Renton (Ross Costigan) - Textless Poster

About The Show

Welsh’s novel exploded onto the scene in 1993, stunning audiences with its bleak and darkly humorous depiction of the decaying friendships of a bunch of no hopers, heroin addicts and petty criminals attempting to escape the boredom of their lives. Harry Gibson’s theatrical adaptation debuted in 1994 to great acclaim before Danny Boyle’s 1996 film version made Trainspotting a cultural landmark.


The play is seen through the eyes of the self loathing anti hero Mark Renton as he tries to overcome the addictions that hinder his escape from a doomed life. Depicted mostly in monologues, the stories at the heart of the play are unflinchingly shocking, darkly humorous and full of Welsh’s raw observations of life. These stories show the lives of directionless twenty somethings as they threaten to go off the rails entirely, into lives we would rather not choose.

Our production of the play ran from June 24th – 28th 2008 in The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny in an acclaimed production directed by Niamh Moroney and John Morton.



Mark Renton – Ross Costigan
Tommy McKenzie / Drunk – Ken McGuire
Franco Begbie – Niall Sheehy
Alison / Sharon – Maria Murray
Danny ‘Spud’ Murphy / Wide-o / Workie – Stephen Colfer
Johnny ‘Mother Superior’ Swann / Renton’s Mother – Paul Young
Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson – John Morton
Dianne / Canadian / Auld Wifie – Suzanne O’ Brien
Lizzie MacIntosh / Dianne’s Ma / Canadian – Simone Kelly
June / Lassie / Aunt Effie / Auld Wifie / Nina – Mairead Kiernan
Cast Of Thousands – Michael Murphy / Paddy Dunne


Directed by Niamh Moroney and John Morton
Produced by Paddy Dunne, Ken McGuire and Kevin Mooney
Stage Manager  – Colm Sheenan
Lighting Design – Gerry Taylor
Sound Design – Alan Dawson
Production Designer – Paddy Dunne
Art Direction – Thom Dowling
Set Design – Eddie Brennan
Costumes – Kate St. John
Make Up – Aoife Bambrick and Aileen Johnson
Poster Design – Paddy Dunne
‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ performed by Jessica Walsh. Produced by Ken McGuire. Words and Music: Morrissey / Marr

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