Virtual Programme

Bringing the Traverse to you.

Despite our building being closed, we’re working hard to produce a free virtual programme (detailed below), working with writers, artists, young people and our community. Of course, we’re also planning exciting future shows, projects, collaborations and several Festival-shaped surprises coming soon that we can’t wait to share with you.

Although our ambitious stagings of new work in the Traverse’s physical spaces have been paused, there’s still plenty to see and do in our virtual programme, where we continue to nurture writers, employ bold artists, and serve our local – and global – creative communities.

We hope to see all of you at the Traverse again when it is safe for us to do so, but for now, we’re bringing the Traverse to wherever you are, and inviting you to join fellow theatre-lovers for brilliant performances and new learning opportunities.

Image: Lara Cappelli, First Stages Festival (2019)


Hopefully, you're on this page because you love theatre and believe in the power of new writing and stories like we do. We recognise that these are difficult times for many of us. However, if you are willing and able to make a donation to support our work, we would gratefully appreciate your help.


Open Submissions Workshops

Want to develop your playwriting skills?

This free 16-week course delivered in video and podcast form led by playwrights and theatremakers will support you - and fellow aspiring writers - to unleash your creativity and take you from idea to draft.

Tutors already confirmed to deliver workshops are Debbie Hannan, Gareth Nicholls, Matilda Ibini, Natasha Sutton Williams, Julia Taudevin, Hannah Lavery and Meghan Tyler. Transcripts and closed captions available.


Traverse Young Writers' Scratch Performances

Nine short new pieces from our Traverse Young Writers.

When the lockdown was announced our Traverse Young Writers Group was halfway through receiving weekly tuition from acclaimed playwrights and preparing to present their work on stage at the Traverse. Our plans were quickly reimagined with workshops and the performances moving online.

We're delighted to be able to present these brand new pieces from our 9 Young Writers online, directed remotely and with performers filming in their own homes under lockdown conditions.


Five From The Inside

Five monologues written by Rona Munro, performed by the Donny's Brain team.

Following the sad cancellation of the highly anticipated world premiere of Donny’s Brain, each member of the production’s cast - Roanna Davidson, Michael Dylan, Lauren Grace, Bhav Joshi and Suzanne Magowan - suggested characters and scenarios which they were keen to explore via a company WhatsApp, and pieces were scripted by writer, Rona Munro based on these suggestions.

Each monologue was then filmed under lockdown conditions in the actors’ own homes on phone cameras, directed remotely by Caitlin with input from the designer, Becky Minto.

These monologues were available to view until Sat 2 May, the time at which the final performance of Donny's Brain would have ended.


We're collaborating with National Theatre of Scotland, BBC Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and theatres across the country on Scenes for Survival - a new season of digital short artworks from Scottish creative talents.

The Present, written by Stef Smith starring Moyo Akandé and directed by Katherine Nesbitt, produced in association with the Traverse, is available to watch now.

During her solitude, a young woman offers a tender poetic lament to an absent loved one, and takes comfort in imagining a time when they can finally be together again.


The Voice Behind the Picture

In Motion Theatre in association with SEE ME

We should've welcomed In Motion Theatre to the Traverse on Thu 2 July to share brilliant monologues by new writers. As we can't do that, we welcomed them to our digital channels instead!

Over the space of 5 weeks, fourteen writers worked with playwright and creative director of In Motion Theatre Company, Lisa Nicoll to create stories/monologues around the theme The Voice Behind The Picture.

Their pieces will be premiere on Thu 2 July, 7pm on our Facebook page and In Motion Theatre's Youtube channel.


Serious Organised Criminal

With two lockdown livestreams under his belt, we're excited to share that Mark Thomas will livestream his Sony award-winning show, Serious Organised Criminal in which Mark turns an 18-month battle over Parliament Square and the right to demonstrate into a bizarrely brilliant stand up show.

This is how Mark fought the law with the law’s permission and became a Guinness World Record holder by organising 2,500 protests in one day.

Admission to this unique performance is £5, 20% of which Mark will generously pass on to the Traverse when booked through the link in this email.


From our friends and fellow theatremakers