Edinburgh Fringe: Trainspotting review

In Yer Face Theatre’s stage production of Trainspotting was one of the hottest tickets in town during last year’s Fringe Festival – and for very good reason.

Performed in George Square’s graffitied, atmospheric and intimate Underground venue, the 75-minute play immerses the audience from the moment they take their ‘seats’ on the cold, hard floor.

What follows is a gritty, fast-paced and fascinating look into Edinburgh’s drug scene in the Eighties – immortalised first by Leith author Irvine Welsh’s cult 1993 novel, then by Danny Boyle’s iconic 1996 film.

With the audience sitting so close to the action, there’s absolutely no room for error and the cast exceed all expectations by turning in performances that are consistently believable, powerful and intense. Gavin Ross is particularly impressive as Renton while Chris Dennis’ portrayal of bullying thug Begbie is so spot-on, it’s rather disconcerting to watch.

This live production of Trainspotting is tragic, funny, brutal, offensive and unapologetic. At times uncomfortable, but always completely mesmerising. Don’t miss it.


Words: Amy Anderson

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