. Warning: sexual violence

"Star Scottish playwright David Leddy.” The Metro "Theatrical maverick with a propensity for fearless experiment.” Financial Times

Schedule City of the Blind is available for download from www.davidleddy.com daily from the 1–24 August, 24 hours each day

Image by Minttu Mäntynen / Concept by David Leddy / Pictured is Claire Knight


SHONA REPPE

HUFF

By Shona Reppe and Andy Manley

1 – 24 August Creators Shona Reppe & Andy Manley Sound Designer Danny Krass Lighting Designer Sergey Jakovsky Experience The Three Little Pigs like never before. Enter the world of HUFF, a walk-through experience for audiences of just three people at a time. Explore a series of curious chambers but beware of the figure lurking in the shadows. Who will save your bacon? Are you afraid of the big bad wolf?

Dates Fri 1 – Sun 24 Aug Tickets £6 TU

8+

Supported by Made in Scotland and Creative Scotland See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

Expeditions through HUFF take place every eight minutes from 10.30am until 7pm, with a duration of 25 minutes. HUFF is suitable for children aged eight and over and fearless adults. Remember, in HUFF, no one can hear you squeal. www.shonareppe.co.uk @shonareppe “HUFF really has pushed the boundaries of children's theatre with consummate flair.” The Herald “One of the finest pieces made for older children in Scotland this year.” The Scotsman

Schedule HUFF runs from 1 – 24 August. Expeditions through HUFF take place daily (except Mondays), every eight minutes from 10.30am until 7pm, with a duration of 25 minutes. Times and tickets available from the Traverse Box Office

Image by Shona Reppe


SCOTTISH PREMIERE SOHO THEATRE AND DAVID JOHNSON & JOHN MACKAY IN ASSOCIATION WITH IBT

Kim Noble: You’re Not Alone By Kim Noble

20 – 24 August Preview 19 August

Preview Tue 19 Aug (11.15pm)

Directors Kim Noble & Gary Reich Cast Kim Noble

Preview ticket price £13/£7 concessions

Blending performance, comedy and film, Kim Noble tries to get close to other people on this planet. Keith for instance. You maybe.

Dates Wed 20 – Sun 24 Aug

You’re Not Alone is a provocative, moving and comic production that chronicles one man’s attempts at connection, friendship and employment at B&Q. Kim Noble takes his audience on a journey through tower blocks, supermarkets and Facebook, seeking an escape from the loneliness of modern society. It is an intimate glimpse into the mind of an eccentric genius.

Tickets Full Price £19 Standard Concession £14 Other Concessions £8

www.mrkimnoble.com

T1

"Kim Noble is a genius.” Time Out

Wed 20 Aug 11.15pm

18+

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

“Just how annoying is Kim Noble?” New York Times

WEEK 3 Tue 19 Aug 11.15pm P

Traverse Theatre Club £10 tickets on Wed 20 Aug

Thu 21 Aug 11.15pm

Fri 22 Aug 11.15pm

Sat 23 Aug 11.15pm

Sun 24 Aug 11.15pm Image by Joanna Paterson


PLAYWRIGHTS' STUDIO, SCOTLAND AND MADE IN SCOTLAND

TalkFest 11 & 18 August Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Made in Scotland showcase, the Traverse’s own programme and the wider Edinburgh Festivals. Sharing the Experience Chaired by Gary McNair Mon 11 Aug, 2.30pm The audience is increasingly an integral part of the theatrical experience – as participants or even as the protagonist of the story. How is this immersive style challenging the role of the artist? And how much of the work’s creation is truly owned by the audience? Panel includes Fleur Darkin, Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre (miann) and A Band Called Quinn’s Louise Quinn (Biding Time). Feminism is the New Black Chaired by Linda McLean Mon 11 Aug, 5pm What is behind the popularity and diversity of theatre about women at this year’s Festival? Has Feminist Theatre gone mainstream? Is it a reaction to an art form that views the female experience as specific to women - but the male story as universal? Panel includes Caroline Bowditch (Falling in Love with Frida) and Rosana Cade (Sister).

