Trainspotting Live

Theatre (site-specific, adaptation)

  • Pleasance at EICC - Cromdale Tunnel
  • 18:00, 21:00
  • Aug 18-21, 23-28
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: King’s Head and In Your Face presented by James Seabright
  • Warnings and additional info: This show contains distressing themes, nudity, scenes of a sexual nature, scenes of violence, strobe lighting and strong language.
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
General admission seating does not have a seat back and involves sitting on padded benches, traditional seating offers patrons individual chairs with backs.


Acclaimed immersive adaptation of Irvine Welsh's classic, staged in a bespoke venue unique to the show. The audience are literally part of the action, including the notorious 'worst toilet in Scotland' scene. Direct from a global tour, this is a ticket to ride you won't soon forget. Back after five sold-out Fringe seasons, so book early! Choose life. 'A big fat hit!' (NME). 'Best way to experience Trainspotting. I was shocked and I wrote the f*cking thing!' (Irvine Welsh). 'Must see for fans of the novel and film' **** (Telegraph). 'Will get you laughing and screaming' (Time Out).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access to level minus 2. Early access offered where possible.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Martin MacLeish 34 days ago

The best show at the Fringe - EVER!

Mike Thompson 39 days ago

Great show, adds nuance to the text and the performers put every bit of their energy into it.

Dean McCabe 39 days ago

You might be hesitating, wondering “is this show for me?”…stop worrying, it is mesmerising, a rollercoaster, with an incredible cast. It will simultaneously lift you up and tear you down. Go see for yourself.

Kevin Bilton 40 days ago

Fantastic, gritty and totally immersive. True to the film a must see if you are a fan or even if you have never heard of the film or book.

Ollie Hayes Fisher 40 days ago

Incredibly intense, incredible acting, if I had one show to recommend at Edinburgh, it’d be this

Ciara Montgomery 40 days ago

Absolutely amazing!!!! Never laughed and cried more!

Chris Devine 43 days ago

This show is truly amazing and such an incredible spectacle to be part of in the audience. Each of the actors absolutely smashed it! I’ve never seen anything like this production before but I can’t wait for the next time I do.

Go and see it.

Welsh 45 days ago

An amazing immersive experience. Funny, moving and utterly spectacular

Serena 45 days ago

Phenomenal! From the beginning the actors they bring you with the music, lights, and lots of energy inside this crazy rollercoaster of emotions. Absolutely amazing! For a fan of Irvine Welsh's works , this is fantastic! All the cast was great, connecting with the people. Strong and deeply show until the end! A must to see in Fringe 2022!

Lucy 47 days ago

This is the best piece of theatre I have ever seen and I wish I could watch it again for the first time. Hilarious and deeply moving in equal parts, this show truly immerses the audience into the action for a captivating evening. Go and watch this performance; I guarantee you will not regret it.

Mark Laidlaw 49 days ago

This is a must see show. From the second we entered the room until the lights went down at the end I was on the edge of my seat. The actors are really amazing and the show is just brilliant. Probably the best show I've ever seen at the fringe in all the years of attending. Wow!

Dugie Cameron 49 days ago

Trainspotting Live at the EICC was a muscular, slap in the face performance with bouts of high octane energy, inclusivity and hilarity alternating with moments of despair, emptiness and gloom.
It was particularly confronting to watch this performance in our country which is still struggling to gain control of a drug death pandemic which places us in the unenviable position of worst drug deaths in Europe .

The actors were at the door and on the floor and well into character raving and craving as we entered - against a booming, high energy sound track , they showed us to our seats, swore at us for taking photos, pawed us , leered at us and made us all realise that we were already in another world before the show had even started.

For the early part of the show the audience was the sixth character , or maybe the chorus. Renton and his gang included us in jokes , mocked us and made us feel complicit.
Later in the show, we the audience , exited stage left and we were back to five characters.

This part of the show was grotesque in the pain it evoked. In all of the noise of the tsunami of suffering , the actors used their craft to find pockets of quiet vulnerability, subtlety and fragility. For me, these were the most touching and emotional moments as they added a layered, textured sophistication to a performance that could so easily just have been about yelling at the world and its injustices.

Roald 49 days ago

Yepp. A must see...was not sure how they could adapt it to theatre....but they did. Fab actors and the feel of the movie.

R H 50 days ago

This is a must watch, what an amazing show.

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Theatre Scotland (5/5 stars) 45 days ago

It’s back and better than ever. This cast are incredible. If you love ‘Trainspotting’ then this is the best way to experience it.

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Voice Magazine (5/5 stars) 45 days ago

Trainspotting Live might just be the most genius show of the fringe.

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