Best small theatre in Edinburgh

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PERFECT little venues


ST BRIDE'S CENTRE, 10 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, 0131-346 1405 St Bride's Centre has an atmosphere that makes a show intimate, but memorable.

As a converted church it has fabulous stonework and features you don't get in other purpose-built theatres, but also a large and flexible performing space that can be adapted to a wide range of uses. St Bride's is a community centre and also produces non-theatre work (live music, dance, film, workshops) and doubles as the Acoustic Music Centre during the Fringe.

The centre also contains a caf bar with toddlers' play area, dance studio and meeting room.

TRAVERSE 2 @ THE TRAVERSE THEATRE, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, 0131-228 1404 We have both seen many great pieces of new theatre here.

This is the perfect informal setting for 100 people on step-style seating. If you want to feel part of the event, to be free to comment and participate, then Traverse 2 is ideal. It has a really relaxed atmosphere, ideal for small, intimate theatre or for a more straightforward talk or slide show.

The Traverse has acquired an enviable reputation for producing new theatre of the highest quality, commissioning and supporting writers from Scotland and around the world for the last 45 years and it's a great venue for aspiring artists, writers and performers.

NETHERBOW & THE SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, 0131-556 9579 www.scottishstorytellingcentre.

The Netherbow and Scottish Storytelling Centre produces a lot for children and community theatre. It is comfortable, small and intimate with a great cafe to get your interval coffee from. The 99-seat Netherbow theatre has raked seating, timber lining, daylight or blackout modes, high specification lighting, projection and amplification. The small but comfortable space is well lit and ideal for small-scale, small-cost theatre, literary events, and conferences.

THEATRE WORKSHOP, 34 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, 0131-226 5425 We would commend the Theatre Workshop for being a non-commercial theatre promoting access and education. It became the first professional producing theatre in Europe to include disabled actors into its main house production season and has continued to do so since. It aims to produce theatre that is well crafted, moving, challenging, beautiful, accessible and honest. It also has a fantastic caf!

ROXY ART HOUSE, Lady Glenorchy's Church, 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, 0871 750 0077 One place we would not want to miss off the list is The Roxy Art House. It has a great creative space that is fab for contemporary theatre, with four performance spaces and a cafe-bar.

A monumental building in the centre of Edinburgh's Old Town, it has live music events throughout the week and a constantly changing schedule.

It has huge potential as a vibrant arts venue and it would be a shame to see this go to waste.

&#149 Moray Nairn and Susie Dumbreck are producers of the Melodramatics. The Melodramatics' Kiss of the Spider Woman is on at St Bride's Theatre, 12-16 May. For more information, please go to