Belfast Set for First Hit of Trainspotting Live

Immersive theatre production described by Irvine Welsh as 'the best way to experience' the generation defining film comes to the MAC next month

Fresh from a successful world tour and following hot on the heels of this year's long-awaited film sequel, the acclaimed theatre production of Trainspotting will arrive in Northern Ireland for the first time next month, with a run of shows at the MAC from May 24 to 27.

The stage adaptation is said to capture the passion and controversy of the famous Irvine Welsh novel, later made a generation defining, cult cinema classic by Danny Boyle, repackaging it into an immersive show in which the audience are literally part of the action – including the notorious 'Worst Toilet in Scotland' scene. 'I was shocked, and I wrote the f***ing thing,' the author commented.

In Your Face Theatre’s Scottish cast have created a snappy and vibrant affirmation of the power and humour of the piece. Against a dynamic soundscape of '80s dance music, the stories of a group of friends living through the Edinburgh heroin scene – Renton, Tommy, Sick Boy, Begbie and Alison - are brought to life with humour, poetry and provocatively graphic scenes, including drug use and nudity. Watch the trailer below, but beware - there's strong language throughout.

Directed by Kings Head Theatre Artistic Director Adam Spreadbury-Maher in collaboration with Greg Esplin, the tour follows an eleven-week run at the Vaults in London and two sold-out seasons at the city's King’s Head Theatre.

The cast are Rachael Anderson (June), Chris Dennis (Begbie), Calum Barbour (Mother Superior), Greg Esplin (Tommy), Michael Lockerbie (Sickboy), Erin Marshall (Alison) and Gavin Ross (Renton).

Picking up the story two decades on, T2 Trainspotting was released to largely favourable reviews in January, with each of the principal cast including Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle reprising their roles. Directed by Danny Boyle, the film is loosely based around Welsh's 2002 follow-up Porno, with screenwriter John Hodge returning to develop elements of the book into a new narrative which links heavily with the 1996 original. Meanwhile Welsh has hinted at the possibility of there being a third film in the franchise.

Trainspotting Live is at the MAC, Belfast from May 24 to 27. For more information and ticket booking visit