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Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting Sequel, 'PORNO', Stage Adaptation Tour Includes The Liverpool Olympia

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Irvine Welsh’s Direct Sequel To Trainspotting, 'PORNO', Tours To Three North West Venues Including The Liverpool Olympia After Critical Acclaim At The Edinburgh Fringe, Followed By A Run At London's West End

PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

A new play, Irvine Welsh's PORNO, visits Liverpool Olympia on the 5th of October, Crewe Lyceum on the 6th of October and Sale Waterside in Manchester on the 7th of October.


The tour follows a sell-out run at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and prior to a run in London’s West End.


Liverpool Tickets at the Olympia for Thursday the 5th of October 2023

Fifteen years after TRAINSPOTTING, what has become of Renton, Sickboy, Begbie & Spud? Disturbing, shocking & extremely funny. The play contains swearing, sexual language, debauchery, drug use and even more swearing. Though, as if you'd expect anything else from a Trainspotting sequel.

The adaptation follows the novel as closely as possible. We’ve used plenty of Irvine’s writing verbatim to give it a really authentic script. I loved T2, but it wasn’t Porno.' - Davie Carswell, Writer & Producer of the PORNO Tour.
PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

Irvine Welsh’s PORNO is a full-length stage adaptation of the novel by the same name, which sold out one of the largest Pleasance venues for a month long run at Edinburgh Fringe in 2022, earning rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.


Following sell-out shows in Greenock and Glasgow, the production now heads South, visiting three North West venues in the coming weeks: Liverpool Olympia on 5th October, Crewe Lyceum on 6th October and Sale Waterside (Manchester) on 7th October. The producer has also just announced a transfer to London’s West End, playing for a season at the Arts Theatre from 29th October 2023.


Synopsis: Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting Sequel, 'PORNO'

Mark Renton hasn’t been back to Leith since… well, since he robbed his pals and f*cked off to Amsterdam. Life has been… good? But there’s always been something missing. How will SICKBOY, BEGBIE & SPUD react to the return of RENTON? Have they all settled down and become respectable members of society? Did they CHOOSE LIFE? Of course, they f*cking didn’t!


With an acclaimed cast of Scott Kyle (Outlander, Kilo Two Bravo, The Angel’s Share) as Renton, James McAnerney (Outlander, NEDs, Taggart, Rebus, Nightsleeper) as Sickboy, Jasmine Main (The Nest, Scot Squad, BAFTA Scotland Award Nominee) as Lizzie, Chris Gavin (Days That Shook The World, Starcaster) as Begbie, Kevin Murphy as Spud and Jim Brown as Knox.

PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

PORNO is written and produced by the award-winning Davie Carswell and directed by Jonty Cameron.


Davie Carswell, explained: 'After a fantastic run at Edinburgh Fringe last year, it’s time to take the show on the road, stopping off in three venues across the North West to bring the show to Irvine Welsh fans. The adaptation follows the novel as closely as possible. We’ve used plenty of Irvine’s writing verbatim to give it a really authentic script. I loved T2, but it wasn’t Porno.'


He added: 'The show deals with reaching a certain age and reflecting on what you’ve achieved, or not as the case may be. As you can expect from characters created by Irvine Welsh, the play will include sexual themes, drugs, and a lot of swearing. As if you’d expect anything else.'


Davie, said: 'I am really excited to see the reaction of the northwest audiences prior to our West End run and hope audiences will enjoy the ride.'

PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).
PORNO at its sold-out run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2022 (Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

Previous Praise For The Show

  • 'It’s difficult to imagine anyone but Robert Carlyle taking on the role of psychopath Begbie but Chris Gavin is a worthy successor.' - Natalie O’Donoghue, Broadway World.

  • 'Coarse, gutsy and funny. The pathos as real as the comedy.' - Mark Fisher, The Guradian.

  • 4 Stars: 'Completely blown away by how great it was!' - Edinburgh Live.

  • 4 Stars: 'This play is excellent. The characters fill the stage and own it.' - One4Review.

  • 4 Stars: 'Everything that Trainspotting lovers wanted and more.' - Theatre Scotland.

  • 4 Stars: 'A fantastic stage adaptation' - Theatre Weekly.

  • 4 Stars: 'Forget Trainspotting 2, this is the real story' - Sinners Review.

(Credit: Kenny Ramsay/Image was provided to The Liverpudlian to share, courtesy of the Publicist on behalf of their client. We make no claim to this content).

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