Posts Tagged ‘irvine welsh’


Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Road to Nowhere

April 28, 2009

The next in our series of clips from Trainspotting is a big of a sing-song, of sorts. I say of sorts because to be honest, most people were probably too terrified of Niall Sheehy to actually join in. In this scene Begbie briefly speaks about the injustices of “real life”, appearing to Renton (Ross Costigan) as a sort of abstract, heroin-withdrawal apparition. Renton drags himself to his feet and does his best David Byrne impersonation.

Of note: In the original stage adaptation (which is set in the 90’s and not the 80’s) the song of choice was Chumbawamba – Tubthumping…. Yeah, I think you’ll find that setting the show in it’s original era was an infinitely better choice…

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Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Mother Superior

February 26, 2009

Following directly on from our previous installment of Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting is this incredible clip that introduces the character of the Mother Superior. The events that follow go from hilarious, to absurd, to deeply dark and tragic. As I mentioned before, this entire sequence was my favourite section of our show. Everyone on board put in such a solid effort. The inclusion of Massive Attack’s “Angel” broke away from our 80’s soundtrack but I honestly cannot image this scene without it. Featured in this scene are: Ross Costigan (Renton), John Morton (Sick Boy), Paul Young (Mother Superior), Stephen Colfer (Spud) and Maria Murray (Alison).

Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Welcome to Mother Superior’s:


Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Choose Life

February 11, 2009

Presented here for your viewing pleasure is the fourth in a series of excerpts from our adaptation of Trainspotting. One of the most memorable monologues from the story sees Renton (played here by Ross Costigan) wax lyrical on modern society’s material dependencies and needs to strive toward a definable, “normal” lifestyle. Rent boy has other things on his agenda: namely scoring a fix with his blue haired chum, Sick Boy (John Morton). This entire sequence (along with the following Mother Superior scene) were my favourite sections of the show. Cast included in this scene are: Ross Costigan (Renton), John Morton (Sick Boy), Stephen Colfer (Plukey Faced Wee Hing Oot) & Paddy Dunne (Wee Radge)

Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Choose Life:


Devious Theatre’s Trainspotting – Opening Five Minutes

December 15, 2008

During the summer of 2008, we hit the stage of the Watergate Theatre for five days to stage an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s “Trainspotting”. After months of sobering up from our afterparty, we’re finally ready to start uploading footage from it. Here’s the opening five minutes of the show which fortunately/unfortunately cuts off right before I nervously staggered across the stage wondering how exactly I ended up there…