FRINGE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING LIVE, FEBRUARY 2017

Even if you have seen the movie or read the book by Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting Live delivers punches felt all the more real in the intimate, purpose built space at Station Underground on Hindley Street.

Starting with a thumping rave scene, the adrenaline is kept at fever pitch throughout the 75 minute performance and doesn’t hold back.

With courageous and confronting performances by all cast members, Trainspotting Live tells the story of Mark Renton and his drug-addled friends’ lives in Scotland. The performers lay the ugly truth of addiction bare as they struggle with heroin, alcohol and whatever else they can get their hands on. Their rampant diatribes of their woes, although sometimes hard to grasp through the thick accents, give insight into the minds of those who stumble too far down the dark path of drugs.

For those familiar with Trainspotting, some of the film’s most infamous scenes are played out in sometimes uncomfortably close proximity. Yes, that does include “The Worst Toilet In Scotland”.

Almost no one is safe from audience interaction, but it’s that immersive quality of the show that kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat.

It made me laugh, get angry, disgusted and shocked but I loved every minute. Featuring nudity, frequent coarse language, drug use and violence, this isn’t a show for the prudish or the easily offended but it is one you should not miss.

Trainspotting Live is on at Station Underground for Adelaide Fringe now until March 19. Pick up your tickets HERE

5 stars

By Josh van’t Padje

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