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Traverse Theatre announces full 2019 Edinburgh Festival programme

The season features a host of world premieres

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The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh has announced its full programme for this year's Festival, comprising of 13 productions including seven in-house productions and five world premieres.

Crocodile Fever by Meghan Tyler is a blackly comedic family drama set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and is directed by interim artistic director Gareth Nicholls, with a cast including Bhav Joshi, Sean Kearns, Lisa Dwyer Hogg, Lucianne McEvoy.

Stef Smith's Enough will be directed by Bryony Shanahan and is described as a 'fragmentary and intense journey into female friendship'. How Not To Drown by Nicola McCartney and Dritan Kastrati is a true story about Kastrati's journey to find asylum in the UK, featuring a diverse cast of five – including Kastrati himself.

Orla O'Loughlin's acclaimed productions of Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley and What Girls Are Made Of by Cora Bissett return following sold out runs at the theatre last year.

Breakfast Plays: The Future Is […] will feature four new plays from Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, Erin McGee, Eve Nicol and Diane Stewart. The pieces will tackle topics exploring where we are and where we might be headed next – politically, socially, culturally.

Javaad Alipoor will direct his piece, created with Kirsty Housley – Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran – inspired by the stories of rich/poor division that exist across the world.

Work from visiting companies includes the Scottish premiere of Travis Alabanza's Burgerz presented by Hackney Showroom. Battersea Arts Centre's Beatbox Academy presents their part gig, part theatre production of Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster.

Gina Moxley directs the UK premiere of Timmy Creed's Spliced, a multi-disciplinary, site-specific show performed off-site on a squash court at Edinburgh Sports Club. Elsewhere, Moxley will be joined on stage by Liv O'Donoghue and Jane Deasy for a mash up of re-enactment, real footage, lived experience and a punk gig in The Patient Gloria.

David Edgar's autobiographical one-man play Trying It On receives its Scottish premiere, directed by Christopher Haydon. It reflects on the year 1968 – the Paris student revolt, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech, and the ongoing war in Vietnam.

Finally, Pulitzer Prize nominee Dael Orlandersmith's new piece Until The Flood, is inspired by the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.