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Buying tickets & ways to save BOX OFFICE OPENING TIMES Friday 30 July, 10am – 8pm Saturday 31 July, 10am – 6pm Sunday 1 August, closed Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 August, 10am – 7pm Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 August: Monday, 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday, 9am – 9.45pm Monday 16 to Sunday 29 August: Monday, 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday, 8.30am – 9.45pm WAYS TO SAVE

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RESERVATIONS Unpaid reservations can be held for five days or until 1 hour prior to performance (which ever is the shorter period). LATECOMERS Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for your journey to the Traverse. Due to the intimate nature of our theatre spaces and performances, it is unfortunately not usually possible to allow late entry. This is because of the disruption caused to the audience and the performers. TRAVERSE BAR CAFE Serves delicious food until 10pm, drinks till late and hosts very special events. (See page 27 for full details.) Reservations 0131 228 5383. SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES For performances that sell out in advance, a waiting list for returns will be started one hour prior to the start time. This service is only available to personal callers at the Traverse and is limited to two tickets per person. EXCHANGES Tickets booked through the Traverse Box Office can be exchanged (availability permitting) for an alternative performance, or for credit, up to 24 hours prior to the start of the original performance booked. Exchanges are subject to an administrative fee of £1 per ticket up to a maximum of £5 per transaction plus the difference in ticket price (if applicable). Any resulting refund will be held as credit for use against any future purchase through the Traverse Box Office.

Traverse Theatre Festival 2010 Venues Traverse Theatre (Venue 15) 10 Cambridge Street Edinburgh EH1 2ED

Scottish Book Trust (Venue 346) Sandeman House Edinburgh EH1 2SR

Scotland Yard (Venue 80) Scotland Yard Playground George V Park Edinburgh EH3 5DX

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St. Stephen’s Church (Venue 101) (Bottom of St. Vincent Street) Edinburgh EH3 5AB


SCOTLAND’S NEW WRITING THEATRE – see the familiar in unfamiliar ways

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I’m really excited by and proud of our 2010 Festival programme. Long-time collaborators join newer companies in what is undoubtedly one of the biggest, most entertaining and most challenging seasons in our 47 years. Eighteen productions – 7 world premieres, 5 UK premieres and 4 Scottish premieres. Serious drama, comedy, music and dance appear alongside shows that refuse to be categorised. This all proves that the Traverse Festival continues to offer something new for everyone by presenting the familiar in unfamiliar ways. You’ll find all the details of our groundbreaking programme inside this brochure but I just want to draw your attention to the two Traverse Theatre Company productions. Sam Holcroft’s While You Lie headlines a programme of major new work. Sam developed her extraordinary talent in the Traverse’s Young Writers’ Group and more recently as our Pearson Playwright in residence. Her shocking new play will be one of the most talked-about shows at the festival. Over the last few years, we have been successfully serving up plays with our breakfast! This year we team up with Hibrow Productions to present a programme of staged readings of specially commissioned work by major writers from the UK and Ireland. These readings will be filmed live for later presentation on the internet, as well as for Traverse Live! - a special one-off live performance with simultaneous

“A finely balanced combination of the new, the established, the foreign and the home-grown. The Traverse is, in other words, the national theatre of the Fringe, a venue that is as much its crowning glory as its raison d’étre, its vibrant cutting edge as well as its establishment.” Mark Fisher, The Guardian

Photo credit: Robbie Jack

Welcome to the Traverse Theatre Festival 2010 transmission to cinemas throughout the country (see page 5 for details). We’re celebrating the city of Edinburgh in all its glory this year with two outdoor shows and three venues outwith the Traverse building. I am equally delighted to welcome you to Edinburgh’s newly thriving cultural quarter. This has recently emerged from a major refurbishment primarily of our neighbouring Usher Hall but also landscaping of the area around us. If you are a regular visitor, or a first time visitor, thank you for your support in making our work such success both during the Festival and throughout the year. By popular demand, you’ll also notice that we are re-launching the much lamented Traverse Theatre Club (see page 28)! If you would like more information on the benefits of becoming a member and how to join, just contact my colleague Fiona – Fiona.sturgeonshea@traverse.co.uk. We hope we have everything here at the Traverse from nine in the morning until late night to make your Festival experience unmissable and unforgettable. See you there!

Dominic Hill Artistic Director

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“A playwright with a fearsome theatrical imagination.” The List

TRAVERSE TWO. World Premiere. Scotland. 1 hr, 30 mins. Traverse Theatre Company

While You Lie

by Sam Holcroft 6 – 29 Aug

“A playwright brave enough to do battle with the big ideas.” The Guardian

Previews 30 July and 5 Aug

Director Zinnie Harris Designer Alex Lowde Lighting Designer Lizzie Powell Cast Pauline Knowles, Claire Lams, Steven McNicoll, Andrew Scott Ramsay, Leo Wringer Small lies, little lies, tender lies, well-intentioned untruths. Ana calls Edward’s bluff on their disintegrating relationship and enters a deadly truthful world where honesty is celebrated in all of its dangerous glory. They don’t make women like Helen anymore: loving mother, home-maker, wife. But beneath the civilised veneer of her life, a dark truth threatens to surface. Two couples explore the threat of honesty and our perverse need for it in this blistering play from one of UK theatre’s most exciting new voices, Sam Holcroft. Her first play, Cockroach, was an instant sensation when it premiered as part of the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) and Traverse Theatre Debuts season. Zinnie Harris is a playwright and theatre director. Her stage plays include Fall for the Traverse Theatre Company (Traverse Festival 2008) and the award-winning Further Than the Furthest Thing (Tron/National Theatre). As a director she has worked for the NTS, Tron Theatre and the RSC. Most recently she has been writing for screen including Spooks (BBC1). Claire Lams who plays Ana Photo credit: Laurence Winram

Contains scenes of an adult nature. www.traverse.co.uk www.madeinscotland2010.com

Part of the Made in Scotland Programme funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

PREVIEWs: Friday 30 July (2.30pm, 8.00pm), Thursday 5 August (3.45pm). PREVIEW ticket price: £11 (£6 concessions) Dates & Times: Friday 6 – Sunday 29 August.

WEEK 0. Friday 6 Aug (6.45pm), Saturday 7 Aug (9.15pm), Sunday 8 Aug (10.15am). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (1.00pm), Wednesday 11 Aug (3.45pm),

Thursday 12 Aug (6.45pm), Friday 13 Aug (9.30pm), Saturday 14 Aug (10.15am), Sunday 15 Aug (1.00pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (3.45pm), Wednesday 18

Aug (6.45pm), Thursday 19 Aug (9.30pm), Friday 20 Aug (10.15am), Saturday 21 Aug (1.00pm), Sunday 22 Aug (4.00pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (6.45pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (9.45pm), Thursday 26 Aug (10.15am), Friday 27 Aug (1.00pm), Saturday 28 Aug (3.45pm), Sunday 29 Aug (6.45pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £15 (£11 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £17 (£12 concessions)

HOT TICKETS: £11 (£6 concessions) on Friday 6 August if bought before Friday 23 July (subject to availability)

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 18 August (6.45pm)

SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 18 August (6.45pm) AGE RECOMMENDATION: 16+


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TRAVERSE TWO. World Premiere. Scotland. 30 mins TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY & HIBROW PRODUCTIONS

