Traverse Theatre hits reset with new year-round Festival programme and online venue

The Traverse Theatre was founded with the hope of carrying the spirit of Edinburgh’s Festivals throughout the year– and in 2020 they have been inspired by their past to create a new future as they announce the launch of Traverse 3, their new online venue, and the extension of its Traverse Festival programme throughout the rest of the year.

The Traverse’s website will be transformed into Traverse 3 – joining our physical performance spaces Traverse 1 and 2 – and present a continually refreshed programme of cutting-edge productions, immersive stories and political discussions, which can be experienced and contributed to by audiences everywhere.

Where August would usually mark the world coming to the Traverse, this year the Traverse takes its programme directly to audiences around world for the first time in its history.

Brand new pieces have been commissioned for Traverse 3, which will be presented alongside stage productions reimagined to be enjoyed as films, podcasts, audio plays or performed recordings. Open access scripts, conversations and provocations, relayed live from the Traverse’s physical spaces in Edinburgh and across the country, will enable audiences to create their own work, unleashing their creativity and becoming creative contributors wherever they may be.

The online space of Traverse 3 will remain live and active as a permanent part of the Traverse’s cultural offering. It will be a centre of creative excellence, presenting bold, provocative and innovative work that puts audiences at its heart, throughout 2020 and beyond.

The first productions available as part of the Traverse Festival are:

  • Declan directed by Lorn Macdonald with original text from Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley
  • Shielders by Matilda Ibini, Directed by Debbie Hannan
  • Breakfast Plays: New Tracks
    Contemporary Political Ethics (or, How to Cheat) by Jamie Cowan, Directed by Gareth Nicholls
    Rabbit Catcher by Rebecca Martin, Directed by Gareth Nicholls
    Matterhorn by Amy Rhianne Milton, Directed by Debbie Hannan
    The Watercooler by Uma Nada-Rajah, Directed by Debbie Hannan
    Doomsdays by Conor O’Loughlin, Directed by Debbie Hannan
  • Removed by Fionnuala Kennedy, Directed by Emma Jordan
  • Shedinburgh produced by Francesca Moody, starring various acts

And their participatory programme includes:

  • Happenings produced by the Traverse
  • Positive Stories for Negative Times by Wonder Fools in association with the Traverse Theatre
  • Open Submissions Workshops produced by the Traverse
  • Traverse Young Writers produced by the Traverse, led by Hannah Lavery

All video events will be fully captioned and transcripts will be made available for all audio-only works. All events can be paused, rewound and rewatched as audiences choose, meaning each production offers a more relaxed viewing or listening option for those who would prefer.
Executive Producer, Linda Crooks, says:

“Unlocking the virtual doors of Traverse 3, and stepping into all the possibilities it presents, marks an important shift in how we respond to both our ‘now’ and our future. It is a huge opportunity for us to remove many access barriers and make our work the most democratic and inclusive it has ever been, both in terms of who we work with and who experiences what we create. We have always welcomed the world to our venue, in August especially, and in recent years have been able to share our work in selected international locations – but now we can bring the Traverse, and all of the incredible creativity with which we work, to the world.

We are delighted and grateful to be working with so many partner companies and members of the freelance community in creating the programme, including many who are making their Traverse Theatre debuts. I would like to use this opportunity to thank them and everyone who has been involved for embracing huge change to realise something that seemed impossible only a few months ago.

We also wish to also thank our incredibly loyal audiences who have been so supportive throughout the last few months, as well as our regular funders – we hope that they, and many more, enjoy the fantastic programme of digital Festival activity we have planned.”