Traverse Festival

What's on

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Here you can find information on all the productions, events and activities currently available in Traverse 3 - our new online venue, which is a permanent space alongside our physical stages of Traverse 1 and 2.

There's a huge range of stories available, created for, or reimagined in, a variety of formats, including films, podcasts, audio plays, performed readings and open access scripts, as well as conversations and provocations for audiences to join.

We've commissioned a breadth of artists to create new pieces of work especially for this year's unique Traverse Festival programme, and are delighted to be working with many partner companies and creatives to present the most cutting edge and stirring shows around, including many world premieres.

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


List of Events, 12 per page.

  1. Shielders

    Ticketed By Matilda Ibini

    Available until Sun 31 Jan

    Shahbaz, Zira and Trice have been in lockdown in Glasgow, spending their days on the phone to each other whilst searching the skies for sightings from another planet. Now that the world is opening up, what happens next?

    Info / Book
  2. Until the Flood

    Free By Dael Orlandersmith

    Available now

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith performs her poetic and revelatory play Until the Flood, recorded live on stage.

    Watch now
  3. A Community Response to Race: Making Until the Flood with Dael Orlandersmith

    Free

    Available now

    Playwright, performer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith discusses her show Until the Flood and the state of America in 2020.

    Watch now
  4. The Stories We Tell About Black Lives

    Free By May Sumbwanyambe

    Available now

    In his wide-ranging video essay, May Sumbwanyambe draws links between the ways in Black people are represented and misrepresented in the media.

    Watch now
  5. In Dreams I;

    Free By Natasha Thembiso Ruwona

    Available now

    In Dreams I; responds to Black geographies and how black people fit into spaces - physically or metaphorically. It is a mediation on history, identity and memory, and how these can often be blurred into one.

    Watch now
  6. Doomsdays

    Free By Conor O'Loughlin

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    Faye and Felix devoted themselves to a doomsday that didn’t come and now, having seen the world get continually worse over the past nine years, they’re confronting their former leader with their findings.

    Listen now
  7. Matterhorn

    Free By Amy Rhianne Milton

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    A cathedral at the edge of time, at the end of the world. A few hundred cling to life within its thick, safe walls. Humanity’s final outpost.

    Listen now
  8. Rabbit Catcher

    Free By Rebecca Martin

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    Rabbit Catcher is a lyrical, mythical lore set within the dark, dense woods of Ord Hill, Inverness.

    Listen now
  9. The Watercooler

    Free By Uma Nada-Rajah

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    Two co-workers meet in the staff room of a non-descript corporate office. Uma Nada-Rajah’s The Watercooler addresses racism with a searing streak of surrealism.

    Listen now
  10. Contemporary Political Ethics (or, How to Cheat)

    Free By Jamie Cowan

    Available until Sat 31 Jan

    A failed politician and carer are showing Kev, a young lad on academic probation, the in’s and out’s of running a polling station.

    Listen now
  11. Happenings - Response Session

    Free

    Available now

    Dael Orlandersmith, May Sumbwanyambe and Natasha Thembiso Ruwona respond to their Happenings and answer audience questions.

    Watch now
  12. In Someone Else's Shoes: Edinburgh's Unexpected Summer

    Free

    Available now

    In Someone Else’s Shoes: Edinburgh’s Unexpected Summer transports you into the heart of another person’s life through immersive 360 degree video.

    Experience now