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Trainspotting (Photo: Andreas Grieger)

Trainspotting (Photo: Andreas Grieger)


First Published 11 November 2016, Last Updated 14 November 2016

Trainspotting at The Vaults is quite unlike anything else you’re likely to experience at the theatre. For starters, you’re given glowsticks instead of tickets, offered earplugs, and there’s a 15 minute rave before the show begins. Then the show begins; 75 minutes of brutal honesty and humour, with stunning performances from the cast. This is an immersive show, and they do not shy away from some of the film’s most iconic scenes (including the ‘worst toilet in Scotland’. The director warns us before the show ‘don’t wear white’).

Before watching the press night (although ‘watching’ seems hardly the right word to use. We were part of the whole experience, living it, breathing it), director Adam Spreadbury-Maher took us round the venue, and, most importantly, introduced us to his gorgeous dog, Tickets, whose press night outfit outshone us all.

Warning: Video contains some explicit language and a director with his trousers down.


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