"Disgusting, Brutal and Utterly Brilliant"
by Eleni Young for remotegoat on 22/03/15

In Your Face Theatre Company truly lives up to it’s name. Their immersive theatre production of Trainspotting will you have you laughing, retching and sobbing in your seat. That is, if you get a seat.

For those of you who don’t know, Trainspotting, originally, was a novel written in the 1990’s by Irvine Welsh, which was turned into a cult classic movie telling the story of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh. The cult film was responsible for not only shooting Irvine Walsh into fame and fortune but also kick started the careers of some of today’s most well-known actors including Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle. The novel and film is a raw, no holds barred insight into the gut wrenching, foul mouthed and abusive world of heroin addiction.

So, with such a huge reputation and cult following, In Your Face Theatre have got a lot to live up to.

Heading to the back of the King’s Head, flashes of lights and sounds of 90’s club music burst through intermittently as audience members make their way in. Glow stick in one hand and drink in the other, I make my way through managing to find a seat at the front, perching carefully on a step. The next hour or so whizz by in no time at all as you’re thrown violently into the drug fuelled world of Trainspotting. You are not watching it. You’re in it. Living every single minute of it, the cast certainly make sure of that. To describe this production as ‘immersive’ is an understatement.

Performed in the round (well, almost), In Your Face Theatre has created an incredibly intimate space allowing the audience to get up close and personal with each of the characters in as brutal and honest a manner as possible. Fast paced, every member of the cast maintains an extraordinary amount of energy throughout making every character believable, loveable and utterly disgusting, all at the right time. There is no stand out performer in this production, each and every member of the cast makes an outstanding contribution making you laugh, cry and retch in disgust.

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.

If you’ve ever wanted to live Trainspotting, now’s your chance. Fans of the film, you will not be disappointed, the only disappointment you’ll experience is by not getting tickets to this production, and I can guarantee you, you will kick yourself if you don’t.

My reputation on the line I’m willing to say that these guys will give Punchdrunk a run for their money.

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