45DS TrainspottingFollowing 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 drug fuelled modern classic and generation-defining novel, Trainspotting, bursts into life at fortyfivedownstairs, before heading to the Brisbane Powerhouse.

Sex, drugs and 80s trance. 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.

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 Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humour of the piece.

“powerful, painful, hilariously foul-mouthed and sometimes terrifying’”– Adelaide Review

Directors: Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Featuring: Rachael Anderson, Calum Barbour, Chris Dennis, Greg Esplin, Michael Lockerbie, Erin Marshall, Gavin Ross Lighting Designer: Clancy Flynn Sound Designer: Tom Lishman Playwright: Harry Gibson (based on the novel by Irvine Welsh)

fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Season: 23 March – 13 April 2017

Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm
Season: 19 – 22 April 2017

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Image: Greg Esplin and Gavin Ross feature in Trainspotting – photo by Geraint Lewis

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.