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.

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. Two illustrated televisions featuring photos of Mark Thomas. In one photo Mark is standing with his fingers in his ears and in the other he's holding an airport sign.

    The Mark Thomas Comedy Product Vintage Cuts #4

    Ticketed By Mark Thomas

    Live event Sun 25 Apr, 8pm

    For 7 years The Mark Thomas Comedy Product caused mayhem on Channel 4's airwaves. Now Mark and the show's producer Geoff Atkinson look back at the programme in the final instalment of their YouTube broadcast specials.

    Info / Book


    Booking is now closed for this event

    This Soundhouse Spotlight Session features four incredible new acts from the world of Scottish folk.

    Book closed
  3. Positive Stories for Negative Times: Watch Party

    Free or by donation By Chris Thorpe, Sabrina Mahfouz, Bea Webster, Stef Smith, Jack Nurse & Robbie Gordon

    Live event Tue 27 April, 7pm

    An exciting opportunity to see extracts from the 5 plays that youth theatres across the country are exploring as part of the Positive Stories for Negative times project from Wonder Fools.

    Info / Book
  4. 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
  5. Life In The Time: Exhibition


    Available to experience now

    An exhibition and urgent call to action to address the lack of support for marginalised and socially excluded women.

    Experience now
  6. 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
  7. The Dream Frequencies

    Free Created by MJ McCarthy

    Available on demand

    Listen now
  8. Dean Owens


    Booking open until Mon 26 Apr

    Award winning Scottish singer songwriter Dean Owens is one of UK’s finest troubadours, with fans including authors Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin, and BBC legend Bob Harris.

    Book now
  9. Mr McFall's Chamber


    Booking open until Mon 3 May

    Mr McFall’s Chamber was formed in 1996 as a response to an increasingly narrowing demographic for classical music in Scotland at that time.

    Book now
  10. 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.

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  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. Traverse Young Writers Scratch Performances

    Traverse Festival

    Available until 16 May 2021

    Nine new short works by members of our Traverse Young Writers group created specifically for online presentation, created under lockdown conditions in May.

    Watch now