Traverse Theatre announces May-June 2019 season

13 February 2019 ← return to listing

Traverse Theatre announces May-June 2019 season

Traverse Theatre Company

We are thrilled that our May-June 2019 season will include two rehearsed, script-in-hand readings of a new Traverse Theatre Company production by acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro (Iron, The Last Witch, The James Plays) - Donny's Brain (3 & 4 May). Directed by Edinburgh-based Caitlin Skinner (Woke, At A Stretch, Sanitise), it follows Donny as he comes round from a car crash, with no memory of the last three years. Funny and moving, it raises fascinating questions about the essence of love, human nature and our sense of self. Both readings will be followed by a post-show discussion.

We are also excited to announce that Lewis Hetherington has been awarded IASH/Traverse Creative Fellow 2019, and will be working on the commission of a new play that is both timely and epic. We also welcome Meghan Tyler as our Channel 4 Playwright in Residence, working on attachment throughout 2019 as she develops a bold and brilliant new commission for our main stage, Traverse 1.

Finally, our A Play, A Pie and A Pint, Òran Mór (presented by Traverse Theatre) season continues with Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut  (30 Apr-4 May) by Morag Fullarton; The Origins of Ivor Punch (7-11 May) by Colin MacIntyre; and Toy Plastic Chicken (14-18 May) by Uma Nada-Rajah. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

Visiting Company productions

The Scottish premiere of Actors Touring Company's Keep on Walking Federico  (9-11 May), written and performed by Mark Lockyer and based on his own experiences, is our first visiting company production of the season, One day, Mark gets a letter which takes him to a sleepy Spanish town. He can't speak the language and he knows nobody, but he's not here for fun, he's here to grapple with the past.

Here for just one-night-only is Wildcard Theatre's Electrolyte (14 May) - a multi award-winning piece of gig theatre combining spoken word and original music to powerfully explore mental health.

Next up, as part of the Luminate Festival, is one-off performance, Harbour (16 May) - created by Lyceum Original Sixty, the Royal Lyceum Theatre's 60+ 'ageing creatively' group. Inspired by David Greig's adaptation ofLocal Hero, it sees them explore the idea of community, love and communication in search of their own 'local hero'.

Written and performed by actor, rapper, singer, Live Theatre Associate Artist and all-round rising star Kema Sikazwe (I, Daniel Blake), Shine (16-18 May) is a bittersweet coming of age story with an electrifying live soundtrack, marking his powerful stage debut.

In addition to the re-staging of Velvet Petal in our January-April season, Scottish Dance Theatre returns with an exhilarating new Double Bill  in May (23 & 24 May): RITUALIA by Colette Sadler, the critically acclaimed reimagining of Igor Stravinsky'sLes Noces; and a new commission, The Circle, by the world renowned choreographic force that is Emanuel Gat.

In a powerful blend of theatrical storytelling, animation and live performance drawing, award-winning writer Annie George and visual artist Flore Gardner bring us Twa (24 & 25 May) - which unwinds contrasting stories about women who have been silenced, told with dark poetic text, startling imagery, and with music and sound design by Niroshini Thambar.

Nudging into June, Harry Josephine Giles & Co. present Drone (4 & 5 Jun) - a live jam of sound, visuals and poetry, telling the story of a military drone's life and fears. Written by the Forward Prize shortlisted poet Harry Josephine Giles, it promises to be a spectacle performance mixed new every night by a cabaret band of multimedia artists.

Elsewhere, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company present the Scottish Premiere of Alice in Wonderland (6-8 Jun) - adapted for the stage by Jocelyn Clarke - a visually sumptuous and physical re-telling of Lewis Carroll's beloved work, suitable for all the family.

Developed over an 18-month research period, Wonder Fools return (following The Coolidge Effect) with 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War (6-8 Jun) - the true story, drawing on personal testimony, of four miners who, 80 years ago, travelled from the streets of Prestonpans to the valleys of Spain to join the International Brigade.

Lastly, Strange Town present a duo of pieces performed by a cast of young actors 8-18-years-old, Little Boxes/Stolen Futures (14 & 15 Jun). Little Boxes is an exploration of mental health and societal pressure on young people today, while Stolen Futures ponders how to survive in a post-apocalyptic future when your best friend is missing.

Plus, returning for a special 30th anniversary edition is Edinburgh International Children's Festival (25 May-2 Jun), showcasing some of the world's best theatre and dance for young audiences and offering children a theatrical experience like no other (full programme revealed and booking opens on 20 March). While Soundhouse has two programmes of high quality music this season - with five special Tradfest concerts at the Traverse (27 Apr-6 May), before returning to its usual calendar of acclaimed weekly gigs in the Traverse Bar Café (13 May-6 Jul).

Tickets are now on sale. Book in person, online or call our Box Office team on 0131 228 1404.

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