Crocodile Fever

Theatre (new writing, drama)

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  • Traverse Theatre - Traverse 1
  • 10:00
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Traverse Theatre Company in association with Lyric Theatre, Belfast
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of Violence, Strong Language/Swearing, Scenes of Sexual Violence, Strobe Lighting, Loud Noises
  • Accessibility:
    Audio Described
    Signed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

Northern Ireland, 1989. Rebellious Fianna Devlin crashes back into the life of her pious sister Alannah. Together for the first time in years, they are back at each other's throats in seconds. And when they are forced to confront their tyrannical father's hideous legacy, all hell breaks loose. Fuelled by Taytos, gin, 80s tunes and a chainsaw, it's the Devlin sisters versus the world. Like Thelma and Louise's punk daughter, Meghan Tyler's surreal new play is a grotesque, black comedy celebrating sisterhood whilst reminding us that the pressure cooker of The Troubles is closer than we imagine. www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com

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General venue access

  • Audio Described
    Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Traverse 1 has a steep rake so if you have any access requirements, there is level access into the building via lift. Duty Manager will show customers into the theatre to their seat/space. If not taking the lift there are 29 steep steps from the bar Bar to Stage Level of Traverse 1.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info


Signed performances

  • Dates: 17 August
  • Interpreter: Nicolle Murdoch - Not Selected
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

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Audio described performances

  • Dates: 20 August
  • Type: Unit with headset
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

How and when to make an access booking

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Stephen Keane 66 days ago

Yes, go to see it- a FRINGE play with some scenery!!!. Two main actors amazing when so much of play was 'one on one'. Maybe lost it's way a bit in last 1/2 hour, but if asked, YES GO TO SEE.

Julie Phillips 67 days ago

Dark humour. So well delivered. Very entertaining show

Nick Hunn 68 days ago

Martin McDonagh meets Little Shop of Horrors. Definitely the chompiest show on the Fringe.

Eddie 70 days ago

This is so much like one of Martin McDonagh's Northern Ireland-set seems-normal-then-becomes-satirical-violent-grossout plays that it loses originality points. But it's funny, unexpected, overflowing with punk attitude and well-performed. One of the funniest moments I've had this year was the attempt to identify what one sister has called "that period film" - "You mean a historical drama?" - "No, it's called Carrie".

Wild Catholic sister returns home to visit staid Catholic sister in 1980s Ulster, believing their villainous old father to have recently kicked the bucket. But when the British Paras, um, arranged for him to fall downstairs, they didn't finish the job and he's paralysed offstage, banging on the floor while his daughters work up to wreaking some medieval feminine payback.

The play transitions from realistic to Tarantino to absurdist, with a couple of the set-piece surprises really spinning your head. But the character development strand, social comment strand, horror/revenge section and final nightmare sequence all feel half-finished, or half-satisfying. The genre shifts don't quite work, although you can imagine how they could.

Caroline 73 days ago

An amazing show. Very dark, very funny. Not overly convinced by the ending but if you’re a fan of surrealism, you’ll love it. 4/5

Kate Gaul 75 days ago

Crocodile Fever – Lyric Theatre, Belfast in assoc with Traverse Theatre (Ireland)
Meghan Tyler's play opens with a woman obsessively cleaning her perfect, pink kitchen until every surface gleams. It ends in a bloodbath, with the room wrecked and an unbelievable, fantasy creature stalking the stage. In the arc between those two points, Tyler creates a wild roller-coaster ride. Underpinning the action is female rage. "These young women have been pushed to the edge, and the heart of the play shudders with the terrible hurt of adolescent years. In a sense, it's #MeToo for the pre- internet generation, when horror and evil wasn't just limited to digital nasties" . 4 cheese remnants and a stiff whiskey.

Lewis Evans 78 days ago

SEE THIS SHOW.

This was the best show I have seen at the fringe out of 22 shows.

Great acting, a good idea and a sprinkling of weird.

Cannot recommend this more highly. My favour show of the fringe and in the wife's top 3.

Wife rating 9 out of 10
I rated it 9.5 out of 10


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The Play's the Thing UK 55 days ago

It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, but the show’s simultaneous skewering of the patriarchy, the Church, the Army, and conflict and oppression in general, is exhilarating and empowering, and defies even the most easily offended not to leap from their seats in support of the wild Devlin women. Absolute carnage, and absolutely not to be missed.

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Deadline News (4/5 stars) 67 days ago

WITH a visual colour scheme which is as aggressively pink as the writing is, well, just aggressive, Crocodile Fever is a blacker-than-black comedy which scoops you up in its jaws and refuses to let go.

