News 29 Nov 2019

For 2020 the Traverse is launching a new £1 Tickets scheme to welcome people from groups and communities who might not be aware of our work, or who may not otherwise have access to theatre. It will be available to Under 25s and those receiving Job Seeker's Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Carer’s Allowance and can be used to book tickets for many of the shows in this season now. You find full information on the scheme’s dedicated webpage, and we encourage you to share this link to anyone you know who might be eligible and interested in coming along to the Traverse.

So here’s what you can look forward to in our spring 2020 season, which spans from January to April.

February marks the welcome return of the Traverse Theatre Company’s hit Mouthpiece(6-15 Feb) by Kieran Hurley, which has a limited run at its Traverse home before touring to Tron Theatre, Glasgow (26-29 Feb); Adelaide Festival, Australia (6-14 Mar); and Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand (19-28 Mar).

The ever-popular A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór (presented by Traverse Theatre) season returns with an extended run of eight shows: Infernal Serpent (31 Mar-4 Apr) by David Gerow; Celestial Body (7-11 Apr) by Morna Pearson; Rose (14-18 Apr) by Lorna Martin; The Storm (21-25 Apr) by Owen Whitelaw; Exquisite Corpse (28 Apr-2 May) by Conor O’Loughlin; Mary and Ada Set the World to Rights (5-9 May) by Jane Livingstone; Silver Superheroes (11-16 May) by Morna Young; and Milkshake(18-23 May) by Rob Drummond.

Rounding off the season is the Traverse Theatre Company world premiere of Donny’s Brain (14 Apr-2 May),a play where neuroscience meets romcom as the titular character has to piece together his past memories, and his life, following an accident.


Our visiting company season kicks off with Heroine(30 Jan-1 Feb) written and performed by Mary Jane Wells, and continues with comic Stephen Bailey’s Can’t Be Bothered (1 Feb); a taster evening from Tandem Writing Collective(7 Feb); the Traverse Theatre Company’s return of Mouthpiece(6-15 Feb) by Kieran Hurley; Trojan Horse (11 & 12 Feb) by Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead (who also directs); Shift Theatre Company return with another batch of Pride Plays, presented with Traverse Theatre (14 & 15 Feb); Traverse regulars Scottish Dance Theatre’s Antigone, Interrupted (20-22 Feb), the first creation by new Artistic Director Joan Clevillé; Home is Not the Place (21 & 22 Feb) by Annie George; animated lecture Nan Shepherd: Howling at the Machine(26 & 27 Feb) written and directed by Erlend Clouston; a new, theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff (27-29 Feb) by Northern Stage; the Scottish premiere of W*nk Buddies (29 Feb), by Jake Jarratt and Cameron Sharp.


The world premiere of We Are In Time (3 & 4 Mar) by Pamela Carter; poet Ellen Renton’s one-woman performance on disability, running and the ParalympicsWithin Sight (5 & 6 Mar); acclaimed family theatre company Red Bridge Arts’ retelling of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s literary favourite The Secret Garden (6 Mar); a Tangram Theatre Company takeover of the Songs of Friendship works by James Rowland – Team Viking (11 Mar); A Hundred Different Words for Love (12 Mar); Revelations (13 Mar), and as a trilogy (14 Mar); ex-girlfriends Mary Higgins and Ell Potter’s sweaty verbatim dance party HOTTER (12 & 13 Mar); the world premiere of Theatre Gu Leòr with WHYTE (in association with Tron Theatre)’s MAIM (17 & 18 Mar); the Scottish premiere of The Department of Distractions (19 & 20 Mar) by Third Angel Co-Artistic Director Alexander Kelly with Stacey Sampson and the Company; the Alfred Fagon Award-shortlisted seeds (20 & 21 Mar) by Mel Pennant; the return of NT Connections festival(24-28 Mar); and squeezing into the end of the month is the beginning of A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór (presented by Traverse Theatre) (31 Mar-23 May).


Vanishing Point, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione and Tron Theatre’s international co-production of Franz Kafta’s tragicomic novellaThe Metamorphosis(1-4 Apr), adaptedand directed by Matthew Lenton; Traverse Theatre Company production Donny’s Brain (14 Apr-2 May) by Rona Munro; Edinburgh College’sPerforming Arts Studio Scotland showcase PASS Out 2020 (22 Apr); and regular staple Soundhouse’s weekly Monday (and the occasional Sunday, and even one Friday!) gigs (13 Jan-26 Apr).

Tickets on sale now: by phone 0131 228 1404, in person at Box Office and right here on our website.