"I'm not big on reading or watching my old stuff but was blown away by @IYF_Theatre production of Trainspotting at the festival. #topshaggers" (Tweet response from Irvine Welsh)
"I thought it was a great show. They really breathed new life into the old dog."
"Great production and hugely talented cast - they will go on to do more great things."
"The star of the night was Greg Esplin who was cast as Tommy"
"Begbie played by Chris Dennis and Renton played by Gavin Ross, filled the shoes of Robert Carlyle and Ewan McGregor with ease. If anything I actually felt they were more realistic and raw than the originals"
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"Trainspotting is the best piece of theatre I have ever seen"
"The performers unapologetic, brutal and crass production is a masterpiece. The character work, chemistry on stage is extraordinary and the complete understanding of the text and themes throughout this production is reflected beautifully in their portrayal of these characters. They are the characters, not just a bunch of actors ‘pretending’ on stage. "
"Superb piece of audience manipulation"
"The four leads and rest of the cast, (Rachael Anderson, Calum Douglas Barbour – a truly despicable Mother Superior – Jessica Innes, Erin Marshall and Callum Verrecchia) deliver a horribly believable performance that is uncomfortable yet compelling and cannot be ignored."
London Theatre ★★★★★
"Gavin Ross is truly brilliant as Renton"
"Chris Dennis on the other hand, is superbly terrifying as Franco Begbie"
Plays To See ★★★★★
"In Your Face Theatre have created something which attacks all the senses and conveys the true bleakness of drug addiction"
Views From The Gods ★★★★★
"Gavin Ross excels as whey-faced Renton"
"Multi-tasking Greg Esplin is Artistic Director, Director and also plays poor, doomed Tommy. Jessica Innes has an impressive vocal range that takes her effortlessly from lairy sexpot Gail Houston to Renton’s desperate mum, while Neil Pendleton brings a poignant vulnerability to Sick Boy."
"Very sharply directed by Greg Esplin and Adam Spreadbury-Maher, and acted with enough vigour and commitment to make you feel you’re stuck in the same desperate net as the sinking addicts."
Stage Seen ★★★★
"This is a production that pulls no punches"
"Trainspotting boasts an excellent cast"
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'I was shocked, and I wrote the f*cking thing!' says Irvine Welsh. Trainspotting returns to Edinburgh after a critically acclaimed sell-out London season. This punchy, immersive production recaptures the passion and controversy of Irvine Welsh's cult generation-defining novel. For this 21st anniversary production, the Scottish cast have created a snappy, vibrant retelling capturing the power and humour of the piece. 'An irrepressibly visceral, adrenaline-fueled production' (Hollywood Reporter). 'Fresh, funny, grim and glorious ... talented and fearless actors' **** (Londonist.com). 'Horrific, disgusting, highly visceral and probably downright offensive show – but that's what makes it so damn good!' ***** (ViewsFromTheGods.co.uk).