The Traverse

The Traverse
One of the most important theatres in Britain." The Times

The Traverse Theatre is Scotland's new writing theatre. From its conception in 1963, it has embraced a spirit of innovation and risk-taking that launched the careers of many of Scotland's best-known writers including John Byrne, David Greig, David Harrower and Liz Lochhead.

It is unique in Scotland in that it fulfils the crucial role of providing the infrastructure, professional support and expertise to ensure the development of a dynamic theatre culture for Scotland. It commissions and develops new plays or adaptations from contemporary playwrights. It produces, on average, six Traverse Theatre Company productions or co-productions per year. It also presents a large number of productions from visiting companies from across the UK. These include new plays, adaptations, dance, physical theatre, puppetry and contemporary music.

The Traverse has an unrivalled reputation for producing contemporary theatre of the highest quality, invention and energy, and for its dedication to new writing." Scotland on Sunday

The Traverse is an international reputation for producing and presenting the very best new drama, and this is particularly the case during the Edinburgh Festivals in August. The Traverse Festival 2013 programme overall took 10 awards. It is also the home of the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, the Imaginate Festival and the Traverse's own New Writing and Dance Festivals.

2012 witnessed the birth of Write Here, a brand new festival at the Traverse. Focused on opening up the process behind new writing, the festival encouraged interaction between writers, playwrights and audiences.

The Traverse tuns 50 in 2013 and to celebrate, the Theatre is offering 50 writers a year-long attachment to the Traverse. Writers will be invited to take part in a series of tailor-made writing events throughout 2013, including panel discussions, workshops and one-on-one dramaturgy.The year-long attachment will culminate in a New Writing Festival featuring some of the work developed by the Traverse Fifty throughout the year. At the end of the process three of the writers will be offered seed commissions.

The Traverse's work with young people is of major importance and takes the form of encouraging playwriting through its flagship education project Class Act, as well as the Young Writers' Group. Class Act will soon enter its 23rd year and over the years the programme has given school pupils the opportunity to develop their plays with professional playwrights and work with directors and actors to see the finished piece performed on stage at the Traverse.

Without the theatre, it's difficult to imagine Scottish playwriting at all." The Sunday Times

The hugely successful Young Writers' Group is open to new writers aged 18 - 25. Graduates from the group who have gone on to write professionally include Sam Holcroft, Morna Pearson and Catherine Grosvenor. A new project, Scribble, offers an after-school playwriting and theatre skills workshop for 14 - 17 year olds. Both programmes are led by professional playwrights

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