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Waiting For The Train That Never Comes

Posted in Stage by Russ L on 7 May, 2006

On Tuesday the 2nd of May it was over to the Rep to see Harry Gibson’s adaptation of Trainspotting. I love the book and like the film but had never seen a staged version before, so I was very enthusiastic about this.

It seems, incidentally, that I’m quite unusual in actualy liking both the novel and the film, but then again I did see the latter before I read the former. The director of this summed it up well in the programme – it’s like the old Monkeys & Beatles films with a bunch of lads getting into comic scrapes. The book is a lot darker, and so was this.

It’s interesting how it was adapted. This version centres around Renton, Tommy, Begbie and Alison, with the other characters only making little cameos (a few Spud parts were squashed up into Tommy’s character, interestingly). There was no broad narrative to this whatsoever, either (it’s fractured in the book, but it is there. If I remember rightly it is, anyway. It has been years since I’ve read it), and that worked really well – removing the big adventure to London for the smack deal and actually finishing it with Renton and Begbie in the derelict Leith station reinforced the fact that they’re trapped in the lives they’re leading.

Very powerful and well-acted. Definitely worth seeing (this tour continues until the end of May).

~ Russ L


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  1. helen said, on 18 May, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    I enjoyed the book and the film son.


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