Impossible Things Traverse Before Breakfast Live! 18 – 29 Aug

23 Aug

Breakfast theatre returns to the Traverse after 2009’s Fringe First award-winning programme The World Is Too Much. Immerse yourself in the action this year as an exciting fusion of film and theatre explodes onto the stage. Leading playwrights including Marina Carr, David Eldridge, Linda McLean, Simon Stephens and Enda Walsh let their imaginations run riot in specially commissioned plays, performed as staged readings, first thing in the morning. Breakfast included in the ticket price. High Definition cameras will record performances for simulcast and webcast by Hibrow Productions for the world’s first comprehensive online platform for the performing and visual arts. “This is exactly what good playwriting should look like.” Itsonitsgone on The World is Too Much

Traverse Live! 23 Aug

Following the pioneering NT Live and The Met: Live, Hibrow Productions are beaming the Traverse to the world in High Definition! Be part of a one-off live performance of all of the Impossible Things Before Breakfast plays. Simultaneously broadcast to film theatres across the UK, including Edinburgh’s Cameo. If you’re not at the Traverse, or even in Edinburgh, catch Traverse Live! at participating Picturehouse and other cinemas across the UK. www.traverse.co.uk

Dates & Times: Wednesday 18 – Sunday 29 August.

WEEK 2. Wednesday 18 Aug (9.00am), Thursday 19 Aug (9.00am), Friday 20 Aug (9.00am), Saturday 21 Aug (9.00am), Sunday 22 Aug (9.00am).

WEEK 3. Wednesday 25 Aug (9.00am), Thursday 26 Aug (9.00am), Friday 27 Aug (9.00am), Saturday 28 Aug (9.00am), Sunday 29 Aug (9.00am). Tickets: £12 (includes coffee and a breakfast roll) traverse live!

Date & Time: Monday 23 August 5.00pm (3hr). Tickets: £12


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TRAVERSE ONE. World Premiere. Scotland. 1 hr, 20 mins Vox Motus & Arts and Theatres Trust Fife supported by Platform

The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo

“Faultless, fast-paced, brilliant sense of style... a cutting-edge comicstrip show for theatre.” The Scotsman on Slick

by Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds 8 - 29 Aug Previews 2 and 7 Aug

Director Jamie Harrison and Candice Edmunds Composer Michael John McCarthy “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.” Woody Allen A frozen body found in a woodshed wreaks havoc in the local community, forcing them to confront questions of science, faith and immortality. Inspired by an incredible true story, Fringe First award-winners Vox Motus present a pitch dark comedy featuring a host of eccentric characters, original live music and stunning design. “A technical and emotional triumph.” The Stage on Bright Black Funded by Glasgow City Council and part of the Made in Scotland programme funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

www.voxmotus.co.uk www.madeinscotland2010.com Photo Credit: Gary Birnie

PREVIEWS: Monday 2 August (7.00pm), Saturday 7 August (3.00pm).

PREVIEW TICKET PRICE: £12 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Sunday 8 – Sunday 29 August. Week 0. Sunday 8 Aug (9.30pm). Week 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (12.45pm), Wednesday 11 Aug (4.15pm), Thursday 12 Aug (6.30pm), Friday 13 Aug (9.45pm), Saturday 14 Aug (12.45pm), Sunday 15 Aug (4.15pm). Week 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (6.30pm), Wednesday 18 Aug (9.30pm), Thursday 19 Aug (12.45pm), Friday 20 Aug (4.15pm), Saturday 21 Aug (6.30pm), Sunday 22 Aug (9.45pm). Week 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (12.45pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (4.00pm), Thursday 26 Aug (6.30pm), Friday 27 Aug (9.15pm), Saturday 28 Aug (12.45pm), Sunday 29 Aug (3.45pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) on Sunday 8 August if bought before Sunday 25 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+


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Traverse IN THE CITY. UK Premiere. Australia. 1hr, 30 mins One step at a time like this and Richard Jordan Productions ltd

en route

by Suzanne Kersten, Clair Korobacz Paul Moir, Julian Rickert 7 – 29 Aug Previews 3 – 6 Aug

Concept Julian Rickert Created by one step at a time like this If I told you I loved this city; love the way it opens it ways and lanes to me, love the way it takes and absorbs me without making a fuss; love the way it winds my walking to its contours, gives resistance to my dreaming would you be jealous? A love song to your city. With an ipod and mobile phone, discover the choreography of Edinburgh as streetscapes become the set and passers-by performers. Winner of the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Award for best production and two of Melbourne’s Green Room Awards, en route combines a crafted narrative and pulsating soundtrack, created for the city it inhabits. It’s a unique theatrical experience which transforms you into a traveller, voyeur and witness to the city’s secrets and found experiences. Be touched by your city as if for the first time. Meet at the Traverse Theare Box Office. This is an outdoor performance. Audiences are advised to dress for walking and weather. www.onestepatatimelikethis.com

Photo credit: Julian Rickert This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

PREVIEWS: Tuesday 3 August (10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm), Wednesday 4 August (10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm), Thursday 5 August (10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm), Friday 6 August (10.30pm, 1.00pm, 3.30pm).

PREVIEW TICKET PRICE: £12 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Saturday 7 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 Aug (10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 Aug (10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 Aug (10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm). Week 3. Tuesday 24 – Sunday 29 Aug (10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.30pm) Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions/ £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) on Saturday 7 August if bought before Saturday 24 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+


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TRAVERSE ONE. Scottish Premiere. England. 1 hr, 15 mins

“Work No. 1020, like a lot of Creed’s art, sets up a beguiling collision between system and spontaneity, a dismantling of seriousness.”

Sadler’s Wells and the Fruitmarket Gallery

Martin Creed Ballet Work No. 1020 8 – 15 Aug

The Guardian

Previews 3 and 7 Aug

Directed, choreographed and composed by Martin Creed Dancers Kerry Biggin, Delphine Gaborit, Eleanor Forest, Nadia Sadiq, Mikah Smillie Voice and Guitar Martin Creed Bass Keiko Owada Piano Genevieve Murphy Drums Ben Kane Sound Technician Nick Rundall Technician Rob Eagle Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed’s funny and thoughtful Work No.1020 comes to the Traverse after its sell out world premiere in London last year. Using video and music composed by Creed and played by his band, Ballet Work No. 1020 is performed by five dancers, who are restricted to using the five core classical ballet positions, each of which are ascribed a musical note. By limiting the dancers to the five positions, Creed establishes a tight framework in which to examine the changing effects of time, speed and direction. A major solo exhibition by Martin Creed is also showing through the festival at the Fruitmarket Gallery. Contains scenes of an adult nature. www.martincreed.com www.fruitmarket.co.uk www.sadlerswells.com

Photo credit: Ben Dowden

Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Frieze Music.

PREVIEWS: Tuesday 3 August (7.00pm), Saturday 7 August (9.30pm). PREVIEW ticket prices: £12 (£6 concessions) Dates & Times: Sunday 8 – Sunday 15 August. WEEK 0. Sunday 8 Aug (10.30am). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (6.15pm), Wednesday 11 (9.45pm), Thursday 12 Aug (12.45pm), Friday 13 Aug (4.15pm), Saturday 14 Aug (6.15pm), Sunday 15 Aug (9.45pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) on Sunday 8 August if bought before Sunday 25 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+


Traverse @ St. Stephen’s. European Premiere. USA.

