Traverse Theatre Company By Frances Poet

In-person Mon 2 - Sun 22 Aug

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'Folk say you can trick a brain. Placebo power. I’m going to stand up and it’ll feel better.'

Across Edinburgh, five souls stagger towards each other, hoping to be transformed.

Gaynor’s got to leave the house if she wants to meet her newborn granddaughter. Stillness has been the only way to deal with her chronic pain but now it’s time to move.

Gilly’s not sure what her dying dad’s feeling but the one thing she knows from experience is that it’s best not to Google it.

Dougie and Ciara have spent their last NCT class preparing for the labour pains ahead but now it’s time for one last night on the dance floor.

And then there’s Mick, who wakes up on Portobello Beach in the early hours of the morning with two gold rings in his pocket. He can’t remember what they’re for but he knows it’s something important. He’ll work out what if only his old pal, Pat, will stop buying him drinks…

Full of tenderness and humour, and woven through with a live, folk-rock inspired, musical score, Still is a cathartic story of life, loss and joy. Set in familiar locations around Edinburgh, this stripped-back production draws audiences straight into the heart of the story as we welcome you back into our space for the first time since March 2020.

Written by Frances Poet (Adam, Gut), directed by Traverse Artistic Director Gareth Nicholls (Ulster American, Crocodile Fever), with design by Karen Tennent, lighting design by Colin Grenfell and composition and sound design by Oguz Kaplangi.

Still will be performed in Traverse 1, with a reduced audience capacity and social distancing in place. The performance will be available to stream on-demand from late August.

Find out more about how we're keeping our staff, companies and audiences safe this summer.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic


  • DirectorGareth Nicholls
  • DesignerKaren Tennent
  • Lighting DesignerColin Grenfell
  • Composer & Sound DesignerOğuz Kaplangi
  • Movement DirectorKally Lloyd-Jones
  • Associate DirectorShilpa T-Hyland
  • DramaturgEleanor White
  • Martin Donaghy


  • Molly Innes


  • Oğuz Kaplangi


  • Gerry Mulgrew


  • Mercy Ojelade


  • Naomi Stirrat


Behind the Scenes

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Immediately after booking you will receive a confirmation email and eTickets for your booking. You will receive a further email with all COVID-19 safety and audience information no later than 24 hours before your performance.

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    We have lost £3 in every £5 of our income, and any support from the Government will take us only part of the way. In order for us to safely return and physically come together again in our creative hub, we urgently need your help. With your help, the Traverse Theatre can continue to create spaces where everyone can connect, develop and tell stories across different platforms.

    Please consider making a donation to the Traverse Theatre today and support the future of live theatre performance.

    - A gift of £20 could provide the Traverse Team, artists and crew with disposable facemasks for a week

    - A gift of £10 could pay for a floor sticker indicating the social distancing measures in place

    - A gift of £5 could buy antibacterial hand gel to keep our artists safe on stage during a performance