VISITING COMPANIES

If you are interested in being part of a specific Traverse season as a visiting company, you can fill in our on-line submission form here.

As well as producing our own shows, the Traverse presents a wide variety of new writing and new work from visiting companies who come to us from Scotland, the UK and beyond. You can see the kinds of work we programme in the 'What's On' section of our website http://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/  

We programme visiting company slots in the following seasons:

Autumn (running September to December)
Spring (running February to June)
Festival (running in August) as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe  

Every Traverse season is curated, and all submissions will be read by our programming team for consideration.

N.B. If the season you wish to be part of is not listed here, please contact Assistant Producer Ruth McEwan (ruth.mcewan@traverse.co.uk) - Do not fill out a form for the incorrect season.

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SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS

Open Script Submissions 2016

The Open Script Submissions window is now open for 2016. Scripts will be accepted until 30 September 2016. For more information and to read our submissions guidelines please visit our website, or read submission information below.

Words, Words, Words

Applications for Words, Words, Words are currently closed, and will reopen later in the year.

Keep an eye out on our website, for more information and details of next season's event which will be announced in late August.

Ends in 3 days, 12 hours

The Traverse has rich history of working with some of the most adventurous playwrights both in Scotland and around the world. We are always looking for brave new voices with challenging stories to tell so we are pleased to announce that we will be accepting Open Script Submissions from 1 August - 30 September 2016.

'As a new playwright the Traverse is a fantastic place to be. Every play was a new play once, every writer a new writer. I think the Traverse, perhaps more than anywhere, understands, nourishes and respects that.' - Ross Dunsmore
Last year a brilliant play called Milk by Ross Dunsmore arrived in the Traverse office, sent in during our open submissions window. We read it. We loved it. We developed it. This Festival we're producing it on the Traverse stage.

Now we want YOUR bold, brilliant, innovative new play. We want to know what you have to say about the world now - where we're going, what consumes us, what matters. 

Provoke us, entice us, move us and give us a story that could only be told on our stage.

W
e are always looking for new writers to engage in the many aspects of the Traverse community, Open Script Submissions allow us to become aware of writers whose work we may not otherwise know. We are also keen to read new plays by writers we may already have an existing relationship with.

We engage with writers in a number of ways throughout the year, from fellowships and attachments, readings, development sessions, scratch nights, workshops, commissions and full productions.

We will be accepting submissions from 1 August - 30 September 2016.


Guidelines

We cannot accept:

  • plays that have already been produced elsewhere.
  • adaptations, poems, novels, short stories, or television, film or radio scripts.
  • musicals, historical dramas or bio-plays.
  • more than one play per writer per year.
  • redrafts of previously submitted work, even if retitled.
  • plays by writers based outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

We know that powerful stories, exploring big ideas, work best on our stages. We look for stories with as much heart as head, for writers that have something new to say about the world today, or something new to say about theatre. 

Open Script Submissions introduce us to writers who are new to us, as well as encouraging submissions from those with whom we have an existing relationship. Please make sure you feel the play you submit best represents your work to date and familiarise yourself with some of our recent work (Swallow by Stef Smith, Quiz Show by Rob Drummond, Spoiling by John McCann) and, if you can, with our spaces: the expansive Traverse 1 and the intimate Traverse 2. 

To ensure an unbiased response to your play, all scripts received through Open Submissions are read anonymously. Please remove your name and contact details from the script itself. 

Please also check that your play is clearly formatted, with page numbers, cast list and potential cast doubling noted before sending it to us.


What happens next?

We receive hundreds of scripts each year and endeavour to provide a response to all plays within 6 months.  If, after reading your script, we find your voice particularly compelling, we will provide brief and, hopefully, useful feedback. 

Unfortunately, our resources do not allow us to provide feedback to all writers. Our priority has to be generating work for the Traverse.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the courage it takes to share your work with us and the time and effort it takes to write a play. Therefore, we thank you for your submission regardless of whether, after consideration, we feel it's suited to the Traverse or not.


The Open Script Submissions are managed by the whole Traverse Artistic team including Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin, Literary Associate Director Rosie Kellagher and Artistic Administrator Catherine Makin. If you have any questions please contact catherine.makin@traverse.co.uk 

Ends on November 1, 2016

If you are interested in being part of a specific Traverse season as a visiting company, you can fill in our on-line submission form here.

As well as producing our own shows, the Traverse presents a wide variety of new writing and new work from visiting companies who come to us from Scotland, the UK and beyond. You can see the kinds of work we programme in the 'What's On' section of our website. http://http//www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/

We programme visiting company slots in the following seasons:

Autumn (running September to December)
Spring (running February to June)
Festival (running in August) as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe  

All submissions go via a curatorial process with our programming team for consideration.

This form is to help us with our programming, and so please fill out as best you can, and where there are any unknown areas, please let us know when these might be confirmed. I.e. Co-producing billing or creative team and casting.

We will operate a box office split with visiting companies, and during the Festival season facility fees are also payable. 

If you have any questions, you can contact Ruth McEwan, Assistant Producer: ruth.mcewan@traverse.co.uk .
Ends on December 31, 2016

Traverse Festival 

Our carefully curated Festival programme reflects the Traverse’s place at the heart of our local, national and international community. It is always a privilege to showcase such an eclectic range of talent from both home and abroad. 

In 2016 the Traverse Festival season presented 10 world premieres, 4 Scottish and 1 European premiere.

Visiting companies come to us from Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond. We will normally seek to present premieres (Scottish, UK or world) where possible, and are unable to consider work which has played at the Edinburgh Festivals before. 

All submissions go via a curatorial process with our programming team for consideration.

This form is to help us with our programming, and so please fill out as best you can, and where there are any unknown areas, please let us know when these might be confirmed. I.e. Co-producing billing or creative team and casting.

We will operate a box office split with visiting companies, and during the Festival season facility fees are also payable. 

We recommend you complete this form by mid-December 2016 to be considered for the 2017 Festival season. 

If you have any questions, you can contact Ruth McEwan, Assistant Producer: ruth.mcewan@traverse.co.uk .