Mother superior
We called him “Mother Superior” on account of the length of his habit.
Renton
Choose your future; choose life.
Begbie
Forty quid a ticket? no shy they British rail c***s
Tommy
Ah’ve goat the bevvyin under control, just pints, nae nips
Alison
They both look strangely beautiful in the candlelight.
Laura
Ah want you to take ma erse virginity.
Sick Boy
What wir waiting fir is another fuckin fix, a trip to see the Mother Superior
 

The Show

Based on the novel by
Irvine Welsh

Adapted by
Harry Gibson

Duration
75 minutes

Suitable for
Ages 16+

WARNING:
• Nudity
• Very strong language
• Violent & sexual nature
• Heavy drug/needle use

This punchy, 75 minute production recaptures the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackages it into an immersive production – the audience are literally part of the show, including the notorious “Worst Toilet in Scotland” scene.

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 fuckin junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pushing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total fuckin embarrassment tae the selfish, fucked-up brats ye’ve produced.
Choose life.

Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. 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 Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humour of the piece.

This no-holds-barred immersive, in-yer-face theatre production left Irvine Welsh feeling “blown away” – for avid fans this is a must, and if you’ve never read the book or seen the film: this is your ticket to a ride you won’t soon forget.

★★★★★
Seventy-five of the most intense, funny, and moving minutes of theatre I have ever experienced.
Box Dust
★★★★★
The best piece of theatre I have ever seen.
LDN Card
★★★★★
Unapologetic, brutal, a masterpiece…. these guys will give Punchdrunk a run for their money.
Remotegoat
★★★★★
Do not miss this hidden gem.
Plays To See

 

The Team

The Cast

  • Gavin Ross

    Renton
  • Chris Dennis

    Begbie
  • Greg Esplin

    Tommy
  • Erin Marshall

    Alison/Ensemble
  • Calum Barbour

    Mother Superior
  • Rachael Anderson

    Laura/Ensemble
  • Michael Lockerbie

    Sick Boy

The Creative Team

  • Adam Spreadbury-Maher

    Director
  • Clancy Flynn

    Lighting Designer
  • Seabright Productions

    Producer
  • King’s Head Theatre

    Original Producer
  • In Your Face Theatre

    Original Producer

Michael Lockerbie

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Michael Lockerbie

Sick Boy

Michael is a Scottish actor born and raised in Edinburgh. He became a member of the National Youth Theatre in 2011 and performed on Southbank with Watch This Space. He studied Acting & Performance at Edinburgh’s Telford College before moving to London to complete his training at Rose Bruford College. He most recently finished playing Billy McCormack in Che Walker’s production of The Cane at the Bargehouse in London. He is the most recent cast member to join Trainspotting and is incredibly excited to help continue the success and revolution of the show.

Adam Spreadbury-Maher

Adam Spreadbury-Maher

Director

Adam is an award-winning director and producer. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Cock Tavern Theatre, OperaUpClose and the Hope Theatre. In 2009 her produced La bohème at the Cock Tavern and Soho Theatres, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Opera. Directing highlights: Trainspotting (King’s Head/UK tour); Strangers in Between, A Tale of Two Cities adapted by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud (King’s Head/Australia); Dead Party Animals (Hope); Louis Nowra’s Cosi and Daniel Reitz’s Studies for a Portrait (White Bear, Oval House & King’s Head); Peter Gill’s The York Realist and The Sleepers Den (Riverside Studios); Hannie Rayson’s Hotel Sorrento and a new play by Edward Bond, There Will Be More (Cock Tavern); and in Australia Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing and Joe Orton’s Loot. For OperaUpClose he directed Tosca (West End/King’s Head/UK and Sweden national tour), Ballo (A Masked Ball) and Madam Butterfly (King’s Head). Producing highlights: Jack Hibberd’s A Stretch of the Imagination, the hit musical Pins and Needles, and the landmark six-play Edward Bond retrospective (Cock Tavern); The Coronation of Poppea, Shock Treatment and Someone to Blame (King’s Head); and Don Giovanni (Soho). In 2010 Adam became Artistic Director of the King’s Head and won Best Artistic Director in the Fringe Report Awards. In 2011 he was nominated for Best Director in the Off-West End Awards.