Dates Mon 11 Aug (2.30pm, 5pm) Mon 18 Aug (2.30pm, 5pm) Tickets Full Price £6 Concession £4 T2

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www.playwrightsstudio.co.uk @Pwrightsstudio Supported by Made in Scotland and Creative Scotland See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information. *Italicised shows are part of the broader Festival programme and not solely part of the Traverse Festival schedule

Come the Revolution Chaired by Nicola McCartney Mon 18 Aug, 2.30pm In the year Scotland votes for or against independence, theatre about (and perhaps as) political protest is a significant part of the Festival. How much can theatre mobilise political opinion and action? Panel includes Ross MacKay of Tortoise in a Nutshell (Feral) and John McCann (Spoiling). Not in Front of the Adults! Chaired by Oliver Emanuel Mon 18 Aug, 5pm Is theatre for children and young people more exciting than ‘grownup’ theatre? Is there more space for experimentation and innovation? And is there something unique about Scotland, where a wealth of independent artists and theatre companies are making world-class work? Panel includes Christine Devaney, Artistic Director of Curious Seed (Chalk About) and Shona Reppe (HUFF).

Image by Shutterstock


UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH AND PLAYWRIGHTS’ STUDIO, SCOTLAND

Pre-View

By Helene Cloete, Jackie Crichton, Deb Jones, Charlotte Laidig

11 & 18 August

Dates Mon 11 & Mon 18 Aug (7.30pm)

Four readings from four brand new plays by four emerging and established playwrights from Scotland, England, Wales and South Africa. Tickets Full Price £6 Concession £4 Level by level, a woman games designer plays the game of her life against the trolls who torment her in the virtual world. T2 U In a bear pit, six chosen victims are forced to fight to the death. Serving out her sentence, a female lifer battles for the other women around her to choose life.

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

A clown takes a deep breath and steps onto the stage in one of Shakespeare’s most challenging roles. Extracts from the plays are performed as script-in-hand readings by a professional ensemble of Scottish actors. All writers are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh. www.playwrightsstudio.co.uk @Pwrightsstudio

Image by Eoin Carey


WORLD PREMIERE THEATRE UNCUT

Theatre Uncut 2014 4, 11, 18 August Directors Hannah Price, Emma Callander, Murat Daltaban and Emily Reutlinger Exclusive previews of brand new commissioned plays for 2014 from Theatre Uncut. 4 August First look at our brand new plays for 2014 - provocative and fascinating rapid responses to current events in the UK and around the world. This year’s topics will be decided by public canvassing in the runup to the Festival. Join the conversation on Twitter @theatreuncut. 11 August Leading Scottish writers explore issues surrounding Scottish Independence and the upcoming referendum.

Dates Mon 4, Mon 11 & Mon 18 Aug (10am) Tickets Full Price £8 Concession £6 TB

14+

The 18th August performance is supported by DOT Tiyatro, and has been made possible thanks to the kind support of Misafir Suites 8 Istanbul and 1890. See page 2 (Booking Tickets) for full pricing information.

18 August A collaboration with DOT Tiyatro, Istanbul. Six new pieces by Turkish and British writers exploring the events surrounding Gezi Park, one of the world’s largest and deadliest protests, and the ongoing threats to democracy in Turkey. (www.go-dot.org). Come and participate in Theatre Uncut 2014 and tell us what you think at the post-show discussions. www.theatreuncut.co.uk @theatreuncut “21st century live theatre at the raw peak of its powers, doing exactly what it does best” The Scotsman "Theatre Uncut isn't just a performance, it's an idea: that theatre can be immediately responsive to world events, engender discussion and effect change." The Guardian “[Theatre Uncut] ingeniously brings new technology to bear on traditional agitprop, combining live performance and instantaneous multiplication.” The Observer Image by Nina Feldman


THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND AND IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TRAVERSE THEATRE

The James Tait Black Prize for Drama 11 August Join the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland and in association with the Traverse Theatre, for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014. Extracts from the three finalists’ submissions will be presented, followed by the announcement of this year's winner. This £10,000 prize is awarded to the best new play worldwide, demonstrating an original theatrical voice and making a significant contribution to the art form. In 2013, its inaugural year, the Prize went to Tim Price for his play The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning.

Date & time Mon 11 Aug (6pm) Tickets Full Price £6 Concessions £4 T1

12+

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

Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink. Hosted by Joyce McMillan, Theatre Critic, The Scotsman.

Image of Tim Price and Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea by Chris James


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Access Copies of this brochure and an access guide are available in large print and audio formats from the Traverse Box Office 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 steps from Ground Floor to the Bar Café, 29 steps down from the Bar Café to Traverse 1 and 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.

Companion Service

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

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.

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 a transmitter. This ranges from character backgrounds, the appearance of the set and interactions during the performance. Hearing Enhancement Hearing enhancement is amplified sound to a personal headset via a 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 limited wheelchair spaces available across 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 boxoffice@traverse.co.uk and then make yourself known to the Front of House team on arrival, as they will be expecting you.


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