Traverse Theatre

PREVIEW – Dragon, National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre

A co-production between the National Theatre of Scotland, Vox Motus and the Tianjin People’s Arts Theatre from China, Dragon tells the wordless tale of young Tommy, who feels alone and disconnected from the world following the death of his mother. Until one day, when opening his bedroom curtains, he’s greeted with a most extraordinary sight. […]

REVIEW – Oedipussy by Spymonkey, Traverse Theatre


Unaware that she is in fact his mother, Oedipus lifts Queen Jocasta aloft, claiming her as his bride and fulfilling the terrible prophecy foretold by the gods. Until the fifty-one year old German actor playing the part of the tragic young hero has to put her down again due to his bad back. The advancing […]

REVIEW – Calum’s Road, Traverse Theatre


A co-production from the National Theatre of Scotland and Communicado Theatre Company, David Harrower’s adaptation of Roger Hutchinson’s Calum’s Road forges a poignant path through themes of belonging, change and cultural identity. Taking 20 years to single-handedly build a road on the sparsely-populated island of Raasay, Calum Macleod (Iain Macrae) is portrayed as a single-minded […]

REVIEW – Barflies, Grid Iron Theatre


Something’s slightly askew in the Barony this evening. Instead of daily menus, the blackboards are chalked with quotations by Charles Bukowski; instead of the usual fare behind the bar, the drinks on offer tonight include Screw Lager and Man In A Boat beer. Appropriately, it’s like viewing the traditional bar through a drunken, reality-altering haze. […]

REVIEW – Creation & Play, manipulate, Traverse Theatre


Creation & Play gives the chance for three leading Scottish puppeteers to be paired with a trio of theatre directors: and given free reign to create whatever form of visual theatre they wished. With the emphasis very much on the ‘play’ aspect, the pieces give an opportunity for their creators to experiment in a low-risk […]

REVIEW – Plucked…A True Fairy Tale, manipulate


England’s Invisible Thread give us a glimpse into a playful and at times disturbing world with Liz Walker’s Plucked…A True Fairy Tale, part of the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival at the Traverse. Taking inspiration from myth and legend – most notably the maiden, mother, crone archetype – two almost life-size puppets interact in an abstract […]

PREVIEW – manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, 30 Jan – 4 Feb

The first of Edinburgh’s arts & culture festivals of 2012, manipulate will see The Traverse Theatre filled with the best in cutting-edge puppetry, animation and visual theatre for 6 days from 30 January. Presented by Puppet Animation Scotland, manipulate enters its fifth year in 2012, with performers from France, Austria, Russia, Germany and more taking […]

REVIEW – The Tree of Knowledge, Traverse Theatre


In Jo Clifford’s poignant yet playful imagining, Adam Smith (Neil McKinven) and David Hume (Gerry Mulgrew) are blessed with an enlightening opportunity to see how their philosophies have borne fruit, as they wake up resurrected in the 21st century. Guided by modern-day Eve (Joanna Tope), their eyes are opened to the result of free thought […]

REVIEW – Dig (A Play, A Pie & A Pint at the Traverse Theatre)


Katie Douglas gets the new A Play, A Pie & A Pint season at the Traverse off to a meaty start with her tight and emotionally-charged short play Dig, a character-driven piece directed by George Perrin which unearths how pride can be the most crippling sin of all. In this co-production by Glasgow’s Òran Mór […]

REVIEW – The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church, Daniel Kitson (Traverse)


The Interminable Suicide Of Gregory Church sees a welcome return to The Traverse from Daniel Kitson, the Perrier Award winning standup who first performed this charming and insightful monologue at 2009’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With typically self-effacing manner, Kitson is alone on the stage as he recounts the fictional tale of piecing together the fragments […]