King’s Head Theatre

The King’s Head Theatre

Original Producer

The King’s Head Theatre is London’s first and foremost pub theatre and is led by Artistic Director, Adam Spreadbury-Maher. New writing, revivals, musicals, opera, cabaret and queer work sit side by side in an unashamedly eclectic programme of work. Thanks to an in-house agreement with Equity, we’re leading the way when it comes to ethical employment on the fringe whilst our resident trainee director’s scheme continues to provide comprehensive, vocational training to the rising stars of tomorrow. With high profile co-productions, national touring and transfers to and from the biggest arts festivals in the world, we’re certainly not slowing down!

In Your Face Theatre

In Your Face Theatre

Original Producer

In Your Face Theatre are a Scottish immersive theatre company founded by Greg Esplin in 2012. They work on the belief that theatre should never be boring and that the possibilities within theatre are boundless until proven otherwise. The opportunity to use audience to drive and be a part of a story – something which tv and film cannot – allows for organic performances that must always be changing and growing. Theatre has to – and should – be for everybody. In Your Face Theatre’s first piece was Jimmy Boyles true story The Hard Man written by Tom McGrath. An immersive piece set in a pub and after five star reviews and a sold out run the same group of actors decided to embark on their next journey – Trainspotting.

Seabright Productions

Seabright Productions

Producer

Company founder James Seabright has produced and/or general managed over 200 shows since 2001, with an emphasis on touring shows around the UK and internationally, as well as productions in various venues both on and off West End in London. Recent London credits include The Boys In The Band (Park Theatre 2016), Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (Apollo & Lyric, Olivier Award 2016), Shakespeare Untold (Shakespeare’s Globe & Wilton’s Music Hall), The Remains Of Tom Lehrer (Performed by Adam Kay) (Ambassadors & St James), Boris: World King (Trafalgar), Dinosaur Park – The Jurassic Parody (St James), Eric and Little Ern (Vaudeville, Olivier Award Nomination), The Man Jesus starring Simon Callow (Lyric), Potted Potter (Garrick, Olivier Award Nomination), The Only Way Is Downton (Trafalgar and UK/US tour), The Lion (St James, Off West End and Drama Desk awards) and Our Boys (Duchess). He has also produced extensively at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour internationally. James’ book So You Want To Be A Theatre Producer is published by Nick Hern Books.

Creative Five

Creative Five

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Clancy Flynn

Clancy Flynn

Lighting Designer

Clancy is a theatre designer and technician based in London. A New York native, she studied theatre at Trinity College Dublin before coming to the UK. Previous lighting credits include: Piece of Silk and Victorian and Gay (Hope Theatre),  Portia (Theatre 503), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Pleasance), The Awkward GhostThe Signal-ManBest Served Cold, and Valkyrie  (The Vaults), Fire Burn (international tour), Dorian Gray(King’s Head Theatre), Click (Ophelia Theatre), and Little Red Riding Hood (Gaiety Theatre and Swansea Grand).

Jessica Innes

Jessica Innes

June/Ensemble

Jessica has been a Company Actor with In Your Face Theatre since 2014. She started 2016 as Compere of Alan McGee’s Creation Sessions’ Scotland Edinburgh gig – headlined by 70s Punk band The Rezillos. In 2015, she was cast as the lead in a short film, Roadrunner. In 2015, she resigned as a full time actress at the Edinburgh Dungeon to perform Trainspotting at the King’s Head Theatre in March and at the Assembly Underground at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In June she was cast alongside Comedian Keara Murphy at the Leith Festival with a stage adaptation of Radio 4’s Dark Comedy Mistress MacKenzie

Calum Barbour

Calum Barbour

Mother Superior

Calum is thrilled to be involved in Trainspotting’s national tour. This is the third year in which he has taken the part of Mother Superior. He is also recognized for the lead role of Campbell in Leitheatre’s production of Takin’ Over The Asylum, in which he was described by All Edinburgh Theatre as ‘both hugely watchable and completely believable.’ Calum has recently appeared in several. Calum has a BA in Acting for Stage and Screen from Edinburgh’s Napier University.

Erin Marshall

Erin Marshall

Alison/Ensemble

Erin attended RCS for six years, which took her to the Olivier Theatre, London. At Reid Kerr College, Paisley, she gained her HND in Acting and Performance. While there, playing Ophelia in Hamlet was one of her defining moments. She is a versatile actress who has worked with ThickSkin Theatre Company and is now enjoying her exciting and immersive role as Alison in Trainspotting. She is also looking forward expanding her repertoire by starting work on two new feature films in 2015.

