Traverse Theatre Announces Festival 2017

06 June 2017 ← return to listing

Traverse Theatre Announces Festival 2017

This year's Traverse Festival programme presents eight world premieres, three European premieres and five Scottish premieres, among them a record five Traverse Theatre Company productions. In the 70th anniversary year of the Edinburgh Festival, the Traverse is proud to deliver its mission of championing international creative talent and programming urgent and diverse work, placing powerful contemporary theatre at the heart of cultural life.

Traverse Theatre Company productions are: Meet Me at Dawn by Zinnie Harris, The Whip Hand by Douglas Maxwell, Letters to Morrissey by Gary McNair, Breakfast Plays: B!RTH and Locker Room Talk by Gary McNair.

Believing in the vital role art plays in turbulent times, the Traverse Festival 2017 programme gives a platform to narratives that are often silenced or side-lined - taking in important stories from eight countries. Our hope is that this work will both entertain and stir conversation - provoking crucial debate amongst audiences: inspiring them to ask questions, seek answers and challenge the status quo.

Orla O'Loughlin, Artistic Director, says:

'We live in unpredictable times as the world pitches and shifts on a daily basis. An often frightening reality has become our new normal. We believe that at such times theatre has a crucial role to play in sounding a rallying cry for those who seek to resist the divisive and the unjust. This year's carefully selected and proudly international line up represents a timely opportunity for our audience to gather and bear witness and feel part of a community that believes change is possible.

Along the way there will be laughs a plenty, tears no doubt, surprises and provocation but overall this year's programme speaks resolutely to the power of now and the responsibility we all have to come together even in times that seem to be hell bent on tearing us apart.'

To browse the full programme and download the brochure visit here. For a further insight into #TravFest17, watch our festival trailer here.


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