The motto of Edinburgh, as you might still see it, I think, carved over the old castle gate, is "Sic Itur ad Astra" - "This way to the stars."

G K Chesterton

Three cheers for Traverse Fifty

Date Posted:

(21 December 2012)

All set to celebrate 50 years of brilliant performances, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre reveals its Traverse Fifty, whose plays will be performed in January.

Earlier this year, the theatre put out a call to emerging writers who would help it create a programme of plays to mark the occasion. Now, the 50 successful writers have been announced and we’re pleased to see many local faces – as well as new writers from around the world – involved.

Each successful writer submitted a 500-word 'Play for Edinburgh' and will now be invited to take part in a series of tailor-made writing events throughout 2013, including panel discussions, workshops and one-on-one dramaturgy. The Traverse will also stage the winning plays and the year will culminate with a New Writing Festival. Three of the talented top 50 will also be offered seed commissions at the end of the year.

The Traverse chose its winners from the stack of 630 scripts which arrived from across the globe. The top 50 are made up of new talent from Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland, Croatia and Australia and their plays will be performed on 26 January, kicking off the exciting project.

Join us in offering a hearty ‘break a leg’ and big congratulations to the new Traverse Fifty:

Colin Bell (Edinburgh)
Kate Bowen (Glasgow)
Michael Burnett (Edinburgh)
Alison Carr (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Colin Clark (Glasgow)
Grace Cleary (Livingston)
Giles Conisbee (Pitlochry)
Robert Dawson Scott (Glasgow)
Jack Dickson (Glasgow)
Sylvia Dow (Linlithgow)
Dave Fargnoli (Edinburgh)
Sophie Good (Edinburgh)
Alan Gordon (Edinburgh)
Caroline Gray (Putney)
James Green (Newark on Trent)
Kris Haddow (Paisley)
Mose Hayward (Paris)
Molly Innes (Edinburgh)
Emily Jenkins (Meysey Hampton)
Denise Keane (London)
Najma Khanzada (Edinburgh)
Deborah Klayman (Southall)
Jamie Laing (Dundee)
James Ley (Edinburgh)
Jennifer Makie (Edinburgh)
Bethan Marlow (Cardiff)
Stuart Martin (London)
Katy McAulay (Glasgow)
John McCann (Edinburgh)
Martin McCormick (Glasgow)
Nicholas Mcgaughey (Pontypridd)
K S Morgan McKean (Glasgow)
Tara McKevitt (Dublin)
Iain Mitchell (London)
Uma Nada- Rajah (Edinburgh)
Eva O'Connor (Edinburgh)
Michael O'Neill (Glasgow)
Dino Pesut (Zagreb)
Lachlan Philpott (Sydney)
Frances Poet (Glasgow)
Tim Primrose (Edinburgh)
Matthew Ramagge (Glasgow)
Mark Robson (Edinburgh)
Helen Shutt (London)
Sam Siggs (Edinburgh)
Ellie Stewart (Bathgate)
J.A. Sutherland (Edinburgh)
AJ Taudevin (Glasgow)
Drew Taylor (Glasgow)
Adam Usden (Cheadle)