60 mins

Barrow Street Theatre

Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl by Geoff Sobelle and Charlotte Ford 4 – 28 Aug Preview 3 Aug

Barricaded behind the doors of civilisation’s last office, co-workers rearrange the food chain in a feral mix of theatre, art and taxidermy. From the twisted minds of Charlotte Ford and Geoff Sobelle (2005’s sold out, smash hit all wear bowlers), comes their latest concoction of off-thechart physical humour and provocative storytelling. Returning to the festival for the first time since 2006, New York’s renowned Barrow Street Theatre is pleased to present Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl; the world’s greatest hour of existential clowning, about life, love, office politics and survival, culminating in an unforgettable, mind-blowing showdown between a ravenous natural world and the last humans on earth.

“Funny, startling, thought-provoking, just plain weird. Terrific!” Philadelphia Inquirer

www.barrowstreettheatre.com

PREVIEW: Tuesday 3 August (7.00pm). PREVIEW ticket prices: £12 (£6 concessions) Dates & Times: Wednesday 4 – Saturday 28 August. WEEK 0. Wednesday 4 – Sunday 8 Aug (7.00pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 Aug (7.00pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 – Friday 20 Aug (7.00pm), Saturday 21 Aug (1.00pm, 7.00pm), Sunday 22 Aug (7.00pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 Aug (7.00pm), Saturday 28 Aug (1.00pm, 7.00pm). Saturday 28 Aug (7.00pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions/ £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £11 (£6 concessions) on Wednesday 4 August if bought before Wednesday 21 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 8+

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TRAVERSE TWO. World Premiere. England/Wales. 1 hr, 30 mins Shared Experience/Sherman Cymru

Speechless by Linda Brogan and

Polly Teale. Based on The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace 6– 29 Aug

Preview 5 Aug

An extraordinary story of two girls’ struggle to be heard... Shared Experience (Jane Eyre, War and Peace, The Glass Menagerie) and Sherman Cymru (Deep Cut – Fringe First/ Herald Angel/Amnesty International award-winners) join forces to portray the extraordinary story of identical twins June and Jennifer Gibbons. Refusing to speak to adults, the twins communicate in their own private language, their only relationship being their intense and turbulent bond with each other. Inspired by Marjorie Wallace’s best-selling book The Silent Twins, Polly Teale and Linda Brogan’s powerful new play is an astonishing and moving portrayal of the secret world of a very special but ultimately destructive alliance between two sisters. Speechless is directed and co-written by the Artistic Director of Shared Experience, Polly Teale. Celebrated for her potent visual and imaginative style, she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director for her own play After Mrs Rochester, which also won the Time Out Award for Best West End Production. Contains some scenes of a sexual nature. www.sharedexperience.org.uk www.shermancymru.co.uk

Photo credit: Eureka Design Consultants

PREVIEW: Thursday 5 August (10.15am). Preview ticket price: £11 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Friday 6 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Friday 6 Aug (1.15pm), Saturday 7 Aug (4.00pm), Sunday 8 Aug (6.45pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (9.30pm), Wednesday 11 Aug (10.15am), Thursday 12 Aug (1.15pm), Friday 13 Aug (4.00pm), Saturday 14 Aug (6.45pm), Sunday 15 Aug (9.30pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (10.15am), Wednesday 18 Aug (1.15pm), Thursday 19 Aug (4.00pm), Friday 20 Aug (6.45pm), Saturday 21 Aug (9.30pm), Sunday 22 Aug (10.15am). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (1.15pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (4.15pm), Thursday 26 Aug (6.45pm), Friday 27 Aug (9.30pm), Saturday 28 Aug (10.15am), Sunday 29 Aug (1.15pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £15 (£11 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £17 (£12 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £11 (£6 concessions) on Friday 6 August if bought before Friday 23 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+


Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust. World Premiere. Scotland. 35 mins CATHERINE WHEELS THEATRE COMPANY

White

“One of Scotland’s top theatre groups for children.” The Scotsman

Created by Andy Manley 5 – 29 Aug Preview 5 Aug

Designer Shona Reppe Composer Danny Krass Performers Andy Manley and Ian Cameron

A performance made especially for 2 – 4 year olds. Come with us into the sparkling world of White where everything is bright and new. It gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. But someone has to keep it that way and there’s a problem. All anyone can think about in this white world is red…and yellow…and green…and blue… White is a playful and highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience. Catherine Wheels is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed children’s theatre company. “The high wire act of Scottish children’s theatre.” Times Educational Supplement Supported by Scottish Arts Council, Brunton Theatre Musselburgh. Part of the Made in Scotland programme funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

www.catherinewheels.co.uk www.madeinscotland2010.com

Photo credit: map.ref.ltd

PREVIEW: Thursday 5 August (10.30am). Preview ticket price: £4 Dates & Times: Thursday 5 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 Aug (10.30 am. 1.30pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 –Friday 13 Aug (10.30am, 1.30pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 Aug (10.30am, 1.30pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug – Sunday 29 Aug (10.30am, 1.30pm). Tickets: £6 (£5 groups over 10 people. 11th ticket free) AGE RECOMMENDATION: 2 – 4

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TRAVERSE two. Scottish Premiere. England. 1 hr, 20 mins

“This bold, brave, playful piece, a devastating riff on ways of seeing.”

News From Nowhere presents a Royal Court Theatre production

The Author

The Guardian

by Tim Crouch 6 – 29 Aug Preview 5 Aug

Director Karl James and a. smith (sic) Lighting Design Matt Drury Music and Sound Ben Ringham & Max Ringham Cast Tim Crouch, Chris Goode, Vic Llewellyn, Esther Smith I have the choice to continue. I have the choice to stop. Settle back into the warmth of the theatre. Relax as the story unfolds. Tap your feet to the music, turn to your neighbour. You’re here. Tim Crouch’s latest play is about the abuse carried out in the name of art. Performed within its audience, it tells the story of another play: a shocking and violent play written by a playwright who oversteps the line. The Author is a highly original and terrifyingly seductive journey into the horror of our mediated world. The Author sold out when it opened at the Royal Court Theatre in autumn 2009. At the Traverse, the cast is joined by multiple Fringe First award-winner Chris Goode. Tim Crouch’s previous plays include An Oak Tree (Herald Angel 2005) and ENGLAND (Fringe First, Herald Archangel, Total Theatre Award 2007) Contains disturbing imagery. www.newsfromnowhere.net

Photo credit: Stephen Cummiskey

PREVIEW: Thursday 5 August (1.00pm). Preview ticket price: £11 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Friday 6 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Friday 6 Aug (4.00pm), Saturday 7 Aug (6.45pm), Sunday 8 Aug (9.45pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (10.15am), Wednesday 11 Aug (1.00pm), Thursday 12 Aug (4.00pm), Friday 13 Aug (6.45pm), Saturday 14 Aug (9.30pm), Sunday 15 Aug (10.15am). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (1.00pm), Wednesday 18 Aug (4.00pm), Thursday 19 Aug (6.45pm), Friday 20 Aug (9.30pm), Saturday 21 Aug (10.15am), Sunday 22 Aug (1.15pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (4.00pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (7.00pm), Thursday 26 Aug (9.30pm), Friday 27 Aug (10.15am), Saturday 28 Aug (1.00pm), Sunday 29 Aug (4.00pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £15 (£11 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £17 (£12 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £11 (£6 concessions) on Friday 6 August if bought before Friday 23 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 18+


TRAVERSE ONE. UK Premiere. Ireland. 1 hr, 30 mins

“Walsh is a writer whose every line swaggers with imagination, humour, toughness or all three.”

