Speaking about the new season, Artistic Director Dominic Hill said “Over the past year, the Traverse has established itself as a home for new work of all kinds. We recently wrapped up our inaugural Autumn Festival where, for two weeks, the Theatre played host to everything from contemporary opera to 3D dance instillation. I think that our Spring 2010 programme further cements this position, with a season of new drama, music and dance.”
The Theatre will be introducing three of its own shows this season. Dominic Hill will direct the Scottish Premiere of Edward Albee’s rarely performed masterpiece, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? a funny and shocking play about social taboos, which opens in April. This is followed in June by a new Traverse commission from Linda McLean, called Any Given Day, a searing, poetic and hard-hitting new play by one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. What We Know by Pamela Carter in February marks the second installment in the Theatre’s experimental Traverse Too strand, in a production featuring BAFTA award-winner Kate Dickie.
There will be a month of World Premieres in March with the hugely popular A Play, A Pie and A Pint season of lunchtime theatre in collaboration with Òran Mór. This year’s programme features five new plays from Simon Stephens, Graham Eatough and Maggie Rose, Ella Hickson, Gregory Burke and Zinnie Harris – and the admission price includes a pie and a pint.
Now in its second year, Puppet Animation Scotland festival of puppetry and visual theatre, Manipulate continues in February in association with the Traverse Theatre. Companies from Germany, Spain, Portugal, England and Scotland will present a variety of film and live puppetry in a week long celebration of visual theatre.
In March the Traverse will host exclusive Scottish runs from two internationally acclaimed companies; ATC make a welcome return to the Traverse after their 2008 production of The Brothers Size with the European Premiere of Eurydice by celebrated US playwright Sarah Ruhl. This is followed by an innovative new take on Chekhov from the Lyric Hammersmith and Filter with Three Sisters. Director Sean Holmes also directed Simon Stephens’ play Pornography for the Traverse during the 2008 festival.
Brand new at the Traverse is Scottish Opera, Five: 15. New work from five teams of writers and composers drawn from Scotland’s creative industries will be performed at the Traverse in May. The Traverse is delighted to host this season with Scottish Opera, who began their partnership with the Theatre during the Autumn Festival 09.
World Premieres in the season include the production by Random Accomplice of Douglas Maxwell’s tense new thriller Promises Promises, and a new version of Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector by Communicado. There is a double bill of new work from the Arches New Work Award plus three new plays from Stellar Quines.
Physical theatre and dance form a strong strand of the new season at the Traverse. In February, Spymonkey perform a mis-telling of Moby Dick, with Tom Dale Company bringing their raw, unpredictable brand of dance to the theatre with Roam. This features specially commissioned tracks from electronic producers Shackleton and Sion. The Traverse is delighted to welcome back Scottish Dance Theatre, who were a sell-out hit during the Autumn Festival 09. They will perform two brand new works in April: NQR and The Life and Times of Girl A.
Free events continue at the Traverse Bar Café this Spring, including experimental new sounds from emerging, underground and established musicians, Noisy Nights, and Words, Words, Words - readings of short scenes submitted by writers across all stages of playwriting, which are open to the public.
There are new ticket offers available for the shows on the Spring 2010 season: A limited number of discounted Hot Tickets are available on selected performances, and the Theatre has introduced Traverse Loyalty Tickets for two of it’s shows, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Any Given Day.