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Preview: Trainspotting at Newcastle People’s Theatre

“Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?”


Newcastle People’s Theatre
Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st April 2018
by Irvine Welsh

adapted for the stage by Harry Gibson

A gaunt, scrawny gang of anti-heroes live life on the edge in 1990s Edinburgh. But their gross-out gags and techno-charged hedonism disguise a bleak, desperate undertow of addiction and ruin.

Since its first publication over twenty years ago, Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting has transitioned from contemporary cutting-edge status to that of modern cult classic. Harry Gibson’s raucous stage adaptation still speaks to us loudly and irreverently about urban alienation and young lives under pressure. The play maintains a dirty realism and low-life energy that is closer to the gritty, scatological tragicomedy of Welsh’s original novel than Danny Boyle’s 1996 movie. 

Director Mark Buckley is pleased to be introducing an exciting, young cast as Renton, Sick Boy, Alison and Co. The exploits of these characters continue to enthral audiences, with Welsh bringing the crew back in 2002’s Porno and again last month in his new book Dead Men’s Trousers.So come and see how it all started but be warned – this is a no-holds-barred, in-your-face cocktail of loud music, bright lights, very strong language and adult themes!

Audiences coming to see Trainspotting will also be able to enjoy our new Gallery exhibition Stitchin' In The Kitchen by innovative North East textiles artist Jane Sanders. Jane sews portraits of iconic pop stars ranging from Amy Winehouse to Elvis and employs such techniques as appliqué, embroidery and mixed media. Jane’s celebration of pop culture is presented in association with The Biscuit Factory Foundation and is showing from Tuesday 17 April.

Photos: Paula Smart

Tickets costing £14 (Concessions £11.50) available from the box office:       0191 265 5020 or online from

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