Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
The Traverse is Scotland's foremost theatre company dedicated to new writing.
Founded by a group of passionate arts enthusiasts seeking to extend the spirit of the Festival throughout the year, the Traverse Theatre Club opened in a former brothel in Edinburgh's Lawnmarket in 1963. Now, a half century on, the Traverse is an established part of Scotland's arts infrastructure, yet retains that essence of innovation and excitement. It remains committed to the original spirit of its founders, and to presenting audiences with a good story, well told. Under Artistic Director Orla O'Loughlin it continues to produce vibrant theatre for, and of, our time, further building its reputation with award-winning productions such as The Artist Man and the Mother Woman, Quiz Show, Ciara and Spoiling.
Internationally acclaimed as a powerhouse of new writing, the Traverse has launched the careers of some of Scotland's most celebrated writers - John Byrne, David Greig, Gregory Burke, David Harrower, Liz Lochhead and Zinnie Harris. Many of today's finest actors have appeared on its stages, including Tilda Swinton, Simon Callow, Robbie Coltrane, Bill Nighy and Alan Cumming.
The Traverse's impact is truly international: it frequently tours overseas, engages in artistic exchanges and partnerships - most recently in Québec, Turkey and South Korea - and, every August, it holds an iconic status as the theatrical heart of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Always looking to the future, the Traverse leads Participation and Engagement programmes that engage with emerging writers and artistic talent to develop the next generation of theatre-makers.