Traverse Festival

What's on


Welcome to Traverse 3, our online venue, full of events, shows, workshops and other activities, which can be explored and enjoyed wherever you are!

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. And we're delighted to be working with many partner companies and creatives to present the most cutting edge and stirring shows around, including many world premieres.

Throughout February we'll be presenting our biggest ever series of creative development activity in the First Stages Festival, 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, Q&As, readings and creative prompts for first time writers to seasoned theatremakers, so there's lots of chances to get involved and unleash your creativity!

We hope you'll join us.

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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.

Image: Mihaela Bodlovic

List of Events, 12 per page.

  1. Generating Material: A Workshop and Q&A with Simon Stephens - Recording


    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
  2. Hannah Lavery: Writing Autobiographical Work for the Stage


    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
  3. Lizabett Russo


    On demand Mon 22 Feb - Mon 1 Mar

    Soundhouse are delighted to kick off this very special season of Spotlight concerts with one of their very favourite singer-songwriters, Lizabett Russo.

    Book now
  4. Soundhouse Spotlight Sessions: Jazz


    On demand Mon 1 Mar - Mon 8 Mar

    This jazz showcase features four stars of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's jazz course, who formed a band especially for this Soundhouse Spotlight Session.

    Book now
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. In Someone Else's Shoes: Edinburgh's Unexpected Summer


    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
  8. Want to support our work?

    Free or by donation

    Support our work today

    The work we stage at the Traverse is by anyone and for everyone. Help urgent new stories reach our stages. Support our work today.

    Support Us
  9. Want to learn how to write a play?


    Workshops available until Sep 2021

    This free 16-part course supports aspiring writers to unleash their creativity, taking you from idea to draft.

    Take Part
  10. Anyone Can Write a Play


    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
  11. 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
  12. A Community Response to Race: Making Until the Flood with Dael Orlandersmith


    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