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.
Although relatively modern (in Edinburgh terms!) the theatre has a fascinating history. It started life in 1963 in a former brothel in the Old Town with repurposed cinema seats but now they’re in a purpose built venue near Lothian Road.
The Traverse is known for original writing with well-known Scottish playwrights such as Liz Lochhead having strong associations with the theatre. But they also present revivals and Scottish premieres.
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 article) which can get packed with the after work crowd.
The range of plays on offer is often overwhelming but the tickets aren’t expensive so it’s a great chance to take a shot on something new and unexpected.
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.