Theatre Preview: Trainspotting @ The Loco Klub

by Abi Hack



Presented as part of Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND, which seeks to bring its ‘own brand of epic theatre’ to ‘intimate and unusual spaces,’ In Your Face Theatre and The King’s Head Theatre have teamed up to present a stage version of Irvine Welsh’s cult classic Trainspotting.


Performed at the Loco Klub, a daring location found in the depths of the Bristol Temple Mead tunnels, this theatrical adaption is set to embody the shocking and controversial nature of the original novel (and the internationally acclaimed 1996 film adaptation). Adapted by Harry Gibson and directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin, this performance begins with ‘a rave lit by glowsticks’ and seeks to fully immerse its audience in a ‘punchy, adrenaline-fuelled’ performance.


The production faced sold out runs and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe (2015) and The King’s Head Theatre (2015, 2016). With its confrontation of ‘hedonism’, ‘drug culture’ and ‘the bleak reality of heroin addiction’, this is set to be a graphic, daring and immersive re-imagining of the renowned 1993 book.  


Welsh himself commented:

★★★★★ “Brutally honest, unfiltered, heartwrenching” – Edinburgh Evening News


★★★★★ "This play does about as much justice to Irvine Welsh’s novel as is tolerable to witness in the flesh" – The Nouse


★★★★★ “More fluids being splashed than at Seaworld…an amazing piece of gritty theatre” – TV Bomb Jonathan Miller


★★★★★ Three Weeks; All Edinburgh Theatre; Public Reviews; Remote Goat; View From The Gods


★★★★ The Stage

Based on the novel by Irvine Welsh


Adapted by Harry Gibson


Directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin


Venue The Loco Klub, Bristol Temple Meads Clocktower Yard, Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH


Dates 6-17th April 2016


Times Tue, Wed, Sun: performances at 7pm and 9pm. Thu, Fri, Sat: performances at 7pm, 8.45pm & 10.30pm. No performance Mon.


Tickets Full £14 / Concession £10


Age recommendation 16+ (Contains scenes of nudity, drug use, violence of a sexual nature, claustrophobia and very strong language).


Running time 1hr 10mins

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“I was shocked, and I wrote the f*cking thing! […] The verve and freshness that they brought to the project blindsided me. They really made it their own, of their time and their era, while drawing on the universality of the characters I created and the themes I explored”.

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