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Trainspotting

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One of the most shocking and controversial stories makes its Sydney stage debut in a powerful new production. Trainspotting is the story of a group of teenagers in the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 1980s.

“It’s about youths trying to get away from the unpleasant lifestyle, trying to find a group to be a part of and cult to feel strong about,” says Damien Carr, who portrays protagonist Mark Renton in the production.

Derived from both the very successful novel by Irvine Welsh and the award-winning film adaptation starring Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting depicts an intense and raw portrayal of the dark side of life that is still very much just a backstreet away from us all.

“You’re going to see a lot of scenes that are in the film and that are very iconic and that everyone remembers from the movie,” says Carr. “It also takes a lot out of the book as well.”

The cast is made up of all inner west Sydney residents and is still relatable to youths in society today.

“It definitely speaks to people now, for sure.” (CT)

May 8-24, King Street Theatre, King St & Bray St, Newtown, $27-32, kingstreettheatre.com.au

BY CIARAN TOBIN

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