Formed in 1963 by a group of passionate theatre enthusiasts, the
Traverse Theatre was originally founded to extend the spirit of the
Edinburgh festivals throughout the year. Today, under Artistic
Director Orla O'Loughlin, the Traverse is proud to deliver its
year-round mission of championing creative talent by placing
powerful and contemporary theatre at the heart of cultural life -
producing and programming urgent and diverse work spanning theatre,
dance, performance, music and spoken word.
Through the work it presents, the Traverse aims to both
entertain and stir conversation - reflecting the times and
provoking crucial debate amongst audiences, inspiring them to ask
questions, seek answers and challenge the status quo.
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, including 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 holds an iconic status
as the theatrical heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe every
Outside the theatre walls, the Traverse 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 India, New Zealand