Dublin Theatre Festival

G. & J. Spotting


By Irvine Welsh

Venue Olympia Theatre

Directed by Harry Gibson

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Trainspotting's subject matter and source material have made it one of the controversial works in any medium in recent years. The play, adapted from the book by Irvine Welsh was premiered at the tine Circle Studio at Galsgow's Citizen's Theatre and went on to a record breaking run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival followed by a sell out tour throughout the United Kingdom. It also recently won the Sunday Times Award for Best New play at the British Regional Theatre Awards.

Trainspotting is a drug-fuelled rollercoaster ride through the streets, pubs and shooting galleries of Edinburgh's seamier side. Ani-hero Mark Renton embarks on a horrific journey to the heart where taking heroin can be seen as a rational act. Managing to find humour in the darkest of crevices, Trainspotting is comedy at its blackest, drama at its toughest and contemporary theatre at its most powerful. Like Kerouac's On the Road in the 1950's and A Clockwork Orange in the 1960's, Trainspotting has become a crucial text for the 90's generation

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