UK production of Trainspotting to open at Fortyfivedownstairs 22 March – 13 April 2017



Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, adapted by Harry Gibson Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher

Tickets on sale on Tuesday 29 November Sex, drugs and 80s trance. Trainspotting Live will immerse you into Irvine Welsh’s drug fuelled modern classic as it bursts into life at Fortyfivedownstairs in March 2017

Following sold out and extended seasons in the United Kingdom, Andrew Kay and Associates present the King’s Head Theatre and an In Your Face production of Irvine Welsh’s cult, generation-defining novel Trainspotting.

This adrenalin filled production recaptures the controversy of the famous novel and globally successful film, and repackages it into a totally immersive production to portray the underground drug scene in a smacked-out Edinburgh. Kicking off with a rave complete with strobe lighting and glow-sticks, audiences are given a no-holds-barred, close-up view of the lives of Renton, Begbie and Sickboy as they are thrown head first into a world of hedonism and the bleak reality of heroin addiction.

“I was shocked… and I wrote the f*cking thing!” Irvine Welsh Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting on a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f*ckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pushing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f*ckin embarrassment tae the selfish, f*cked-up brats ye’ve produced. Choose life. Harry Gibson’s original stage adaptation, written before it became the famous blockbuster film, was instantly successful and controversial, and won the Sunday Times Award for Best New Play.

For this 21st anniversary production, In Your Face Theatre’s have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humour of the piece. This all Scottish cast features Rachael Anderson (June), Chris Dennis (Begbie), Calum Barbour (Mother Superior), Greg Esplin (Tommy), Michael Lockerbie (Sickboy), Erin Marshall (Alison) and Gavin Ross (Renton).

Director Adam Spreadbury Maher was born in Australia and now lives in London. He is the Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre in Islington and founding Artistic Director of OperaUpClose.

Previous directing work includes: A Tale of Two Cities (King’s Head & Australia), Dead Party Animals (Hope Theatre), Studies For A Portrait (White Bear), The York Realist and The Sleepers Den (Riverside Studios), Hannie Rayson’s Hotel Sorrento And in Australia Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing and Joe Orton’s Loot.

“Brutally honest, unfiltered, heart wrenching, this production will make you uncomfortable, in the best of ways.” Edinburgh Evening news ★★★★★

“Trainspotting’ offers some of the most arresting, exhilarating theatre you’ll probably see in years.” Three Weeks★★★★★

WARNING: Aged 16+, contains scenes of nudity, drug use, violence of a sexual nature, claustrophobia and very strong language. Please note that the show delivers an entirely immersive experience, please dress appropriately and do not wear your best clothes.


Wed 22 Mar – Thu 13 Apr

Preview: Wed 22 Mar Venue: Fortyfivedonwtairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Times: Tue 7.30pm, Wed – Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 7.30pm & 9.30pm, Sun 4pm & 6pm Price: $59-$69

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