Traverse Festival

What's on From Mon 24 Aug


Welcome to the Traverse Festival! This year we've burst out of August and extended our Festival programme throughout the rest of the year - and beyond.

About the Traverse Festival

Where August would usually mark the world coming to the Traverse, this year we are taking our programme directly to you - wherever you are - for the first time ever!

Here you can find information on all the Festival productions, events and activities currently available in Traverse 3 - our new online venue, which will be 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.

Traverse 3 is a supportive space for audiences and artists alike to explore their creativity and see life through the eyes and experiences of others, at a time when seeking common ground to celebrate what we all share, and what makes us unique, could not be more important.

How to watch, listen and read

Many of the events listed below will be available for you to enjoy from Monday 24 August. Some are only available for a limited time - you can check when each expires on their page.

Almost everything is free to watch, listen to, read or otherwise experience. However, if you're able to, we invite you to donate the price you'd usually pay for a single ticket to an 'in person' Traverse Festival performance at our Edinburgh venue - and for that, you'll get your Traverse Festival Pass which gives you access to all events in the Traverse Festival programme.

Unable to donate at the moment? No problem - the Traverse Festival is for everyone, we’ll just need a few bits of information from you to be able to send you a link. Find out more.

Got a question? It's probably answered in our FAQs.


All pre-recorded video events are fully captioned, or a full transcript is available for each piece of audio. If you would like an alternative format or have any questions about accessibility, please email

Everything is available to play on demand and can be paused, rewound or rewatched at any point during your viewing.

Coming soon

New events will be added on a continual basis, so check back regularly for more brand new shows to entertain, surprise, excite and inspire you!

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. The Red Shed

    Traverse Festival By Mark Thomas

    Award-winning comedian Mark Thomas is streaming his TravFest16 smash-hit show, The Red Shed!

    Info / Book

    Traverse Festival By Daphna Attias, Terry O'Donovan & Chris Goode

    Thu 10 Sep - Sat 10 Oct

    USER NOT FOUND is an immersive video podcast about what happens to our online identities after we die.

    Get my Festival Pass
  3. Want to learn how to write a play?

    Get Involved

    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
  4. Denouement

    Traverse Festival By John Morton

    Available Mon 7 - Sun 27 Sep

    It’s 2048 and the end of the world is nigh. Actually, it’s not that nigh – it’s been going on for flipping ages and everyone’s a bit over it, to be honest.

    Get my Festival Pass
  5. Positive Stories for Negative Times

    Traverse Festival

    From Wed 26 Aug

    Wonder Fools and the Traverse Theatre have commissioned some of the UK’s most exciting voices to write new plays for young people allowing young people to come together to make new work online.

    Coming soon
  6. Have you got a story to tell?

    Get Involved

    Submissions accepted until 31 Oct

    Our script submissions window opens on Tue 1 Sep. We're looking for stories exploring big ideas with as much heart as head and for writers that have something new to say about the world today.

    Find out more
  7. 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
  8. In Someone Else's Shoes: Edinburgh's Unexpected Summer

    Traverse Festival

    Available Mon 28 Sep - Sun 25 Oct

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

    Get my Festival Pass
  9. Want to support our work?

    Traverse Festival

    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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