EDINBURGH FRINGE: Crocodile Fever at the Traverse Theatre EH1 2ED *****
Don’t let the image fool you.

There is no love lost between sisters Fianna and Alannah Devlin in Meghan Tyler’s explosive black comedy.

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.

Lisa Dwyer Hogg and Lucianne McEvoy are dynamite as the warring sisters who have only one thing in common – they both hate their father. And when Fianna returns home to celebrate his death, things occur which you could never, ever imagine – so once you’ve seen it (and you mustn’t miss it) don’t go telling people what happens! Oh, I forgot, it’s going to be a talking point! Well, just don’t give away the ending.

Fianna is a rebel, returning home after 11 years in jail for… well, that would be telling. And Dwyer Hogg is a force to be reckoned with, just like her character, crackling with energy, and both fierce and funny. Alannah, on the other hand, is a beige character who never left home. She’s pious - but don’t they say the quiet ones are the worst? – and it is plain to see why McEvoy won an award for best female performer in Ulster American. Her every move is studied and compelling, and she has a great comic timing.

Believe me, this production is a scream – you’ll be screaming with laughter and in terror!

Crocodile Fever is at the Traverse Theatre until Aug 25 at various times. Tickets £22 with concessions.
Box Office: 0131 228 1404/traverse.co.uk
Image: Lara Cappelli