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Trainspotting (In Your Face & King’s Head Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 11 August 2015


This is a bold, brave and hard-hitting adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s cult novel about drug addiction. Situated in a unique theatre venue with the action taking place all around, this immersive piece is a long way from a traditional performance – the intensity only magnified by an almost claustrophobic atmosphere. The cast are absolutely fearless in their delivery; from the opening monologue to that infamous toilet scene and beyond, they portray the darker side of Edinburgh all its gruesome detail. There are times when it’s all wonderfully awkward, but the fact they shy away from nothing makes this show stand out as theatre of the highest calibre. Just don’t take anyone too sensitive.

Assembly George Square Studios, until 31 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Stephanie Gray]