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 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 2017

The Open Script Submissions will be open from 1 August until 30 September 2017. For more information and to read our submissions guidelines please visit our website.

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 2018.

'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

 

This year we will be opening our submissions window once more seeking bold, brilliant and innovative new plays.

As Scotland's only theatre wholly dedicated to new writing, we strive to discover, nurture and produce the brightest new voices across Scotland, the UK and Ireland.

Open Submissions connects us with new work and new writers; it is the first step of a creative and fruitful journey from page to stage.

We are open to new, innovative ideas, and we would like to hear from all writers with a bold and brilliant story to tell. A story that could only be told on the Traverse stages.

We particularly encourage submissions from voices and communities which are under-represented in theatre - both onstage and off.

Provoke us, entice us, move us and tell us your story. Come in, we are open.

Submissions will be open from 1 August to 30 September 2018.

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.

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.
  • short plays (scripts must be over 30 minutes in length).
  • 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 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 (Meet Me At Dawn by Zinnie Harris, How To Disappear by Morna Pearson, Gut by Frances Poet) 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, and 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 9 months. Unfortunately, our resources do not allow us to provide feedback to all writers. However, if, after reading your script, we find your voice particularly compelling, we will provide brief and, hopefully, useful feedback and may well invite you along to the Traverse for a cup of tea to get to know you and your work better.

In addition, this year we will also be selecting five of the most promising plays in order to develop them through in-house dramaturgy and round-table readings with professional actors. These development periods will happen throughout the year culminating in an Open Submissions Festival of script-in-hand readings, showcasing the best new plays to industry professionals and Traverse audiences alike.

Open Submissions is managed by the Traverse Artistic team. If you have any questions, please contact writing@traverse.co.uk.   

Supported by the Foyle Foundation

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, Producer: ruth.mcewan@traverse.co.uk .
Traverse Theatre