First Stages Festival

What's on Mon 14 Feb - Tue 29 Mar


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 and Q&As, in-person readings and creative prompts for first time writers to seasoned theatremakers.

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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Design by Kay Cochrane

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.

First Stages Festival 2022 is generously supported by the Dr David Summers Charitable Trust and the Noël Coward Foundation.

List of Events, 12 per page.

  1. How to Build Your Voice

    First Stages Festival By Laurie Motherwell

    Available on demand

    A free, weekly workshop series from writer Laurie Motherwell.

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  2. Anyone Can Write a Play

    First Stages Festival By Meghan Tyler

    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!

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