Traverse announce first tranche of Festival shows


Traverse 1 programme includes world premieres from Mark Thomas, Cora Bissett and Headlong.

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Mark Thomas

The Traverse Theatre has announced the first five shows for its 2018 Festival season, including the annual visit by Mark Thomas, and the return of Cora Bissett after eight years.

Thomas will be celebrating our nation’s most favourite septuagenarian institution in Check Up: Our NHS at 70, while Bissett performs her autobiographical show, What Girls Are Made Of, which is based on her teenage diaries. Also in the line-up is Underground Railroad Game, Ars Nova‘s exploration of race relations, and Headlong‘s Meek which examines state control in an unknown theocracy. Rounding out the programme is the Scottish premiere of Nigel Slater’s Toast, a Lowry production based upon the food writer’s memoirs. All will be in Traverse 1, with the Traverse 2 programme announced later.

Traverse Artistic Director, Orla O’Loughlin spoke of her excitement at the programme.

“This year we’ll be introducing some brand new companies to our festival audience, as well as welcoming back some firm Traverse favourites. And we are delighted to present three world premieres, one UK premiere and one Scottish premiere.

The programme includes some of the most exciting artists working in the UK and internationally and it’s an honour to invite them to blaze a trail on our main stage this August. I look forward to revealing the rest of our line-up come May. We have plenty more brilliant shows, events and experiences up our sleeve that I can’t wait to share.”

Tickets go on sale from tomorrow (Thu 22 Mar) via the theatre’s box office