August 2016
 
  • Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

    Mark Thomas: The Red Shed

    31 Jul 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    Multi award-winning comic/activist Mark Thomas performed his first gigs in The Red Shed in Wakefield, a 47-foot-long wooden hut that doubles up as a Labour Club. Three decades later he returns to celebrate its 50th birthday, entwining the story of his political coming of age with the tale of the people who inspired him.

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  • Daniel Kitson: Mouse - The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought

    Daniel Kitson: Mouse - The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought

    4 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    Currently thirty eight years old and still not entirely bald, Daniel Kitson returns to the Traverse Theatre with a selection of white boards, an angle poise lamp, anything up to three ladders, and a new show about friendship and loneliness, doubt and hope, a mouse, a phone call and the unfathomable repercussions of everything we ever do.

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  • In Fidelity

    In Fidelity

    4 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    2016 marks Rob and Lucy’s fifteenth anniversary. What better way to celebrate than to create a show about love? For his research, Rob underwent an MRI scan. His ventromedial prefrontal cortex surged when looking at a picture of his wife. But it also surged when looking at other pictures.

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  • Greater Belfast

    Greater Belfast

    4 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    A gig like no other, these are songs for a city growing greater and greater. Greater Belfast blends poetic storytelling with powerful contemporary composition for string quartet to paint a moving portrait of a city still aching from the violence of its recent past.

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  • Expensive Shit

    Expensive Shit

    4 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    A nightclub toilet attendant in a fictional club based on the Shimmy Club in Glasgow. Her conflicted journey spliced with flashbacks to the toilets of the Shrine nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria, where her younger self dreams of becoming a dancer in the revolutionary band of the late Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti.

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  • Diary of a Madman

    Diary of a Madman

    4 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    Pop Sheeran, proudly shouldering the family trade of restoring the Forth Rail Bridge, is about to lose it all. A global corporation has bought this Scottish icon, bringing with them innovative new paint. How will Pop fight back when he realises he’s painting himself out of a job?

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  • My Eyes Went Dark

    My Eyes Went Dark

    4 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    A thrilling modern tragedy about a Russian architect driven to revenge after losing his family in a plane crash; a searing new play about the human impulse to strike back. Inspired by real events.

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  • Daffodils (A Play with Songs)

    Daffodils (A Play with Songs)

    4 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    This critically acclaimed heartbreaker carves out the bittersweet nuances of one couple’s life to a live mix-tape of New Zealand’s most iconic songs - from Crowded House to Bic Runga, played onstage by a three-piece band.

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  • Milk

    Milk

    5 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    Three couples struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption.

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  • Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

    Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?)

    16 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    Traverse Associate Artists, Rob Drummond, Morna Pearson, Tim Price and Stef Smith join forces to fight off killer robots, befriend cyborgs, forge unlikely connections and explore, first-hand, the many ways our lives may be about to change forever.

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  • Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

    Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

    17 Aug 2016 - 28 Aug 2016

    Alice Birch examines the language, behaviour and forces that shape women in the 21st century and asks what’s stopping us from doing something truly radical to change them.

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PAST EVENTS

  • TalkFest 2016

    TalkFest 2016

    8 Aug 2016 - 15 Aug 2016

    Join Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland to explore what stimulates the artists behind this year’s Edinburgh Festivals. Lively, engaging discussions, expertly led by Scotland’s leading playwrights and theatre-makers.

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  • Pre - View

    Pre - View

    8 Aug 2016 - 15 Aug 2016

    Readings from seven new plays. Get in at ground level with the most exciting playwrights of the future, from Canada, USA, England and Scotland. Extracts from the plays are performed as script-in-hand readings by professional actors. All writers are graduating from the MSc in Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh.

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  • Hair of the Dog with Village Pub Theatre

    Hair of the Dog with Village Pub Theatre

    8 Aug 2016 - 22 Aug 2016

    Every Monday morning in August, bring your festival hangover to the Traverse Bar Café for a theatrical hair of the dog from Edinburgh's own Village Pub Theatre.

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  • Panti: High Heels in Low Places

    Panti: High Heels in Low Places

    9 Aug 2016 - 14 Aug 2016

    The Queen of Ireland, PANTI, invites you into her gender discombobulating, stiletto-shaped world, exposing the stories behind the make-up – from performance giant to accidental activist – to reveal the National F*cking Treasure she is today.

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  • Blow Off

    Blow Off

    22 Aug 2016

    Explosive new guerilla-gig-theatre from Julia Taudevin with live music by Kim Moore, with Susan Bear and Julie Eisenstein from Glasgow's hottest indie-pop duo Tuff Love. This fierce and playful feminist work explores the psychology of extremism with haunting melodies and progressive punk riffs.

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  • James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016 Award Ceremony

    James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016 Award Ceremony

    22 Aug 2016

    The 2016 James Tait Black Prize for Drama culminates at the Traverse with a special event announcing this year’s winner. Join the shortlisted playwrights, judges and other partners for performed readings from the finalists’ plays.

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