Crocodile Fever

World premiere | Traverse Theatre Company in association with Lyric Theatre, Belfast By Meghan Tyler
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Northern Ireland, 1989. A farmhouse window smashes, and rebellious Fianna Devlin crashes back into the life of her pious sister Alannah.

Together in the unlovely family home for the first time in years following the death of their tyrannical father, the sisters are back at each other’s throats in seconds. And when Fianna discovers that the old reptile is in fact still very much alive, all hell breaks loose as they confront his hideous legacy.

Fuelled by Taytos, gin, 80s anthems and a chainsaw, it’s the Devlin sisters versus the world. It can’t end happily, but it can end gloriously.

Like Thelma and Louise’s punk daughter, Meghan Tyler’s surreal Crocodile Fever is a grotesque black comedy celebrating sisterhood whilst reminding us that the pressure cooker of The Troubles is closer than we imagine.

Directed by the Traverse Theatre’s award-winning Gareth Nicholls (Ulster American, Letters to Morrissey).

Part of the Made in Scotland 2019 showcase.

Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council, developed with the support of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast with additional support from The JMK Trust.

Image by Lara Cappelli

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  • WriterMeghan Tyler
  • DirectorGareth Nicholls (he/him)
  • Set & Costume DesignerGrace Smart
  • Lighting DesignerSimon Wilkinson
  • Composer & Sound DesignerMichael John McCarthy
  • Puppet Designer & DirectorRachael Canning
  • Fight DirectorEmmaClaire Brightlyn
  • Casting DirectorClare Gault
  • Assistant Director (Leverhulme Arts Scholar and recipient of the JMK regional bursary funded by the Leverhulme Trust Arts Scholarships Fund)Shilpa T-Hyland
  • Lisa Dwyer Hogg


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  • Sean Kearns


  • Lucianne McEvoy


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