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Summerhall announces 2019 Edinburgh Fringe line-up

The venue has announced shows from 13 countries as part of the festival

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Summerhall has announced its 2019 Edinburgh Festival programme, seeing new and returning artists performing across the month of August.

Cardboard Citizens will return to the Fringe with Bystanders, highlighting the life and death of homeless people, while LUNG, creators of the award-winning Trojan Horse will return with Who Cares, about the failures in the UK care system.

Anoushka Warden's hit monologue My Mum's A Tw*t, which first premiered at the Royal Court, will come to the venue in a new version directed by Debbie Hannan. Maximo Park's Paul Smith will make his Fringe debut with Unfolding Theatre's Hold On Let Go, while Ridiculusmus will come to the Edinburgh Fringe for the final time to stage their London hit Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!. Trevor Lock will deconstruct stand-up in Community Circle, while Forced Entertainment will present Tim Etchells' To Move In Time starring Tyrone Huggins, about someone who moves in time.

Ahmed El-Attar, who was unable to perform at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe due to visa issues, will come to the Festival with new theatre production Before the Revolution, about the sentiments surrounding the Egyptian Revolution. Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair's Square Go will return to the Fringe, while Olivier Award-nominee Caroline Horton's All of Me asks what happens when people embrace darkness in life.

Jo Fong and Sonia Hughes will spark conversations with the audience in the Summerhall Courtyard in Neither Here Nor There, while Rachael Young will present two shows – live musical performance NIGHTCLUBBING and OUT alongside marikiscrycrycry, challenging homophobia and transphobia.

Cumbernauld Theatre will return with LipSync after 2017 hit The Gardener, while National Theatre Wales will chart the story of a woman travelling from Ireland to Wales to have an abortion in Cotton Fingers. Sarah-Jane will explore the expectations placed on Irish women to marry in Appropriate.

Ellie Keel Productions will mount Where To Belong, about a Jewish-Lebanese and Brazilian gay man who returns to Sao Paulo. Chris Goode and Company will take the story of River Phoenix as inspiration in Narcolepsy, while Sh!t Theatre and Emma Frankland return with new shows, Drink Rum with Ex-Pats and Hearty respectively. Volcano Theatre Company will throw a dance party in The populars.

Ursula Martinez and Laura Murphy will collaborate on Contra, while Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas will bring two shows to Summerhall – ONE, the final part of their trilogy of shows about personal and political power, as well as THE END, a new play. Jonny Donahoe, who starred in Every Brilliant Thing, will return with his first solo show in five years Forgiveness, while Shasha and Taylor Productions will use circus to explore mother-daughter relationships through circus in Everything I See I Swallow.

British Council Edinburgh Showcase shows at Summerhall include Deaf artist Jonny Cotsen's Louder Is Not Always Clearer, Rosanna Cade and Ivor MacAskill's Moot Moot, Extremely Pedestrian Chorales by Karl Jay-Lewin and Matteo Fargion, Ellie Dubois' Like Animals and Rachel Mars with Your Sexts are Sh*t.

Zanetti Productions will return to the Fringe with My Best Dead Friend, while Avalon and BBC Arts will use the Burke and Hare story to explore death in Resurrecting Bobby Awl.

Climate activists and disruptors Extinction Rebellion (XR) will take over two spaces at the festival, aiming to highlight how the arts can be vital in changing sentiment about climate change through performance, visual art, films and documentaries.