Traverse Festival 2011

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Traverse Festival 2011

Welcome to the Traverse Festival 2011. Join us on a journey through the best new British performance this festival and discover a programme packed with big ideas and epic storytelling.

Highlights include Marc Almond in a new piece of music theatre by Mark Ravenhill and Conor Mitchell set in a plague-ridden 17th Century London. Siamese twins and a bearded lady are just two of the characters in Futureproof, Lynda Radley's extraordinary first play for the Traverse. David Hughes Dance will enthral and unnerve you in the nightmarish Last Orders while Dance Marathon explodes onto the dance floor of the reconfigured rehearsal room at the Lyceum Theatre - one of the most exhilarating shows I have ever experienced. And if you missed the hit of last year's festival - Roadkill - then it's back by popular demand.

The first festival I programmed at the Traverse featured a major new work by Zinnie Harris. I am thrilled that my fourth and final programme contains her latest play - The Wheel. This brilliant and epic play is a major new production by the National Theatre of Scotland. In fact, we are celebrating the best of new Scottish work this year - 11 of our 18 shows are by Scottish writers or produced by Scottish companies.

In addition, The National Theatre of Wales joins us for the first time this year and we welcome back old friends from Ireland and New York. Look out too for details of readings, talks and discussions throughout the Festival.

I believe that we have put together a programme that demonstrates both the strength and importance of our playwrights, alongside the work of some of the most innovative theatre-makers from the UK and abroad. That is what the Traverse is about. Thank you for your past support and I look forwarding to welcoming you in August.

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director

"The Traverse is the spiritual home of Fringe theatre…the venue has long cultivated a reputation as Scotland's premier new writing theatre and represents one of the only 'safe bets' for audiences looking for quality at the Fringe." Fest 2010

"The…Fringe fan could do much worse than block-book everything that's on at the Traverse." Observer 2010

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