Greg Esplin

Greg Esplin

Tommy

Greg Esplin is a 23 year old Scottish actor represented by Samantha How of Simon&How agency. He is also the Artistic Director of In Your Face Theatre. Being part of Trainspotting has been like a dream job and he hopes that you enjoy the performance half as much as he enjoys it.

Chris Dennis

CHRIS DENNIS

Begbie

Chris is a young and rowdy actor with growing experience in the industry. He has been working with In Your Face Theatre since their premier production of The Hard Man at the fringe and a Scottish tour playing Renfrew, a corrupt police warden with a taste for violence. This trend continued when he was cast as Francis Begbie in Trainspotting back in 2013 and after near 200 performances over four different venues, the psychotic madman is his favourite part to date. Just out of pantomime season he was the unlikely hero to save the princess in Sleeping Beauty at Cumbernauld Theatre but is very much looking forward to work with this much loved cast and crew to get his aggro back.

Gavin Ross

Gavin Ross

Renton

Gavin has been a company actor with In Your Face Theatre since its creation in 2013 and after impressing with his performance as Big Danny in The Hard Man he was then offered the role of Mark Renton in Trainspotting. A massive fan of Irvine Welsh, Gavin is humbled to once again be reprising his role in 2016. The 23-year-old Edinburgh native is also honoured to be sharing the stage with his “Trainspotting Family”, a group of incredible actors, directors and his best friends, most of which he has known from his days at Edinburgh’s Telford College where they all studied Acting together. Trainspotting has had such a huge impact on his life and he feels blessed to have been a part of it.

Rachael Anderson

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Rachael Anderson

Laura/Ensemble

Rachael is from the town of Peebles in the Scottish Borders. She is currently finishing her MA in Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before going on tour with Trainspotting and can also be seen in ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Confessions of a Justified Songwriter’ with Assembly this Fringe. Other theatre credits include: Swinging Into Christmas (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), Caledonia USA; Tales from The Secret Annex (workshop RCS), Trainspotting (The Kings Head Theatre/In Your Face Theatre), Trainspotting (The Kings Head Theatre/Assembly Edinburgh Fringe), RENT (EdFootlights), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (EUSOG) and Playground Platoon (Black Dingo Productions). Rachael also worked as the Head Actor in immersive tours at The Edinburgh Dungeon.

 

Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    Seventy-five of the most intense, funny, and moving minutes of theatre I have ever experienced.
    Box Dust
  • ★★★★★
    The best piece of theatre I have ever seen.
    LDN Card
  • ★★★★★
    Unapologetic, brutal production, a masterpiece….these guys will give Punchdrunk a run for their money.Remotegoat
  • ★★★★★
    Do not miss this hidden gem.
    Plays To See
  • ★★★★★
    Horrific, disgusting, highly visceral and probably downright offensive show – but that’s what makes it so damn good…
    Views From the Gods
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    Edinburgh Evening News
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    All Edinburgh Theatre
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    Public Reviews
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    Scotsgay Fringe
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    London theatre 1
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    Plays To See
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    Remote Goat
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    UK Theatre Web
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    Londonist
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    London City Nights
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    West End Wilma
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    Stage Seen
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    The Theatre Tourist
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    Grumpy Gay Critic
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    Islington Gazette
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    British Theatre
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    The Angry Microwave
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    Edfest Magazine
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    Broadway Baby
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    The Stage
 
 

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Trainspotting Live is now on a world tour!

Australia Tour …

ADELAIDE 17 Feb – 19 Mar

MELBOURNE 22 Mar – 13 Apr

BRISBANE 19 – 22 Apr

UK Tour … (if not linked, tickets not yet on sale)

WESTON SUPER MARE Theatre Orchard 2 – 5 May

LONDON artsdepot 9 – 13 May

BRIGHTON Fringe 16 – 21 May

BELFAST mac 24 – 27 May

LANCASTER Dukes 1- 3 June

SALFORD QUAYS The Lowry 6 – 10 June

OXFORD Old Fire Station 13 – 17 June

LEICESTER Venue TBA 20 – 24 June

SHEFFIELD Leadmill 27 June – 1 July

FALKIRK Town Hall 4 – 7 July

PRESTON Venue TBA 25 – 28 July

EDINBURGH Fringe – Venue TBA 2 – 27 August

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