Druid

Penelope

by Enda Walsh 8 – 29 Aug

The Times

Previews 5 Aug and 7 Aug

Director Mikel Murfi Designer Sabine Dargent Lighting Designer Paul Keogan Sound Designer Gregory Clarke Cast Niall Buggy, Denis Conway, Tadhg Murphy, Karl Shiels, Olga Wehrly I never thought I’d have the backbone for suicide but faced now with the likelihood of watching my own backbone being removed and flung onto that barbecue, I think it’s only fair that I should give suicide a shot. A shot we can’t do… we have knives though. It’s 11.30am and already it’s 33 degrees Celsius. At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, 4 ridiculous men face their inevitable deaths, and play for an unwinnable love. Druid’s previous partnerships with Enda Walsh (Fringe First award-winners, The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom) have led to sell out runs in six countries worldwide wowing critics and audiences alike. Don’t miss this dynamic duo third time round. Presented with the support of Culture Ireland and The Arts Council of Ireland

www.druid.ie Photo credit: Sarah Jones

PREVIEWS: Thursday 5 August (2.30pm), Saturday 7 August (6.30pm). Preview ticket price: £12 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Sunday 8 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Sunday 8 Aug (3.00pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (3.30pm), Wednesday 11 Aug (7.00pm), Thursday 12 Aug (9.15pm), Friday 13 Aug (1.15pm), Saturday 14 Aug (3.30pm), Sunday 15 Aug (7.00pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (9.15pm), Wednesday 18 Aug (1.00pm), Thursday 19 Aug (3.30pm), Friday 20 Aug (7.00pm), Saturday 21 Aug (9.15pm), Sunday 22 Aug (1.00pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (3.30pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (6.45pm), Thursday 26 Aug (9.15pm), Friday 27 Aug (12.45pm), Saturday 28 Aug (3.30pm), Sunday 29 Aug (12.45pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) on Sunday 8 August if bought before Sunday 25 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+

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TRAVERSE TWo. World Premiere. England. 1 hr, 30 mins The Bush Theatre and Sheffield Theatres in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company

My Romantic History by D C Jackson 6 – 29 Aug Preview 5 Aug

Director Lyndsey Turner If you haven’t met someone by the time you graduate, you’re going to marry some idiot from your work. It’s that simple. Do you know how they get animals to breed in captivity? They put them in the same cage. Office romances are tricky. One moment you’re colleagues, then a quick grope after Friday night drinks and suddenly you’re in a relationship. When Tom and Amy get together after an office social, they find themselves living in each other’s pockets. But it’s not their lack of chemistry that’s the problem: it’s that neither of them can quite get over their childhood sweethearts. A brand new comedy about love, loss and laminating machines. Contains adult language.

Photo credit: Jay Charlson

PREVIEW: Thursday 5 August (6.30pm). Preview ticket price: £11 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Friday 6 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Friday 6 Aug (9.30pm), Saturday 7 Aug (10.15am), Sunday 8 Aug (1.00pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (3.45pm), Wednesday 11 Aug (6.30pm), Thursday 12 Aug (9.30pm), Friday 13 Aug (10.15am), Saturday 14 Aug (1.00pm), Sunday 15 Aug (3.45pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (6.45pm), Wednesday 18 Aug (9.45pm), Thursday 19 Aug (10.15am), Friday 20 Aug (1.00pm), Saturday 21 Aug (3.45pm), Sunday 22 Aug (6.45pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (9.30pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (10.15am), Thursday 26 Aug (1.00pm), Friday 27 Aug (3.45pm), Saturday 28 Aug (6.45pm), Sunday 29 Aug (9.45pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £15 (£11 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £17 (£12 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £11 (£6 concessions) on Friday 6 August if bought before Friday 23 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+


Festival 10 Diary

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 CafĂŠ levels. Wheelchair spaces, assistance dogs welcome. Infra-red (audio description and hearing enhancement headsets available from the Front of House staff).

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To book a wheelchair space or for any further access queries/ requirements contact Box Office staff on 0131 228 1404 or email boxoffice@traverse.co.uk.

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Artlink offers an escort service to help people with disability enjoy the arts – contact them directly at: www.artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or on 0131 229 3555

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: While You Lie Wednesday 18 Aug (6.45pm)

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: While You Lie Wednesday 18 Aug (6.45pm)

Traverse Theatre text relay number: 18001 0131 228 1404

Photo credit: Chris Park


Vladimir McTavish (8.30pm)

Jo Jo Sutherland (8.30pm)

Susan Morrison (8.30pm)

Wed 28 July

Ballet Work No.1020 (P) (7pm)

Tue 3 Aug

Wed 4 Aug

Encounters (2pm)

Traverse 2

Traverse 1

Mon 9 Aug

Freefall (3.30pm) The Not-So-Fatal...(6.30pm) Penelope (9.15pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(4.15pm) Penelope (7pm) Ballet Work No.1020 (9.45pm)

Penelope (3.30pm)

Ballet Work No.1020 (6.15pm)

Freefall (9.15pm)

Speechless (1.15pm) The Author (4pm) While You Lie (6.45pm) My Romantic History (9.30pm)

The Author (1pm) While You Lie (3.45pm) My Romantic History (6.30pm) The Girl in the... (9.15pm)

While You Lie (1pm)

My Romantic History (3.45pm)

The Girl in the...(6.30pm)

Speechless (9.30pm)

The Girl In The... (10.15am)

Ballet Work No.1020 (12.45pm)

Speechless (10.15am)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Freefall (1.15pm)

While You Lie (9.30pm)

The Author (6.45pm)

Speechless (4pm)

The Girl in the... (1pm)

My Romantic History (10.15am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(9.45pm)

Freefall (6.45pm)

Ballet Work No.1020 (4.15pm)

Penelope (1.15pm)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Fri 13 Aug

The Author (9.30pm)

Speechless (6.45pm)

The Girl in the... (3.45pm)

My Romantic History (1pm)

While You Lie (10.15am)

Freefall (9pm)

Ballet Work No.1020 (6.15pm)

Penelope (3.30pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(12.45pm)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Sat 14 aug

While You Lie (9.15pm)

My Romantic History (9.30pm)

The Girl in the... (P) (9.15pm)

Thurs 12 Aug

The Author (6.45pm)

While You Lie (6.45pm)

My Romantic History (P) (6.30pm)

Speechless (9.30pm)

The Girl in the... (6.30pm)

My Romantic History (3.45pm)

While You Lie (1pm)

The Author (10.15am)

Ballet Work No. 1020 (9.45pm)

Penelope (7pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(4.15pm)

Freefall (1.15pm)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Sun 15 Aug

The Author (9.45pm)

Speechless (6.45pm)

The Girl in the... (3.45pm)

My Romantic History (1pm) Speechless (4pm)

The Author (4pm)

The Girl in the... (1pm)

While You Lie (P) (3.45pm)

While You Lie (10.15am) My Romantic History (10.15am)

Speechless (1.15pm)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

The Author (10.15am)

Freefall (6.30pm)

The Girl in the... (10.15am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(12.45pm)

Wed 11 Aug

Penelope (3pm)

Penelope (P) (6.30pm)

Ballet Work No.1020 (P) (9.30pm) The Not-So-Fatal...(9.30pm)

Ballet Work No.1020 (10.30am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(P) (3pm)

Sun 8 Aug

Sun 1 Aug

Freefall (P) (10.30am)

Sat 7 Aug

Sat 31 July

The Author (P) (1pm)