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The Herald [paywall] (4/5 stars) 68 days ago

The heat is on in Meghan Tyler’s wild new play, set during the late 1980s Northern Irish Troubles. Here, Alannah gets by foraging on Tayto crisps and illicit fags inbetween tending to her ailing Da’ upstairs. When her free-spirited sister Fianna roars in the front door after a three-year absence,...

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Life as Theatre (4/5 stars) 68 days ago

Only in Edinburgh could you stumble into a 10 am show and be confronted with bodily mutilation, paedophilia and enough artery spray to make Tarrantino proud. Who needs that double espresso shot when shows like Meghan Taylor’s Crocodile Fever exist?

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Mind the Blog (4/5 stars) 68 days ago

" A bloody & brutal celebration of sisterhood, set against a violent backdrop with some cracking tunes – Lucianne McEvoy & Lisa Dwyer Hogg are on great form."

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 69 days ago

The setting is a Catholic farmhouse in south Armagh. It’s the height of the Troubles and we are watching a young woman, in an outfit that is beyond frumpy, cleaning the stove with a toothbrush. The kitchen is pink and perfect. You just know it’s going to be a mess...

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To Do List (5/5 stars) 71 days ago

A must-see, blood-soaked, woman-fronted shock-horror-comedy!Northern Ireland nearly gets its own Texas Chainsaw Massacre in this biting tale of the horrors of sisterhood and family values. Meghan Tyler has a hit on her hands with this Lizzie Borden-esque tale of the Devlin sisters’ sibling squabbles and whether revenge ever does pay.Sublime...

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (5/5 stars) 72 days ago

South Armagh, 1989, and there’s a bloody conflict raging across Ulster. The Troubles, though, feel like small fry compared to the war that’s consuming the Devlin household, where dark secrets have been festering for years. That might not sound like promising...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 73 days ago

It turns out Killing Eve was not just a blip. Our appetite for watching women wreak violence on men has not yet been satisfied. Just as the TV series captured the nation’s imagination with the high-definition escapades of a female contract killer enacting merciless attacks on her male targets, so...

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UK Theatre Network (5/5 stars) 73 days ago

"Crocodile Fever is the most insane production ever. Think Quentin Tarantino crossed with the craziest of comedies. It’s the bloodiest, most violent, and funniest production I think I have seen. And in the hands of the Traverse’s award-winning Gareth Nicholls, director of Ulster American, it’s set to be the talking point of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe."

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Miro Magazine (5/5 stars) 73 days ago

Martin McDonagh’s influence is rife in Crocodile Fever.

But this is by no means The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

This is much, much more. This is genre-defining.

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The Skinny (5/5 stars) 74 days ago

To be blunt, Crocodile Fever is a smack in the face in all of the best ways possible. Dark, hilarious, violent, gruesome, wholesome and a clusterfuck of religious iconography and blasphemy – and you have to get behind every second. It's a story of sisterhood; a portrayal of a timeless bond that has stood...

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Whats On Stage (3/5 stars) 75 days ago

Meghan Tyler's play opens with a woman obsessively cleaning her perfect, pink kitchen until every surface gleams. It ends in a bloodbath, with the room wrecked and an unbelievable, fantasy creature stalking the stage. In the arc between those two points, Tyler creates a wild roller-coaster ride. Crocodile Fever, presented...

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Exeunt 75 days ago

The kitchen-diner is spotless. A beatific portrait of a woman hangs on a chimney breast, bedecked with crucifixes. Pink curtains frame the stage in a pastel proscenium arch. Alannah Devlin, old beyond her years, in a pink shirt and skirt and yellow rubber gloves, painstakingly cleans the stove with a...

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The List (4/5 stars) 76 days ago

Snapping at the jaws of the patriarchy...

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The Stage [paywall] (4/5 stars) 77 days ago

Meghan Tyler’s Crocodile Fever is a play of gleeful excess. Set in south Armagh in 1989, it’s a wickedly twisted tale of two sisters who turn the tables on their abusive father; a gruesome and cartoonish inverted fairytale in which the girls get to slay the wolf and take pleasure...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 77 days ago

Alannah Devlin is dressed in the same oppressive shade of pink as her kitchen, hair scraped back into an efficient bun and a toothbrush in hand to clean the already spotless sink. However, when she reaches for her shame cigarettes and inhales half a packet of what she later calls...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 79 days ago

As the audience files in to Traverse 1, we are greeted by a delightfully upbeat 80s pop soundtrack, with the sounds of Cyndi Lauper and Bonnie Tyler palpably enlivening the crowd. It soon becomes clear that this galvanising welcome has been well thought-out: what we’re about to experience requires a...

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