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Trainspotting Live- A Review

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television... Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends... Choose DIY and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning... Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?

If this famed Trainspotting monologue breathes excitement into your very soul you will fucking love this show.

If you merely liked Trainspotting (the film or book), and even if you're not usually into 'theatre' as such, you will still fucking love this show.

If you're not quite sure what Trainspotting is but you're remotely interested in having fun, you will FUCKING LOVE THIS SHOW!


If you're already offended by my language, this is probably not for you.

Trainspotting Live is easily worth 5-stars and it just has to be experienced.

I don't want to spoil it by going into lots of detail, but anyway even this little raving review cannot do justice to how incredible the production is- from the set-up to delivery.


We watched Trainspotting Live at The Core in Corby and it took place in a smallish hall. We were given a glow-stick as an entry band and plunged into pumping music, flashing lights (a crazy club 'scene') as the actors raved around us. We were ushered to our seating in the centre of the room, set up in two tiered rows facing each other- in between was a soiled mattress at one end and grotty sofa at the other.

A simple performance space which we virtually sat within.


The 'worst toilet in Scotland' was nestled right amongst us. We were already fully immersed in the action and this (rightly) suggested more audience involvement.


The performance began with the famed 'choose life' monologue and over the next seventy-five minutes or so the immensely talented team provoked a thriller rollercoaster of emotions. I was scared, amused, intimidated, shocked, disgusted, I cried with laughter and heartbreak.


The infamous Trainspotting storyline is perfectly adapted and executed skilfully and shit really flies... (wink wink.)

Expect to be picked out- and be almost thankful when you're not. We were front row and I got involved on a number of times but sitting further back won't necessarily save you! The scenes take place in and around so you'll feel like a fly on the wall to a dangerous world of drugs, destruction, sex and death.


Expect to be heartened, moved and possibly disturbed. You will be lured in with great entertainment before being spat out through hard-hitting reality. It exposes gritty and uncomfortable truths of drug addiction whether that is intentional or not.


The format is simplistic and intimate in nature. The performance is powerful and moving, it is realistically executed. The production on a whole is beyond value for money. I cannot give enough credit to the whole creative team for what they pulled off.


Just WOW. Worth every penny (ticket cost around £25).


Trainspotting is in Edinburgh throughout August (2019) but you can keep up-to-date with ticket news here. http://www.trainspottinglive.com/#buytickets

Three of us went (aged 26-33) and the audience ranged from younger to older. I noticed a great number of reactions throughout the show (bemusement, horror, delight) but I expect everyone would agree it is definitely worth the experience.


Undoubtedly deserves awards. I wish the production every success!

Please, if you have any questions feel free to contact me or drop a comment.



*Trainspotting Live Content is explicit, harsh, contains nudity and strong references to drug taking. It is not for the faint hearted!

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