Audition Notice Trainspotting

by Irvine Welsh (adapted for the stage by Harry Gibson)

Directed by James McKendrick

Performance Dates & Times :
Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd and Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th March at 7.30
Matinées on Saturdays 16th and Saturday 23rd March at 3.00
To be performed at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington, London N16 7HR.


These auditions are for Tower Theatre Company Members only.
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Audition Dates & Times :
Sunday 2nd December at 12.00 and Monday 3rd December at 7.00 at the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington.
Recalls on Sunday 9th December, if required.

If you plan to audition, follow this link to the audition form.
Please complete and print it to bring along with you.

All cast and crew will be required all day on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th March and in the evening of Tuesday 19th March for the get-in, technical and dress rehearsals.

Please email the director, James McKendrick for information on scenes to prepare for audition. Also please contact James if you have any questions about the play or the production, or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown.

James McKendrick

James McKendrick has been a Tower Theatre Company Member since 2013 and has acted in six productions, the most recent as Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. For the Tower, he directed Kafka's Dick earlier this year. Elsewhere, he has directed a trio of Jim Cartwright plays (Road, Two and Bed), the critically acclaimed Work Makes You Free, which garnered several five and four star reviews and was lauded as a "highlight of the Vault Festival 2018" (Fringe Guru), and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off.

The director writes :

The production will be staged up close to the audience and will use effects, lights and music to maintain momentum and continuity between scenes. It will also involve considerable movement and stage combat which will be physically demanding, requiring a high level of commitment and energy from the cast.

Accents : There's really no getting around this, as the play is written phonetically in a Leith (East Edinburgh) dialect. I wouldn't want anyone to let the challenge of the accent deter them from auditioning and I'm not expecting everyone to be pitch perfect. Additionally, I intend to get some voice coaching help during rehearsals. However, for auditions, it will be important that people at least have a go at a generic Scottish accent if they're going to do themselves justice in putting the piece across.

The play contains extremely challenging material and will require a great deal of commitment from the cast. The play portrays scenes of a sexual nature, intravenous drug use, and scenes of violence. It also features extremely strong language throughout.

The challenges this will present in rehearsal will be handled professionally and with sensitivity, but it is essential auditionees have read the whole play and are comfortable with the demands presented by much of the material.

The characters :
The original cast was four actors (3M, 1F), with their principal role highlighted below and these actors doubling in all other roles. However, as the principal roles are in the 20-30 playing age range, I think there is scope for having two extra cast members (1M and 1F) playing a range of parts outside of this range.

Principal roles (approx. 20 - 30s playing age, as they went to school together, so will need to look of a similar playing age) :
Mark Renton : An unemployed, university drop out and a junky.
Tommy Murphy/Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson : Tommy is unemployed, into drinking, taking E and clubbing. "Sick Boy" is a junky, occasional rent boy and chancer.
Franco Begbie : Petty criminal, heavy drinker and psychopath.
Alison : Waitress, junky and mother of Dawn.

Doubling roles (No specific age, but as some of the roles will be playing parents of the characters above, they need to look plausible in those roles) : 1M, 1F, including the roles of Johnny Swan/Barman/Begbie Snr and June/Lizzie/Mrs Renton.

Please read the play before auditioning. The play is published by Vintage/Random House as part of the "Irvine Welsh 4Play" collection.