by Irvine Welsh

Directed by James McKendrick

Evenings at 7.30 :
Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd and Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th March
Matinées at 3.00 : Saturdays 23rd and 30th March

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Before Danny Boyle's celebrated film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's coruscating book came this stage adaptation by Harry Gibson. Rawer, darker and arguably funnier than the screen version, the play explores the dark recesses of pre-gentrification Leith - a short stroll from Edinburgh's castle and International festival but several light years distant in terms of quality of life and (lack of) opportunity.

It portrays a time when more addicts in the city were dying from AIDS-related illnesses than from overdose and gives a voice to a generation left behind by de-industrialisation and neglect. It is a white knuckle ride through the heroin shooting-galleries and derelict squats of the city's underbelly.

This production portrays scenes of a sexual nature, intravenous drug use, and scenes of violence. It also features extremely strong language throughout, most of it delivered in a Scottish regional dialect which, if you are able to understand it, may cause offence. Suitable for a 16 plus audience.

Cast List

Mark Renton : Paul Graves
Tommy/Sick Boy : Ben Kynaston
Begbie : Ryan Williams
Alison : Rebecca Allan

Male Ensemble roles : Alexander Gordon Wood
Female Ensemble Roles : Ailsa Dann


Production Team

Director : James McKendrick
Set Design : Kate Guy
Stage Manager : Laura Corkell