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 TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY / Image: Cherry Blossom / Photographer: Alan McCredie
TRAVERSE THEATRE COMPANY

Text-based: Medium|New writing|Contemporary drama

SIZE OF COMPANY
Varies

SCALE OF VENUE
Small to large

PERMANENT STAFF
Administrative Director
Mike Griffiths
Artistic Director
Dominic Hill
Literary Manager
Katherine Mendelsohn

ARTISTIC POLICY
The Traverse Theatre is Scotland’s specialist producing theatre, dedicated to commissioning and producing new work by theatre writers and other creative artists. It regularly presents the work of other companies, specialising in new work, over three seasons, including the Edinburgh Festival every August. It regularly co-produces with other companies both in the UK and internationally, and is keen to take its work abroad. There is a vibrant learning and participation programme, which includes the internationally produced CLASS ACT programme.

REVIEW EXTRACTS
Sad, funny and instantly recognisable...irresistible and unmissable.
The Herald (Midsummer)
A landmark theatre event in Scotland... humane, committed, clever and strong.
The Scotsman (Cherry Blossom)
Sean Holmes' superb, beautifully acted production...This is a play of grace and terror.
The Guardian (Pornography)

CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
Pornography by Simon Stephens.
Co-production with Birmingham Rep. Strong language, nudity, sexually explicit. No Interval. 90 minutes. Poetic revisiting of London moving from Olympic euphoria to 7/7 devastation. 8 actors. 13 on the road.
Midsummer [A Play with Songs] by David Greig & Gordon McIntyre
100 minutes. No Interval. Strong Language, Sexually explicit. 2 handed romantic comedy set on a wet Edinburgh midsummer weekend. 2 actors. 6 on the road.
Damascus by David Greig
150 minutes. 1 interval. Strong language. 5 actors. 10 on the road. Directed by Philip Howard. Contemporary comedy previously toured to Toronto, New York & Moscow

FUTURE PRODUCTIONS
Hoors by Gregory Burke
A new comedy by the writer of Black Watch and Gagarin Way Strong Language with sexually explicit intentions.4 actors. 9 on the road. Production scheduled May 2009
Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller
Conceived and directed by Aida Karic. New version by Laura Ruohonen. co-production with Linz 09 European Capital of Culture. 8 actors & 4 musicians. 18 on the road. Produced February 2009

WRAP-AROUND
Workshops with cast, director or writer. Post show discussions. Resource packs specifically targeted at  secondary school level students. Other activities may be available on request.

RECENT INTERNATIONAL WORK
2008
Poland: Cherry Blossom
2008 Canada/USA/Russia: Damascus
2007 Iran/USA/Jordan: When the Bulbul Stopped Singing
2006 Kosovo: Petrol Jesus Nightmare #5
2005 USA/Germany/Balkans: The People Next Door

TOURING AVAILABILITY
Mary Stuart available March 09.
Damascus available April 09.
Pornography available May 09.
Midsummer available June 09.
Hoors available June 09