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Edinburgh’s Traverse unveils 2015 fringe programme

Rough Magic's How to Keep an Alien is part of the Traverse's fringe season. Photo: Anthony Woods
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Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre will feature the European premiere of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians among its 20-strong programme for this year’s fringe.

The Gate Theatre production, helmed by the Gate’s artistic director Christopher Haydon, stars William Gaminara, Jaye Griffiths and Lucy Ellinson. It will transfer to London in the autumn.

It joins the 10th anniversary revival of Tim Crouch’s An Oak Tree in the theatre’s main house. Performed by Crouch, the two-hander features a different second actor at every performance – who will have not see or read the play.

The previously announced Made in Scotland and British Council showcases feature heavily in the programme, with eight productions, as well as the NTS’s recently announced Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour.

Australian company One Step at a Time Like This will also premiere its new work, Forever Young. Taking place off-site, individual audience members will be taken on a “foolhardy outdoor adventure with a teenage accomplice”.

Elsewhere, the Traverse Theatre Company is reviving Crash by Andy Duffy, nominated for the best new play award at this year’s CATS, which stars Jamie Michie.

Two Irish companies are also featured in the programme. Dublin’s Corn Exchange brings A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, adapted and directed by Annie Ryan from Eimear McBride’s original novel, and Rough Magic presents the UK premiere of Sonya Kelly’s How to Keep an Alien.

Introducing her fourth fringe programme as the Traverse artistic director, Orla O’Loughlin said: “We have a bold and dynamic programme that once again marks the Traverse festival out as the home of compelling, contemporary drama.”

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