by Harry Gibson

October - November 2012

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Off The Wall Theatre ventured into the vile cesspool of life with a stage adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting. Made famous in a 1996 film by Danny Boyle (starring Ewan McGregor), based on a book by Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting is a sometimes funny, sometimes harsh look at a group of young people in 1980's Edinburgh, Scotland,  as they cope with heroin addiction. Bold and brash, hilarious and offensive, heartbreaking and shocking, this was as in your face a show as we have ever done.

While many of the elements of the show are scary or even shocking, the script actually presents a very thoughtful and real look at addiction and the way it affects not just those who struggle but also those around them. There is no holding back. The language is beyond harsh. The situations they find themselves in are unsettling. The proximity to the audience is close to the point of uncomfortable. And yet, as the story unfolds,  the heart and core of the characters makes us truly care for and even root for them. 

Director Jeremy C. Welter brought together a cast of four in this production playing 14 different parts. Some were faces familiar to our audiences, but we mixed in some new blood as well. As Mark Renton, the young man who is faced with having to choose between life and addiction, we welcomed back Luke Walaszek. He was seen as Duff in our summer 2012 production of "The Ritz". OTW regular  Kurtis Witzlsteiner played multiple roles including Tommy Murphy and Simon " Sick Boy " Williamson.  Kurtis  received rave reviews as Claude Perkins  in "The Ritz". Jocelyn Ridgely, seen in our summer 2010 production of "Psycho Beach Party", took on the dark and twisted role of Alison. Jocelyn has worked with many companies around town, and we were excited to have her back on our stage. And rounding out the cast was local actor Jim Donaldson portraying Francis Begbie. This was Jim's first show with OTW. 

Scenic and lighting design was handled by our Technical Director David Roper. We did away with a traditional stage for this show and instead turned our theatre into a run down drug den. While there was some traditional seating, some audience members were actually seated in the set itself. To our characters there was no audience, only fellow addicts along for the ride.