The Traverse is Scotland's new writing theatre.
Formed in 1963 by a group of passionate theatre enthusiasts, the
Traverse was founded to extend the spirit of the Edinburgh
festivals throughout the year. Today, under Artistic Director Orla
O'Loughlin, the Traverse nurtures emerging talent, produces
award-winning new plays and offers a curated programme of the best
work from the UK and beyond, spanning theatre, dance, performance,
music and spoken word.
The Traverse has launched the careers of some of the UK's most
celebrated writers - David Greig, David Harrower and Zinnie Harris
- and continues to discover and support new voices - Stef Smith,
Morna Pearson, Gary McNair and Rob Drummond.
With two custom-built and versatile theatre spaces, the
Traverse's home in Edinburgh's city centre is a powerhouse of
vibrant new work for, and of, our time. Every August, it
holds an iconic status as the theatrical heart of the Edinburgh
Outside the theatre walls, it runs an extensive engagement
programme, offering audiences of all ages and backgrounds the
opportunity to explore, create and develop. Further afield, the
Traverse frequently tours internationally and engages in exchanges
and partnerships - most recently in Quebec, Turkey and South Korea.