First Stages Festival

What's on Mon 1 - Sun 28 Feb

About

The First Stages Festival is a celebration of the Traverse’s commitment to nurturing and supporting new voices, and expanding the skills of new and experienced creatives with the ambition of producing ever more transportive and meaningful experiences for audiences.

This year’s First Stages Festival offers a wide range of interactive workshops (both live and recorded), Q&As, readings and creative prompts for first time writers to seasoned theatremakers.

Every event in the programme is open for anyone in the world to participate in.

You can explore all of the events which are part of the First Stages Festival below, and choose your own creative adventure!

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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.

ANYONE CAN WRITE A PLAY and the reading of Paradise by Michael John O'Neill are part of the Creative Community - Irish Theatre in Scotland series, a Traverse Theatre partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh.

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List of Events, 12 per page.

  1. Episode 2: Anyone Can Write A Play

    Free

    Available now

    In the second workshop in her Anyone Can Write a Play series, Meghan Tyler shares techniques to develop your characters.

    Watch now
  2. Generating Material: A Workshop and Q&A with Simon Stephens - Recording

    Ticketed

    Sales are now closed for this event

    A workshop with playwright Simon Stephens, focusing on generating material and developing characters and relationships.

    No longer available to book
  3. Hannah Lavery: Writing Autobiographical Work for the Stage

    Ticketed

    Live workshops Sat 27 Feb, Wed 3 Mar

    A workshop for writers who are interested in writing autobiographical work, led by award-winning poet, playwright and performer, Hannah Lavery.

    Info / Book
  4. Anyone Can Write a Play

    Free

    Available on demand

    Want to write a play but don't know where to start? Or maybe you've written a play in the past, but recently lost all of your creative juices? Never fear – this is the playwriting series for you!

    Get Involved
  5. Episode 3: Anyone Can Write a Play

    Free

    Available now

    How on earth do you find your plot? In the third workshop in her series, Meghan Tyler explains how.

    Watch Now

ANYONE CAN WRITE A PLAY and the reading of Paradise by Michael John O'Neill are part of the Creative Community - Irish Theatre in Scotland series, a Traverse Theatre partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh.