Already closed | 1h 15m | Midtown W

Trainspotting Live

From 220 member  reviews
Members say: Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

This punchy, 75 minute production strives to recapture the passion and the controversy of the famous novel, then globally successful film, and repackage it into an immersive production. More…

'Trainspotting Live' tells the story of Mark Renton and his friends, living through the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80s. For this 21st anniversary production, In Your Face Theatre’s Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humor of the piece. 'Trainspotting' was published in 1993 and adapted into a critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film by Danny Boyle in 1996.

'Trainspotting Live' features adult content and is only appropriate for ages 16 and up.

1h 15m | Already closed | Roy Arias 777 Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (220)


Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Great acting, Absorbing

Cliched, Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You adore the movie. Only reason to see it. Missable otherwise.

Don't see it if I love immersive and this was weak. Plus it was a sauna in the theater and made you want to escape.

Intense, Edgy, Not for me

See it if you're a fan of the source material or are looking for something outside of the traditional theatrical fare.

Don't see it if you, like myself, don't handle up-close-and-personal immersive theatre well. They sat me next to a toilet and I was like, NOPE.

Dated, Disappointing, Intense

See it if Only if a fan of the film as many audience members were.

Don't see it if No story - just separate vignettes about a bunch of people we never care about. In your face for no reason than to just be in your face.

Raunchy, Confusing, Edgy

See it if You can handle a show with VERY loud music, simulated sex and drug scenes, nudity, audience participation and a heavy Scottish accent

Don't see it if If you have great memories of the movie. This production is mostly interested into shocking the audience and nothing else.

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Excruciating

See it if You really don't mind the language, violence, splatter, intense interaction, the intimidation and... Nudity. Except those, great acting.

Don't see it if You are easily scared, don't like anything drug related. The intense language and drug may do more harm than good although it meant well...

Also Although I personally don't like the content of the show and don't thi... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Raunchy, Immersive

See it if You're into immersive theater, you're young (or young at heart) and into seeing something wild and in-your-face, you like the movie/book.

Don't see it if You need elbow room when you sit, you're not into bathroom humor, you're not into immersive work

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Edgy, Intense

See it if You liked the movie, story about heroine addicts and don't mind the possibility of getting fake feces colored water splashed on you.

Don't see it if You like light fluff. Very intense.

Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched, Disjointed

See it if You love nudity, drug use great music score strobe lights

Don't see it if Same as above ! This could have been a great play ..good idea but too all over the place

Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re a fan of the novel or film, or if you want to get a real live experience of what it's like to be addicted to drugs

Don't see it if You don’t like nudity, obscenity, crass, childish humor, having filth/drinks flung at you or If you don’t like audience participation.

Violent, Edgy, Awkwardly humorous, Gritty, Loud

See it if You enjoy immersive theater. And, have a strong stomach for violence.

Don't see it if You're easily triggered by language, violence, human excrement, or really loud music.

Raunchy, Intense, Indulgent, Funny

See it if You like over-the-top stuff

Don't see it if You have a weak stomach

Cliched, Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Banal

See it if U like immersive performances where U may be chose to participate. This play is for 25-35 year olds. Best seen drunk at a late show.

Don't see it if U are offended by in your face cursing, nudity and bodily fluids. Although the actors are realistic and committed, the story line is weak.

During previews
Clever, Dizzying

See it if It really is as simple as most of the reviews on here. If you like the movie see it

Don't see it if And if you don’t like the movie or don’t know the movie I think it would be very difficult for you to enjoy this production

Also There is a scene in the play that takes place 85% of the way through w... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of book or film. I gave it 50 because half will love it & half will not. It is intense. If you want to be part of it sit mid.

Don't see it if You do not want to feel unsafe, uncomfortable or uneasy at any point during the 75 mins. The list of pre show warnings is a lot. Shocking.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I was captivated by the actors. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Big effort, Unintelligible, Immersive, Gross, Edgy

See it if you enjoy unique, immersive theater experiences that recreate the more shocking and explosive scenes from the movie. Hard working cast

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy getting touched by disgusting props or the actors- you are uncomfortable with strobe lights, depictions of drug use, nudity

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Disturbing, Juvenile, Raunchy

See it if you appreciate shock value, have very adventurous tastes.

Don't see it if you are at all prudish. You don’t want to be manhandled. You don’t want substances resembling booze and excrement tossed at you.

Also It’s difficult to review this show. Many people will hate it. A middle... Read more Read less

During previews
Raunchy, Confusing, Insipid

See it if You are a fan of the movie/book—otherwise the show is extremely confusing with difficult to understand Scottish accents

Don't see it if You are easily grossed out and want a better written show with fleshed out characters

During previews
Painful, Edgy, Shocking, Gross, Noisy

See it if you want to be shocked by nudity, drug use portrayal, lost in british screaming actors. This is not for the faint of heart.. heroin use.

Don't see it if You dont want someone cursing, spitting, fecal believed paper towels thrown into the audience... U want traditional show, with no screams.

During previews
Confusing, Raunchy

See it if You can understand Scottish accents and have an interest in the lives of drug addicts

Don't see it if If accents confused you & you prefer things conventional. And you don't like getting (fake) bodily waste thrown at you.

July 15th, 2018
"I missed the elements that make Boyle’s original film such an achievement: the nuanced humanity amid the ugly, brutal mayhem...The directors here go doggedly in pursuit of fun, and the result is way off-kilter. The actors are likable...The humor works. But we don’t get much sense of the characte...
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July 16th, 2018
"The audience has the option to imbibe during the show; it definitely helps to be relaxed, since chances are good that you will be sat on, pulled onstage or spattered with bodily fluids (fake ones, I hope)...The sheer outrageousness of the crew’s escapades will probably get you laughing, or screa...
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July 27th, 2018
"The characters shoot up, get in fights, and fling mysterious substances at the audience. We laugh and cringe at their antics as the performers shove their characters' dysfunction in our faces...To what end? And that's where my admiration for 'Trainspotting' runs out. The sensationalism seems to ...
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July 17th, 2018
“Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin...transform the nightmare into a dream machine...The ensemble all do an impressive job...The sense of inescapability makes ‘Trainspotting Live’ one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in the city...I can't think of a better metaphor for addiction than the...
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