Scratch That! at the Traverse

6 November 2019
  • Photo by Beth Chalmers
Traverse Theatre
  • Wednesday 6 November 19:45-21:30
Booking information

Tickets are £3 and can be booked using the link below or through the Traverse box office by phone on 0131 228 1404 or in person.

There is a double bill offer of £6 (would be £9 to buy indiviudally) if you would like to attend Skye Lonergan's The Turmeric Trail reading on Saturday 9 November as part of the Traverse Theatre's First Stages Festival and the Imaginate Accelerator project.



Come and join Imaginate at the Traverse Theatre for Scratch That!, an evening of early-stage performance ideas for young audiences, presented in partnership with the Traverse.  

Rules (Upper PS)
Nicholas Barton-Wines & Callum Douglas

A schoolboy sits in class bored. He looks around the room for something to distract him. He opens his pencil case. It contains the perfect solution.

Rules is a playful discovery of dreaming, distraction, and daring to hold all your pencils with just your face. Through a wordless part-clowning, part-object manipulation performance we are celebrating the magic of curious minds trying to break free.

Nicholas Barton-Wines – Director/Co-creator
Callum Douglas – Performer/Co-creator

My Broken Finger, Your Broken Leg (14+)
Natalie Arle-Toyne/New Inck

A piece of tragi-comic gig theatre for 14 and up, this play looks at the adage, ‘my broken finger is the same as your broken leg’ - the idea that all pain is equal and valid when contextualised. But can we really equate the pain of a betrayal in a disintegrating friendship, with the struggles of a refugee who has seen horrors and arrives in a new country with nothing?  Is pain truly equal?  How do we navigate our own personal horrors in a world that is seemingly going to hell?                  

Writer - Natalie Arle-Toyne
Director - Sarah Rose Graber
Composer - Oğuz Kaplangi

Encounters Across the Tree of Life  (age 9 – 13)
Liam Rees

Ever felt like you’re alone in the world?  Octopi are the closest we will ever come to meeting an intelligent alien, our last common ancestor existed around 320 million years ago and we both developed intelligence independently. How they think? Do they also ask ‘what’s the meaning of life’? Do they get depressed?  How strange do humans look to an octopus? What if we’re not the smartest creatures on Earth?

Told with playful physical theatre and multimedia Encounters Across the Tree of Life is a journey into the mysteries of the ocean and the mind.

Director - Liam Rees
Performer - Afton Moran
Technician - Chris Armistead

Shō and the Demons of the Deep (age 6+)
Zoe Bullock/Shilpa T-Hyland

Shō and the Demons of the Deep is inspired by the picture book of the same name, by Annouchka Galouchko.  Shō has lived in a tenement flat above the Clyde all her life, plagued by nightmares that won’t leave her alone. She is not alone; across the city, people stuff their old nightmares into bottles and jars until they are bursting at the seams. One day Shō finds a new way to get rid of her nightmares, and everyone is delighted. But when a deadly cost to this new method raises its head, Shō must travel all the way down to the sea in order to save her city.

Writer – Zoe Bullock
Director - Shilpa T-Hyland
Designer - Christine Urquhart
Performers - tbc

Zoe is a current Imaginate Launchpad artist 

MONEY QUEEN (age 6+)
Mamoru Iriguchi

MONEY QUEEN’ (working title) is a drag show for children about currency. Donning a gigantic headdress that looks like a pound coin, Mamoru turns himself into Queen of Money to sing and dance about the world of pocket money.

Creator / Performer - Mamoru Iriguchi
Performers - Craig Manson and Annabel Cooper 

Imaginate Scratch That! events are for new performances ideas that are still in the very early stages of development. Each of the five pieces will be around ten minutes long, the performances will finish around 9.30pm followed by networking drinks in the Traverse Bar.

We would like all of our events and opportunities to be accessible to everyone and have a budget to support this including funding towards childcare.  If you would like to talk with us about how we can help please contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.