CHOOSE Life, choose international movie success, choose heading down to the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow to shamelessly gawk at a bunch of Edinburgh low-lives wasting their lives at needlepoint.
Before Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie et al found a global audience as Leith’s most (in)famous junkies/psychopaths, the characters were causing controversy and offence on an Edinburgh stage.
Actually it all started with Irvine Welsh’s novel, but we’ll conveniently ignore that crucial detail for the purposes of this piece!
As we continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic film’s release – and look forward to the January 2017 release of follow-up T2 – the original theatre adaptation finds its way to the Gorbals. Described as “a coarse, intense and hilarious roller-coaster ride through the heroin-hinterlands of Thatcher-era Leith,” Trainspotting remains as powerful/tragic/intense/funny two decades after it was unleashed onto an unsuspecting – and very different – world.
The political landscape may be unrecognisable to those original characters, but the human stories behind them continue to resonate with audiences.
Note: the play contains scenes of violence, sexual content, drug references and very strong language.
Related trivia: Ewan Bremner – who appears as simpleton Spud in the movie – played anti-hero Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton in the original stage version of the book.
Trainspotting plays the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow from Sep 14 – Oct 8.
Luna Outdoor Cinema
FOR those among us who insist on turning up at the pictures with a raincoat, a picnic and a deckchair expecting a stunning backdrop to a classic movie, this is the very thing.
The Luna outdoor cinema travels the country’s most picturesque locations then beams film favourites on to a giant screen. Simple, no?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Romeo and Juliet and Jurassic Park will be shown at the Royal Botanic Gardens in
Edinburgh on September 2, 3 and 4 respectively.
And don’t forget your sandwiches.
Lady Boys of Bangkok
HERE come the Lady Boys for their 17th – yes, count them – consecutive season at The Pavilion and who are we to argue?
Sponsored by Veet (no, not really), the Bangkok brigade bring their all-singing, all dancing cabaret show back to Glasgow for one night only with a brand new production.
‘This is high on the list of shows to see before you die, so why not do it now?’ screams the Fringe Guru in Brighton.
Why not indeed?
Lady Boys of Bangkok play the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow on September 4.
THE b**tard offspring of Frankie Boyle’s dark side and a demonic Derren Brown, Scotland’s legendary psychopath – his words, not mine – is back.
Over to his own people to sum up his forthcoming one-night only show:
‘With his unique combination of comedy, hatred, and card tricks, every moment is guaranteed to make you feel better about YOURSELF as he bangs on about some p*sh or other.’
Hard to resist, no?
Jerry Sadowitz – Comedian, Magician, Psychopath! will play at Edinburgh King’s Theatre on September 23.