Freefall (P) (7pm)

Fri 6 Aug

While You Lie (2.30pm, 8pm)

Fri 30 July

Speechless (P) (10.15am)

Penelope (P) 2.30pm

Thu 5 Aug

Silence of the Trams (8.30pm)

Thu 29 July

It’s Always Right... (P) (10am)

Tues 10 Aug

WEEk 1 Monday 9 to Sunday 15 Aug Traverse 1 & Traverse 2

Traverse 2

The Not-So-Fatal...(P) (7pm)

Traverse 1

Mon 2 Aug

WEEk 0 Monday 2 to Sunday 8 Aug Traverse 1 & Traverse 2

Traverse 2

Traverse Bar Cafe

Tue 27 July

Mon 26 July

WEEk 0 Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 Aug Traverse Bar Cafe & Traverse 2


Teenage Riot (6.30pm) Freefall (9.15pm)

Freefall (6.30pm) The Not-So-Fatal...(9.30pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(6.30pm)

Penelope (9.15pm)

Speechless (6.45pm) The Author (9.30pm)

Speechless (4pm) The Author (6.45pm) While You Lie (9.30pm)

The Author (4pm) While You Lie (6.45pm) (AD/SLIP) My Romantic History (9.45pm)

My Romantic History (6.45pm)

The Girl in the... (9.30pm)

(AD) AUDIO DESCRIBED

Traverse Live! (5pm)

Traverse 2

Traverse 1

Mon 23 Aug

Teenage Riot (9.30pm)

Freefall (9.15pm)

(P) PREVIEW

Speechless (9.30pm)

The Author (9.30pm)

While You Lie (9.45pm)

(SLI) SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED

The Girl in the... (6.30pm)

Speechless (6.45pm)

The Author (7pm)

My Romantic History (9.30pm)

My Romantic History (3.45pm)

The Girl in the... (3.45pm)

Speechless (4.15pm)

While You Lie (6.45pm)

While You Lie (1pm)

The Girl in the... (1.15pm)

My Romantic History... (1pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(9.15pm)

Penelope (9.15pm)

The Author (10.15am)

Freefall (6.15pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(6.30pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

Teenage Riot (3.30pm)

Freefall (3.30pm)

While You Lie (10.15am)

Penelope (12.45pm)

Teenage Riot (12.45pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Fri 27 Aug

The Author (4pm)

My Romantic History (10.15am)

Penelope (6.45pm)

Teenage Riot (6.30pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(4pm)

Penelope (3.30pm)

Speechless (1.15pm)

Freefall (1pm)

The Girl in the... (10.15am)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(12.45pm)

Wed 25 Aug

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Tue 24 Aug

Thu 26 Aug

The Girl in the...(3.45pm)

The Girl in the...(1pm)

Speechless (1.15pm)

While You Lie (3.45pm) My Romantic History (1pm)

My Romantic History (10.15am)

The Girl in the...(10.15am) While You Lie (10.15am)

Impossible Things... (9am)

Teenage Riot (9.45pm)

Penelope (7pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(4.15pm)

Freefall (1.15pm)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Fri 20 Aug

The Author (1pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

Penelope (3.30pm)

Teenage Riot (3.45pm)

Freefall (3.30pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(12.45pm)

Penelope (1pm)

Speechless (10.15am)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Thu 19 Aug

Teenage Riot (P) (12.45pm)

Wed 18 Aug

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Tue 17 Aug

WEEk 3 Monday 23 to Sunday 28 Aug Traverse 1 & Traverse 2

Encounters (2pm)

Traverse 2

Traverse 1

Mon 16 Aug

WEEk 2 Monday 16 to Sunday 22 Aug Traverse 1 & Traverse 2

While You Lie (4pm) My Romantic History (6.45pm) The Girl in the...(9.30pm)

The Girl in the... (6.45pm) Speechless (9.30pm)

The Girl in the... (10.15am) Speechless (1.15pm) The Author (4pm) While You Lie (6.45pm) My Romantic History (9.45pm)

While You Lie (3.45pm) My Romantic History (6.45pm) The Girl in the... (9.30pm)

Teenage Riot (9.30pm) Freefall (9.15pm)

The Author (1pm)

Freefall (6.30pm) Teenage Riot (6.30pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(3.45pm) Penelope (3.30pm)

Speechless (10.15am)

Penelope (12.45pm) The Not-So-Fatal...(12.45pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

It’s Always Right... (10am) It’s Always Right... (10am)

Sun 29 Aug

The Author (1.15pm)

My Romantic History (3.45pm)

Sat 28 Aug

Speechless (10.15am)

The Not-So-Fatal...(9.45pm)

While You Lie (1pm)

Freefall (6.30pm)

Penelope (9.15pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

Teenage Riot (3.45pm)

The Not-So-Fatal...(6.30pm)

The Author (10.15am)

Penelope (1pm)

Freefall (3.30pm)

Impossible Things... (9am)

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Teenage Riot (12.45pm)

Sun 22 Aug

It’s Always Right... (10am)

Sat 21 Aug


Celebrating the City The Traverse Theatre Festival 2010 takes place in Fringe venues 15 (Traverse Theatre), 80 (Scotland Yard Park), 101 (St. Stephen’s Church), 346 (Scottish Book Trust)… and on the streets of Edinburgh! WEEK 0 Monday 2 to Sunday 8 Aug

WEEK 2 Monday 16 to Sunday 22 Aug

Traverse @ St. Stephen’s Church Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl Tuesday 3 – Sunday 8 August (7pm) (Preview Tuesday 3 August 7pm)

Traverse @ St. Stephen’s Church Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 August (7pm) Matinee Saturday 21 August (1pm)

Traverse @ Scotland Yard Decky Does a Bronco Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 August (7.30pm)

Apples Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 August (4pm)

Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust White Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 August (10.30am, 1.30pm) (Preview Thursday 5 August 10.30am) Traverse in the City (meet at Traverse Box Office) en route Tuesday 3 – Sunday 8 August (10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm) (Previews Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 August 10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm) Roadkill Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 August (7pm) (P)

WEEK 1 Monday 9 to Sunday 15 Aug Traverse @ St. Stephen’s Church Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 August (7pm) Apples Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 August (4pm) (Preview Tuesday 10 August 4pm) Traverse @ Scotland Yard Decky Does a Bronco Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 August (7.30pm)

Traverse @ Scotland Yard Decky Does a Bronco Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 August (7.30pm) Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust White Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 August (10.30am, 1.30pm) Traverse in the City (meet at Traverse Box Office) en route Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 August (10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm) Roadkill Tuesday 17 August (7pm) Wednesday 18 August (3pm, 7pm) Thursday 19 August (7pm) Friday 20 – Sunday 22 August (3pm, 7pm)

WEEK 3 Monday 23 to Sunday 29 Aug Traverse @ St. Stephen’s Church Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 August (7pm) Matinee Saturday 28 August (1pm) Apples Tuesday 24 – Saturday 28 August (4pm)

Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust White Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 August (10.30am, 1.30pm)

Traverse @ Scottish Book Trust White Tuesday 24 – Sunday 29 August (10.30am, 1.30pm)

Traverse in the City (meet at Traverse Box Office) en route Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 August (10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm)

Traverse in the City (meet at Traverse Box Office) en route Tuesday 24 – Sunday 29 August (10.30am, 1pm, 3.30pm)

Roadkill Tuesday 10 August (7pm) (P) Wednesday 11 August (3pm, 7pm) Thursday 12 August (7pm) Friday 13 – Sunday 15 August (3pm, 7pm)

Roadkill Tuesday 24 August (7pm) Wednesday 25 August (3pm, 7pm) Thursday 26 August (7pm) Friday 27 – Sunday 29 August (3pm, 7pm)

(P) Preview


Traverse @ Scotland Yard. SCOTLAND. 1 hr, 15 mins

“Grid Iron is one of the best exponents of the site-specific genre in the world.”

