The Traverse Fifty have landed
14 January 2013 ← return to listing
Today is the day we've been waiting for since we launched
the Traverse Fifty
playwriting competition in September last year. The excitement in
the theatre was palpable as we welcomed the winners of our
international search for new writing talent into the building this
morning for the launch of the year-long project.
Associate director Hamish Pirie (pictured), who leads the
project, expressed to the group his enjoyment in reading their
winning plays. He said "I've loved having your work inside my
head for the past few months", before introducing artistic
director Orla O'Loughlin. Orla told the fifty writers that running
the project was a key aspiration since starting at the Traverse
last year, and that she was committed to finding the best new work
through the project, and bringing it to the Traverse stage.
All 50 winning plays will be directed by Hamish and Orla, and
presentedat the end of next week. The project has received an
incredible response, and due to popular demand we've added an extra
performance of the 50 plays on Friday to the original performance
on Saturday - it's your chance to see the fizzing energy that
caught the judges' eyes.
The 50 plays for Edinburgh will
be performed next Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January, and the
Traverse Fifty will be engaged in events throughout the year. Keep
an eye on the Traverse website for the latest news and events.