Traverse is a form of catwalk – though in its purest form it does not have the stage and back wall area that a fashion catwalk has – the purest form of traverse is illustrated above.
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Traverse offers an intimate setting and has also been used to great effect in larger productions. For example in 1991 The Derby Playhouse Community Theatre mounted a large scale production based on the events on Christmas Day in the trenches of World War 2 in 1914. The German and British armies (composed of a cast of hundreds) faced each other across the stage.
Traverse is (not surprisingly) well suited to scenes of confrontation; however its catwalk feeling makes for dynamic fast paced entrances when called for.