The Traverse, a small theatre in an office building, has a reputation that extends far beyond its subterranean location. I first learned about the theatre at school when we studied some of the plays developed at the Traverse.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Traverse is known for original writing and well-known Scottish playwrights such as Liz Lochhead having strong associations with the theatre. But they also present revivals and Scottish premieres. For example they recently showcased the Scottish premiere of 8, by Academy-Award winner Dustin Lance Black.
The Traverse is also a good spot for a glass of wine or a bite to eat. There is a large café bar with good quality food, the burgers are my favourite. There are no windows which can make it dark and stuffy but also means that it is often less crowded than nearby bars above ground (check the Lebowskis and Hanging Bat articles) which can get packed with the after work crowd.
I have two favourite ways to see plays at the Traverse - ”A Pie, A Pint and A Play” offers lunch and a play for £ 14, or for around £ 6 you can sometimes catch rehearsed readings. These give the opportunity to see a new play in development stage. Both are excellent ways to see something different without breaking the bank.
Whether you are looking for a bite to eat, a drink with friends or to see some new theatre the Traverse is the perfect spot.