Grid Iron

Decky Does a Bronco

The Scotsman

by Douglas Maxwell 5 – 21 Aug Director Ben Harrison Designer Allan Ross, Simon Owen. Costume Alice Bee Composer Philip Pinsky Cast Ross Allan, Finn Den Hertog, David Elliot, Nicky Elliott, John Kielty, Martin McCormick, Ben Winger, Gavin Wright To bronco a swing you stand on it, worky up to the bumps, kick the swing over your head and jump beneath it. It’s the summer of 1983. Five lads act out their dreams and fears in their local playground in Scotland. Broncoing is a sign of manhood – which Decky and his friends all impatiently await. This summer, little do they know how suddenly and abruptly it will be forced upon them… This powerful outdoor production is a boisterous look at the trials and triumphs of growing up. Multi-award winners Grid Iron return to the Fringe with this Scotsman Fringe First and Stage Award winning production. “Theatre that effortlessly breathes straight from the heart.” The Times “Spellbinding.” Daily Telegraph This is an outdoor performance. Audiences are advised to dress appropriately. www.gridiron.org.uk www.madeinscotlan2010.com

Photo credit: Murdo McLeod

Funded by the Scottish Arts Council. Part of the Made in Scotland Programme funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Dates & Times: Thursday 5 – Saturday 21 August. WEEK 0. Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 Aug (7.30pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 – Sunday 15 Aug (7.30pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 Aug (7.30pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions/ £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £11 (£6 concessions) on Thursday 5 August if bought before Thursday 22 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+

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TRAVERSE two. European Premiere. Scotland. 1 hr, 30 mins Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Live Theatre Newcastle Upon Tyne and Market Theatre South Africa

The Girl in the Yellow Dress

“One of the most perfect one act plays I’ve seen in ages” The Independent on Dream of the Dog by Craig Higginson

by Craig Higginson 6 – 29 Aug Preview 5 Aug

Director Malcolm Purkey Designer Gary McCann Lighting Designer Nomvula Molepo Cast Marianne Oldham, Nat Ramabulane Craig Higginson’s powerful new play is a dark, witty and sexually-charged psychological drama. Set in Paris, the play explores the relationship between Celia, a beautiful young English teacher, and Pierre, her French-Congolese pupil. Brimming with humour, rage and longing, this gripping play provides both a minute exploration of an increasingly hazardous romantic entanglement, and an insight into the tensions around class, race, language and identity that lie at the heart of present-day South Africa. An exciting new co-production from the internationally renowned Market Theatre from South Africa and two of the UK’s most prestigious theatre companies.   www.citz.co.uk www.live.org.uk www.markettheatre.co.za

PREVIEW: Thursday 5 August (9.15pm). Preview ticket price: £11 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Friday 6 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Friday 6 Aug (10.15am), Saturday 7 Aug (1.00pm), Sunday 8 Aug (3.45pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (6.30pm), Wednesday 11 Aug (9.15pm), Thursday 12 Aug (10.15am), Friday 13 Aug (1.00pm), Saturday 14 Aug (3.45pm), Sunday 15 Aug (6.30pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (9.30pm), Wednesday 18 Aug (10.15am), Thursday 19 Aug (1.00pm), Friday 20 Aug (3.45pm), Saturday 21 Aug (6.45pm), Sunday 22 Aug (9.30pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (10.15am), Wednesday 25 Aug (1.15pm), Thursday 26 Aug (3.45pm), Friday 27 Aug (6.30pm), Saturday 28 Aug (9.30pm), Sunday 29 Aug (10.15am). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £15 (£11 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £17 (£12 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £11 (£6 concessions) on Friday 6 August if bought before Friday 23 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+


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TRAVERSE ONE. UK Premiere. Ireland. 1 hr, 45 mins

“Comically surreal and poignant... a courageous and innovative piece.”

The Corn Exchange Theatre Co., Dublin

Freefall

Irish Independent

by Michael West 8 – 29 Aug Previews 6 Aug and 7 Aug

Director Annie Ryan Designer Kris Stone, Matt Frey Composer Conor Linehan Cast includes Andrew Bennett, Damian Kearney, Ruth McGill & Janet Moran A sudden shock, and a man’s life flashes before his eyes. In an intense rush of extraordinary images and tangled memories, he attempts to reconnect the events that have shaped him. From the creative team behind Dublin by Lamplight (Winner Best Ensemble, Stage Awards 2005), The Corn Exchange return to Traverse with this humorous and compassionate study of an ordinary life. Freefall was a hit in its premiere run in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2009 and went on to win Best Director and Best New Play at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. “A sophisticated idea that becomes fully embodied through the warmth and poignancy of the writing, and through the humanity of the performers. Freefall might just mark the day when Irish writing grew up.” Herald HQ Presented with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.

www.cornexchange.ie

Photo credit: Richard Gilligan

PREVIEWS: Friday 6 August (7.00pm), Saturday 7 August (10.30am). Preview ticket price: £12 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Sunday 8 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 0. Sunday 8 Aug (6.30pm). WEEK 1. Tuesday 10 Aug (9.15pm), Wednesday 11 Aug (1.15pm), Thursday 12 Aug (3.30pm), Friday 13 Aug (6.45pm), Saturday 14 Aug (9.00pm), Sunday 15 Aug (1.15pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (3.30pm), Wednesday 18 Aug (6.30pm), Thursday 19 Aug (9.15pm), Friday 20 Aug (1.15pm), Saturday 21 Aug (3.30pm), Sunday 22 Aug (6.30pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (9.15pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (1.00pm), Thursday 26 Aug (3.30pm), Friday 27 Aug (6.15pm), Saturday 28 Aug (9.15pm), Sunday 29 Aug (6.30pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) on Sunday 8 August if bought before Sunday 25 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 15+


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“A remarkable show; and a profoundly admirable one.”

TTraverse IN THE CITY. World Premiere. Scotland. 1 HR 30 MINS (INCLUDING BUS TRIP) Ankur & Pachamama Productions in association with Traverse Theatre Company and the Tron Theatre

Roadkill

**** The Scotsman on Ankur’s Detainee A

by Cora Bissett 11 – 29 Aug Previews 7, 8 and 10 Aug

“A sensitively realised and impressive debut.” **** The Herald on Cora Bissett’s Amada

Text by Stef Smith. Director Cora Bissett Set & Costume Designer Jessica Brettle Sound Designer Harry Wilson Cast Adura Onashile, Mercy Ojelade, & John Kazek AV Designer Kim Beveridge Animation Designer Marta Mackovà Lighting Designer Paul Sorley It is very hard to prove my name, it is very hard to prove my age, it is very hard to prove my story in a court of law. It is very hard to prove anything. In Benin City, a young girl struggles to support her family. A world away, in an Edinburgh tenement, ‘aunty’ Martha arranges a job and flight for her. Journey with her on the bus that leads to a new life and discover the nightmare reality behind Martha’s promises. Based on the experiences of young women trafficked to Scotland, this production by award-winning theatre artist Cora Bissett (Midsummer [a play with songs]), combines chilling performances with video, animation and music to thrust you into the hidden world of sex-trafficking.  Not a world away from you, but a world on your doorstep. Contains strong language and sexual imagery. Meet at the Traverse Theatre Box Office to be transported to the production’s site specific location. Limited capacity. No latecomers. www.ankurproductions.org.uk www.madeinscotland2010.com

