Traverse Festival 2019 Receives Exceptionally Strong Audience, Critical and Award Reception

News 27 Aug 2019

Traverse Festival 2019 celebrated a range of stories and artists, both emergent and established, speaking to our year-round commitment to new writing, and resulting in us being hailed as the best for original plays’ (The Times) and a cornerstone of the Edinburgh Fringe (The Independent).

Audience numbers and reactions reflected the strength of the programme – with total numbers reaching 35,754 across the 256 production performances. Strong critical praise brought a total of 42 five-star reviews, and overwhelming audience demand for several productions resulted in additional performances for Enough, Mouthpiece, Burgerz and Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster.


Of the record-breaking seven productions bearing the Traverse Theatre stamp, several immediately move on to further engagements with audiences elsewhere:

  • Crocodile Fever (Traverse Theatre Company in association with Lyric Theatre, Belfast): The Lyric, Belfast (3-8 September)
  • How Not to Drown (ThickSkin and Traverse Theatre Company, in co-production with Tron Theatre and Lawrence Batley Theatre): Tron Theatre, Glasgow (11-14 September) and Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield (16-19 September)
  • What Girls Are Made Of (Raw Material and Traverse Theatre Company, in association with Regular Music): Live Theatre, Newcastle (4-6 September), Soho Theatre, London (9-28 September) and Melbourne International Arts Festival (3-13 October)
  • Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (Javaad Alipoor and HOME, in association with Traverse Theatre Company): HOME, Manchester (23 October-2 November)

Other Traverse Festival 2019 shows with upcoming tour dates include Trying It On (UK tour, 3 September-31 October); Until the Flood (Arcola Theatre, London, 4-28 September); and Burgerz (UK tour, 9 October-23 November).


Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award:

  • Mouthpiece

Fringe First Awards:

  • Enough
  • How Not to Drown
  • Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran
  • The Patient Gloria
  • Until the Flood

The Stage Edinburgh Awards:

  • Angus Taylor and Shauna Macdonald in Mouthpiece
  • Dael Orlandersmith in Until the Flood

Herald Angel Awards:

  • Dritan Kastrati in How Not to Drown
  • The Patient Gloria

Total Theatre Awards:

  • Travis Alabanza in Burgerz (Emerging Company/Artist)
  • Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster (Innovation, Experimentation and Playing With Form)

BroadwayWorld Edinburgh Fringe Festival Awards:

  • Crocodile Fever (Best Production)

In addition, there was a SIT-UP Award shortlist for How Not to Drown; a Holden Street Theatres Award shortlist for Mouthpiece, and a Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award shortlist for Burgerz.

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