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Trainspotting at The Lowry

This play is a journey into a world of junkies, saddos, spivs and general derelicts...

Published on March 28th 2006.


Trainspotting at The Lowry

This play is a journey into a world of junkies, saddos, spivs and general derelicts. Harrowing, hilarious, horrific and humiliating it explores an "under" world well trodden in real life, but largely condemned by major segments of the population, often as a result of ignorance.

It is the antithesis of "The History Boys" so recently performed at this venue, but is just as real a picture of one of the strands of divisiveness currently besetting our society . A snapshot of the two very enthusiastic ( but entirely different ) audiences highlights such division.

Viewed as a morality play, or even a Shakespearian evocation of real life , it hits exactly the right nerve and highlights a populace which often fails to understand , or perhaps worse , empathize with those in an environment which produces such a schizophrenic society.

But enough of moralising. This is a superb evocation of the bleak lives of five Edinburgh adults as it charts friendship , its disintegration and final destruction. The language and events onstage are definitely not for those of a genteel disposition.

A fine cast portray the participants with emotion and passion. It makes for a riveting night at the theatre.

Tim Mascall the Lighting Designer creates the perfect ambiance and with the invaluable help of Set Designer Suzanne Field transport the audience to the perfect setting for the action.

Harry Gibson's role as both Adaptor and Director is masterful. He seamlessly threads these Irvine Walsh short stories into a coherent, sordid, sad and totally believable tale. The play is a modern masterpiece. It deserves all the acclaim it has rightly received.

A final word for The Lowry. Week after week it provides a local audience with much of the best theatre available in the UK. It offers a public service unequalled in the area. Long may it continue.

Richard Burbage
March 2006

Trainspotting is at The Lowry until Saturday 1st April 2006
Box Office 0870 7875793

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