Controversial classic to finish off in Wollongong

The cast of Trainspotting, on stage at The Vault in Port Kembla this week, are (clockwise from bottom left) Damien Carr, Brendon Taylor, Leigh Scully, and Taylor Beadle-Williams.

The cast of Trainspotting, on stage at The Vault in Port Kembla this week, are (clockwise from bottom left) Damien Carr, Brendon Taylor, Leigh Scully, and Taylor Beadle-Williams.

A CONFRONTATIONAL cult classic will hit the stage at The Vault Port Kembla this week.

Trainspotting is the story of Mark Renton and his friends in the Edinburgh heroin scene of the '80s.

The novel by Irvine Welsh won global success as a film adaptation by Danny Boyle starring Ewan McGregor, but was first a West End stage production - winning the Sunday Times award for best new play.

It went on to gain an Academy Award nomination for best screenplay adaptation - despite controversy in the US as to whether or not it glorified drug use.

Senator Bob Dole famously attacked the film's "depravity", but later admitted he had not seen it.

The story is a raw portrayal of the dark side of life that is still just a back street away.

"Life's boring and futile. We start off with high hopes and then we bottle it. We realise we're all going to die without finding out the big answers. Basically, we live a short, disappointing life and then we die. We fill our lives with shite, things like careers and relationships, to delude ourselves that it isn't totally pointless," wrote Irvine Welsh in Trainspotting.

Black Box's Trainspotting received high praise from audiences and critics for its Sydney premiere at King Street Theatre, Newtown, and now looks to end its season in Wollongong's steel city - Port Kembla.

Illawarra resident Luke Berman (Playmates, Proof, Glengarry Glen Ross) directs Sydney Inner West actors Damien Carr (A Glass Menagerie, Everynight Everynight), Taylor Beadle-Williams (Amnesia, Plans, The Crucible), Leigh Scully (Home and Away, Rescue: Special Ops) and Wollongong University Creative Arts graduate Brendan Taylor (Antony and Cleopatra, Room, As You Like it) in this powerful play.

The production will be on stage at The Vault Port Kembla from August 8.

For information phone 0401 976 073.

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