Photo credit: Tim Morozzo Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Refugee Council, Women’s Fund for Scotland, Tron Theatre, Federation of Scottish Theatre. Part of the Made in Scotland Programme funded by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

PREVIEWS: Saturday 7 August (7.00pm), Sunday 8 August (7.00pm) and Tuesday 10 August (7.00pm). Preview ticket price: £12 (£6 concessions) Dates & Times: Wednesday 11 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 1. Wednesday 11 (3.00pm, 7.00pm), Thursday 12 (7.00pm), Friday 13 – Sunday 15 Aug (3.00pm, 7.00pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (7.00pm), Wednesday 18 Aug (3.00pm, 7.00pm), Thursday 19 (7.00pm), Friday 20 – Sunday 22 Aug (3.00pm, 7.00pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (7.00pm), Wednesday 25 (3.00pm, 7.00pm), Thursday 26 (7.00pm), Friday 27 – Sunday 29 Aug (3.00pm, 7.00pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions/ £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) on Wednesday 11 August if bought before Wednesday 28 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+


Traverse ONE. World Premiere. England. 1 hr, 30 mins DANIEL KITSON

It’s Always Right Now, Until It’s Later by Daniel Kitson 11 – 29 Aug Preview 10 Aug

A new show by Daniel Kitson about Everything and Nothing I wanted to put something amazing where you wouldn’t expect to find it. To take the first moments of the morning and fill them with something silly and sad and wonderful. Something audacious in its scope and scale. Something to make you laugh and cry and wonder before the world even knows you’re awake. Something to stuff your hearts full and send you out, into the day and into the world, wet eyed and open mouthed. This is a show about every single one of us, the past in our pockets, the future in our hearts and us, ourselves; very much stuck, trapped forever, in the tiny eternal moment between the two. And, it’ll all be over in time for lunch. “Day by day nothing seems to change, but pretty soon everything is different.” Calvin (and Hobbes) www.danielkitson.com

PREVIEW: Tuesday 10 August (10.00am). Dates & Times: Wednesday 11 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 1. Wednesday 11 Aug (10.00am), Thursday 12 Aug (10.00am), Friday 13 Aug (10.00am), Saturday 14 Aug (10.00am), Sunday 15 Aug (10.00am). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 Aug (10.00am), Wednesday 18 Aug (10.00am), Thursday 19 Aug (10.00am), Friday 20 Aug (10.00am), Saturday 21 Aug (10.00am), Sunday 22 Aug (10.00am). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (10.00am), Wednesday 25 Aug (10.00am), Thursday 26 Aug (10.00am), Friday 27 Aug (10.00am), Saturday 28 Aug (10.00am), Sunday 29 Aug (10.00am). Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)

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Traverse @ St. Stephen’s. Scottish Premiere. England. 1 hr, 30 mins A Northern Stage and Company of Angels Co-production

Apples

“The drugs, the sex, the boozing… it all smacks beautifully of the real thing.” Time Out

by Richard Milward 11 – 28 Aug Preview 10 Aug

Adapted & Directed by John Retallack Designer Verity Quinn Cast Scott Turnbull, Therase Neve, Jade Byrne, Dylan Edge, Abigail Moffat, Louis Roberts The first stage-adaptation of Richard Milward’s remarkable debut novel. Shameless, ruthless and intensely poetic, Apples is a dazzling, tragicomic love story of adolescence. Enter the chaotic world of Adam & Eve – it’s a very different Eden where adults are absent and life is both terrifying and thrilling. Eve has tasted every kind of apple. Adam hasn’t tasted anything at all. When two such different people meet, is paradise lost or might it be found? Newcastle-based Northern Stage and Company of Angels collaborate on a real and beautiful depiction of teenage life in the 21st century. “Funny, tragic and transcendent.” Lauren Laverne Very strong language with sexual and violent content. www.northernstage.co.uk

PREVIEW: Tuesday 10 August (4pm). Preview ticket price: £11 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Wednesday 11 – Saturday 28 August. WEEK 1. Wednesday 11 – Sunday 15 Aug (4pm). WEEK 2. Tuesday 17 – Sunday 22 Aug (4pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug – Saturday 28 Aug (4pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions/ £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £11 (£6 concessions) on Wednesday 11 August if bought before Wednesday 28 July (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 14+


Traverse One. UK Premiere. Belgium. 1 hr, 10 mins

“It asks the only really dangerous question: not where, but who your teenager is.”

Ontroerend Goed, Kopergietery, Drum Theatre Plymouth, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

Teenage Riot

De Standaard

by Alexander Devriendt and the cast 18 - 29 Aug Preview 17 Aug

Director Alexander Devriendt Dramaturgy Joeri Smet and Mieke Versyp Designer Sophie De Somere in collaboration with Helmut Van den Meersschaut Composer Korneel Moreaux Cast Jorge De Geest, Verona Verbakel, Marthe Hoet, Koba Ryckewaert, Edouard Devriendt, Nanouk Lemmerling, Ian Ghysels & Alice Dooreman Everybody’sanegoistIwannalooseweightVeronawasneverpregnantshe’sjusthornyforattent

ionjerkjerkwewannabevirginsstillI’mnotavirginanymoreIwantdifferentparentsIwannaseet

heworldroutine,Ithinkroutine’stheworstthereiswaytoomuchstatusdriftJustinBieberiswrong

butIdon’tgiveas**tyou’retoooldtheremustbesomethingwrongwiththeworldbutwhatthef$$h aveIgottodowiththatit’snotmyfaultIdon’tunderstandyouIgetwhat’sbeingsaidIdon’tgetwh

atyousaySocietyissickbecauseofcapitalismthat’ssomethinglikecommunismmyfrustration

hasn’tgoneyetIanstopbragging’boutlosingyourvirginityIwannaloverIwilllistentowhatyou’ resayingNOTI’mhappyforsureI’munhappysometimesAliceistooconcernedwithherappeara nceI’mnotsmallI’mnotachildanymoreIwantsomethingthatcarrismeoffI’monlythinkingab outmyself,amI?

Eight youngsters shut themselves off because they feel like it. They don’t know why exactly. In fact, they don’t even know what they want or don’t want but there’s enough lust, frustration, irritation to find out what’s shitty about the fact that they’ll become someone like you. A new performance by Alexander Devriendt, director, and the creative team behind the multi-award winning Once and For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut up and Listen and Internal. Contains adult themes.

Photo credit: Alexander Devriendt

www.ontroerendgoed.be www.kopergietery.be With the support of the Flemish Community, the Province of East-Flanders, the City of Ghent, Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England.

