The Vaults, London – until 2 June 2018
Crude, disgusting, shocking, amazing, outstanding. Just a few words to describe this mental but incredible production. Trainspotting Live, based on Irvine Welsh’s 1993 book, follows a group of heroin addicts on their journey through life in an economically depressed part of Edinburgh.
I must admit, when I was handed my fluorescent wristband and shown into the space thumping with techno music like an underground rave, I was a little (okay a lot) scared. This fear remained with me for the first part of the show; my heart was racing and I was shocked and slightly appalled at what was going on.
Having never seen or read Trainspotting Live, I had zero idea of what to expect but oh boy was I pleasantly surprised. Sure this show is crazily abrasive and probably offensive to a lot of people but it’s also funny, authentic, moving and inventive. The 75-minute performance is visceral and as long as you have an open mind that’s ready to be shocked then it’s totally for you.
This show is not for the faint of heart though. Lets just say that the actors are not the only people involved in the action of Trainspotting Live, so beware. Especially if you find yourself sat next to the dirtiest toilet known to man, or in the firing line of the of the product hurled out of it. This story is immersive and innovative whilst still capturing reality and being relatable for the people of today.
This darkly comic story has no boundaries and freely approaches nudity, drugs and sex. The young actors do a fantastic job of bringing this all to the audience and their free, energetic performances and blunt portrayal of addiction which will resonate and stay with you after the show. I felt so immersed in the show that coming out was like waking up and having to readjust to the world.
There are gasps, laughs and pained silences throughout the show and the full spectrum of emotions are truly explored. For a visceral, and moving performance like nothing else the please go and see Trainspotting Live. You’ll be left feeling slightly drained, extremely shocked and really really wanting to go and clean yourself but it’ll be worth it!
Trainspotting Live is at The Vaults until June 3rd before heading to New York.