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Now in its 40th year, Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre is Scotland's new writing theatre, with a record of excellence since 1963. With quality, award-winning productions and programming, the Traverse receives accolades at home and abroad from audiences and critics alike.

The Traverse has an unrivalled reputation for producing contemporary theatre of the highest quality, invention and energy, commissioning and supporting writers from Scotland and around the world and facilitating numerous script development workshops, rehearsed readings and public writing workshops. The Traverse aims to produce several major new theatre productions plus a Scottish touring production each year. It is unique in Scotland in its exclusive dedication to new writing, providing the infrastructure, professional support and expertise to ensure the development of a sustainable and relevant theatre culture for Scotland and the UK.

Traverse Theatre Company productions have been seen worldwide including London, Toronto, Budapest, Oslo, Stockholm and New York. Recent tours and transfers include Outlying Islands by David Greig, Gagarin Way by Gregory Burke, Perfect Days by Liz Lochhead, Passing Places by Stephen Greenhorn, Heritage by Nicola McCartney and Lazybed by Iain Crichton Smith.

During the Edinburgh Festival the Traverse is one of the most important venues, regularly picking up coveted Fringe Firsts and Herald Angels, with world class premieres playing daily in the two theatre spaces.

An essential element of the Traverse Company's activities takes place within the educational sector, concentrating on the process of playwriting for young people. The Traverse flagship education project CLASS ACT offers young people in schools the opportunity to work with theatre professionals and see their work performed on the Traverse stage. In addition the Traverse Young Writers group, led by professional playwrights, has been running for over three years and meets weekly.

The Traverse moved to its current site in 1992. We are part of the Saltire Court complex, which houses hundreds of offices as well as the prestigious Atrium restaurant and blue bar café.

The Traverse was designed by Edinburgh architects Nicholas Grove Raines, with a huge amount of help from the Traverse staff who had very clear ideas about what they wanted from the space. The result is one of Britains best theatre buildings.


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