PREVIEW: Tuesday 17 August (12.45pm). Preview ticket price: £12 (£6 concessions). Dates & Times: Wednesday 18 – Sunday 29 August. WEEK 2. Wednesday 18 Aug (3.45pm), Thursday 19 Aug (6.30pm), Friday 20 Aug (9.45pm), Saturday 21 Aug (12.45pm), Sunday 22 Aug (3.45pm). WEEK 3. Tuesday 24 Aug (6.30pm), Wednesday 25 Aug (9.30pm), Thursday 26 Aug (12.45pm), Friday 27 Aug (3.30pm), Saturday 28 Aug (6.30pm), Sunday 29 Aug (9.30pm). Tickets: Sunday – Thursday £17 (£12 concessions / £6 unemployed), Friday – Saturday £19 (£13 concessions)

HOT Tickets: £12 (£6 concessions) on Wednesday 18 August if bought before Wednesday 4 August (subject to availability)

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 15+

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Traverse Theatre Company

Festival Encounters 2010 ENCOUNTER ONE, TRAVERSE TWO

ENCOUNTER TWO, TRAVERSE TWO

MON 9 AUG, 2PM – 4PM

MON 16 AUG, 2PM – 4PM

A Different Space

Leading artists Martin Creed (Ballet Work No. 1020 from this season) and Tim Crouch (England at the Fruitmarket Gallery in 2007 and The Author from this season) have both created work in different forms from the worlds they’re most known in. They’ll be coming together in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director, Fruitmarket Gallery, Emma Gladstone Producer, Sadlers Wells, and Katherine Mendelsohn, Literary Manager, Traverse Theatre. Chaired by Joyce McMillan of The Scotsman.

Playwrights’ Encounter

An exciting panel of leading writers - Tim Crouch (The Author), Sam Holcroft (While You Lie), and Michael West (Freefall) - come together in conversation with Joyce McMillan, of The Scotsman, to talk about their work and inspirations. All of these speakers have new plays at this year’s Traverse Festival. Tickets: £8 (£6 Concessions)

Tickets: £8 (£6 Concessions)

Jo Clifford And Linda Mclean IASH Edinburgh University/ Traverse Creative Fellows 2010

Jo Clifford Photo credit: Gillian Nugent

Linda McLean Photo credit: Michael Boyd

The Traverse Theatre is delighted to be joining with IASH (Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities) to welcome leading playwrights Jo Clifford and Linda McLean as Creative Fellows for 2010, based within the University. Both writers are being commissioned to write new plays for the Traverse and will be contributing to the Institute’s events during the tenure of their fellowships.


You’ll not have had your tea?

Festival 10 Opening Times 1 – 30 August. Food served 10am – 10pm. From breakfast right through to late dinner, the Traverse Bar Café has something on the menu for every taste. From traditional Scottish salmon or haggis to unconventional choices like spicy nachos or Moroccan couscous salad. New for Festival 2010! Scotland’s famous beers, draught Caledonian IPA and McEwans 70/plus Tiger beer.

The Stand Comedy Club @ Traverse Bar Café The Festival comedy previews in July. Catch a selection of acts from The Stand, Edinburgh’s premier comedy venue, before their Festival runs. £5 on the door.

Jo Jo Goes for the Jocular Jo Jo Sutherland

Monday 26 July @ 8.30pm

Whisky: An Idiot’s Guide Vladimir McTavish Tuesday 27 July @ 8.30pm

‘F’ is For… Susan Morrison Wednesday 28 July @ 8.30pm

The Silence of the Trams II Gordon Alexander, Martin McAlister, Jim Park, Niall Browne, Derek Johnson Thursday 29 July @ 8.30pm

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Traverse Theatre Company

Support the Traverse Theatre! 1963 - 2013 Traverse Theatre Club

From September 2010, in the lead up to our 50th Anniversary in 2013, the Traverse is bringing back its (in)famous Theatre Club… with a 21st Century twist! Benefits include: · Invitations to exclusive events and parties! · Discounts in the Traverse Bar Café · Free tickets · Special ticket prices · Advance booking on Festival tickets · Your name in lights…well, almost! …plus much, much more, depending on which level of membership you choose.

Membership levels: · Corporate · Individual Devotee · Individual Standard · Individual Young · Individual Arts All existing memberships will be honoured! Watch this space for further details of our 50th Anniversary plans, the Traverse Theatre Club and other opportunities to get involved with the Traverse.

50 for the 50th! Our ‘Sponsor a Seat’ campaign has been so successful that we only have 50 seats left to sell from 2010 - 2013! Be one of the last few people to get your name, or a dedication of your choice, inscribed forever on one of our seats along with a plaque on the wall. You’ll be in good company, joining the likes of Robbie Coltrane and Dame Judi Dench. Seat buyers also receive two complimentary tickets for Traverse Theatre Company productions. The 10 remaining seats are priced at £500, also payable in 12 monthly instalments of £42. Help us raise as much as £25,000 in time for our birthday!

Scotland’s New Writing Theatre Since 1963 Registered in Scotland SC 076037 Registered charity No. SC 002368. VAT Registration No. 356 0682 47. Registered Office: Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED


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Support the Traverse Theatre! 1963 - 2013 You could join our current and recent supporters:

As a registered Charity, the Traverse is always in need of additional funds to support all of its work. This includes:

路 Seasons like this packed Traverse Festival 2010 路 Individual plays and productions 路 Our work developing new plays, playwrights and

supporting established writers to take risks 路 Our celebrated education programme, Traverse Learning, that reaches people of all ages throughout Scotland Traverse Devotees: Joan Aitken, Stewart Binnie, Fiona Bradley, Adrienne Sinclair Chalmers, Lawrence Clark, Jocelyn Fox, Caroline Gardner, Iain Millar, Gillian Moulton, Helen Pitkethly, Bridget Stevens. We would also like to thank everyone who has made individual donations, purchased bricks or made seat dedications.

Pearson Playwright supported by Pearson

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

Trusts And Foundations The Barcapel Foundation, The Moffat Trust, The Binks Trust

Fiona Sturgeon Shea Head of Communications

Public funders:

Main Photo Credits: Euan Myles Model: Kiaz Trepte Accessories: Present www.buyagiftatpresent.co.uk Jewellery: Corniche www.corniche.org.uk Design: www.weared8.com


Filmhouse www.filmhousecinema.com Royal Lyceum Theatre www.lyceum.org Traverse Theatre www.traverse.co.uk Usher Hall www.usherhall.com

We are The Cultural Quarter Traverse Box Office Level

Dazzle Jewellery Exhibition 6 – 30 August, 10am – 12am Dazzle returns again to the Traverse with contemporary jewellery designers from UK and all over the world. A huge success at the Royal National Theatre last year, more than 2,000 pieces will be available to buy at this annual exhibition. It is the most popular exhibition of its type in UK and has a long list of fans including Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Dame Judi Dench, and Phillip Pullman. First seen at the Fringe in 1983, Dazzle shows work in a variety of materials from highly innovative to the more traditional. Using everything from plastic, paper and wood to precious and semi-precious stones, silver and gold. Telephone 0131 200 4858 during the exhibition www.dazzle-exhibitions.co.uk www.lovedazzle.com.

Martin Creed Down Over Up Edinburgh Art Festival Exhibition 30 July – 31 October 2010 Sponsored by Bloomberg 45 Market Street, Edinburgh Mon—Sat 11am—6pm, Sun 12–5pm Extended hours 6 August – 30 August 10am–7pm Always free

The Fruitmarket Gallery www.fruitmarket.co.uk


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

Think you know The Musketeers? Think again!

by chris hannan Directed by dominic hill

3 - 24 December 2010

Previews 2 December

Booking Now Open. Tickets From ÂŁ5.

Illustration kev harper


Festival 10

www.traverse.co.uk 0131 228 1404

Traverse Theatre Festival 10 Brochure  
Traverse Theatre Festival 10 Brochure  

Traverse Theatre brochure for Festival in 2010

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