Traverse Festival 2013 announced

30 May 2013 ← return to listing

Traverse Festival 2013 announced

The anticipation is finally over. We are delighted to announce our 2013 Festival programme in this, our golden anniversary year. The season is brimming with the innovative, risk taking work you've come to expect from the Traverse Theatre.

At the heart of this year's programme are no less than four Traverse productions. We're excited to welcome back the award-winning playwright David Harrower with the world premiere of Ciara, our co-production with Datum Point. The collaboration sees one of Scotland's foremost playwrights reunited with one of our finest actors, Blythe Duff, after the runaway success of last year's Good With People (read the rave reviews here). Ciara is a truly extraordinary play - a twisted love song to Glasgow with a captivating solo performance.

We follow with I'm With the Band by Tim Price, our very topical co-production with Wales Millennium Centre, which creates a vivid, playful and timely exploration of the break-up of an indie band. The band comprises an Englishman, a Northern Irishman, a Scotsman and a Welshman and just so happens to be called The Union. Directed by our Traverse Associate Director, Hamish Pirie.

We couldn't resist putting the Breakfast Plays back on the menu, bringing former Dream Plays A Respectable Widow Takes to Vulgarity by Douglas Maxwell and Clean by Sabrina Mahfouz back as polished, low-fi productions. With a brew and a bacon roll included in the ticket price, it's the perfect start to your day.

We're especially proud to present the work of the Traverse Fifty. These emerging writers won our worldwide competition for playwriting talent and have been working with us throughout the year. If you missed 50 Plays for Edinburgh in January, it's your chance to see the winning 500 word plays, broken into two evenings of breakneck theatre.

This year, we bring you a programme of visiting company work that is alive with political energy - whether it's the men reunited years after a Belfast bombing in The Abbey Theatre's Quietly, Ontroerend Goed's ruthless interrogation of democracy in Fight Night, or the pregnant female fighter pilot flying drones over battlefields of Pakistan in George Brant's Grounded.

Cadre, brought to us by the South African playwright Omphile Molusi, is a political story of dreams and change in a country transitioning from one state of governing to a new order, and David Greig's The Events is a daring new play surrounding tragedy and destruction, made all the more dramatic with local choirs and soaring soundtrack.

The Secret Agent, based on Joseph Conrad's classic novel and brought to us by theatre O, highlights political issues at a time of social upheaval and growing disparity between rich and poor. Theatre Uncut - back for a second year - take a political stance too, with scratch theatre that fights back against the impact of austerity measures - raising debate and calling for action.

Playwrights' Studio Scotland also join us to incite debate on the issues surrounding playwrights and theatre-makers in TalkFest 2013, a series of panels and discussions featuring artists from 2013's Made in Scotland programme. 

Free-market economics are put under the magnifying glass with a husband-and-wife wheeling dealing team in Fire Exit and David Leddy's fast-paced Long Live The Little Knife, and you can witness Kate Tempest's way with words in Battersea Arts Centre's Brand New Ancients, featuring razor-sharp spoken word fused with a searing live score.

Moving performances can be seen from real-life mother and son in Brokentalkers' Have I No Mouth, devised by Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan, which explores the changing nature of relationships in the aftermath of a family in turmoil.

We've got fresh talent from The University of Edinburgh's Writing for Theatre and Performance course in Pre-View - four readings of new plays from across Europe. The James Tait Black Prize for Drama also champions emergent work, culminating in a rehearsed reading in Traverse 2.  

It promises to be a golden season of thrilling new theatre in an already glowing year. You can explore the Festival programme in full here, and join us to celebrate our 50th anniversary with this compelling programme of work. See you in August! 


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