Review: Trainspotting, at Tower Theatre
29 March, 2019 — By ERIN COBBY
‘Humorous, visceral and utterly disgusting’ – Trainspotting at the Tower Theatre
HARRY Gibson’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s cult classic Trainspotting graced the stage of the Tower Theatre for a humorous, visceral and utterly disgusting performance.
Mark Renton (Paul Graves) kicks off the action, his use of direct address making the description of his “vomity, shitty bed” all the more cringy, and yet satisfyingly cinematic.
The depravity is kicked up a notch in the infamous “toilet scene”, splashing murky water coating his arms as he distractedly discards a mangled tampon.
The cast deliver a satisfying adaption, each multi-roling to portray the plethora of characters which make up Welsh’s “lost generation”, Ryan Williams’ transformation from headcase Begbie to nitty methadone addict is particularly winning.
The piece retains its energy and attitude, delivering everything you’d want from a stage adaptation of Trainspotting.
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