Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
MOST people would be familiar with the 1996 film Trainspotting – and Blak Yak (note to subs: there is no ‘C’ in Blak) Theatre is producing a stage version in Subiaco this September.

Both based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, it’s a broody yet humorous tale of a group of heroin addicts in Edinburgh and how the drug culture takes over their lives.

Director Dannielle Ashton said she chose to bring Trainspotting to life as a piece of theatre because of the many issues it deals with, not normally experienced by people in everyday life.

“The play is a mix of hilarious and tender moments,” she said. “The script is cleverly written to take the audience on a journey of laughs, as well as tears.

“The cast are extremely talented and portray several characters of diversity, which will leave the audience hating and loving them at the same time.”

Given the film has a popular cult following, Ashton admits audiences may have some pre-conceived ideas before seeing the stage version.

“But rather than mimicking the film, I have taken a fresh approach that allows my actors to develop their own unique characters,” she said.

“The drug use could test the boundaries of some people but the play itself has so much substance, the story carries over and rises above this aspect.”

Ashton has been involved in theatre for the past 20 years, most recently directing A Streetcar Named Desire at the Old Mill Theatre, after scoring the 2008 DramaFest Best Overall Production Award for The Return and Best Production Award for co-directing A One Night Stand-Off with Martin Lindsay at the 2008 South West Drama Festival.

Her production of The Sum of Us at the Old Mill Theatre earned her a best director nomination at the 2008 Finley Awards and was also named runner-up best play of the year.

Trainspotting plays at.8pm on September 10, 11 and 12 at the Subiaco Arts Centre’s Studio. Tickets are $15 – book through BOCS on 9484 1133.

Also joining Trainspotting on September 10 and 11 will be Arena Entertainment’s Unattainable, described as a “sinister satire”, written and directed by Jess Messenger.

trainspotting1.jpeg: Murray Jackson, Clint Ward, Daniel Kershaw and Krysia Wiechecki are on track for the stage version of Trainspotting this September.

trainspotting2.jpeg: Murray Jackson is Begbie in Trainspotting.

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Blak Yak Theatre

Blak Yak is a vibrant community theatre company based in Perth, Western Australia. Established in 1993, we pride ourselves on the diversity of our productions and our dedicated audience which spans a broad range of loyal theatregoers.

Blak Yak was the first theatre company in Australia to present Terry Pratchett's plays, starting with Mort in 1997, and has built a reputation as being the premiere theatre group staging adaptations of popular novels, films and television shows such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Red Dwarf, Human Traffic, Men Behaving Badly, The Underpants and Coupling. More recently, Blak Yak mounted the world stage premiere of Black Books drawing on three episodes of the award-winning TV hit to create a single night of hilarity.

But there's much more to Blak Yak than film and TV adaptations. Not afraid to take chances, Blak Yak has presented original WA-written plays including our most recent offerings Prod and Prejudice and Enmity, both of which received critical recognition at the 2007 Southwest Dramafest. Other notable productions include Lysistrata and Amadeus and our recent production of Picasso's Women also received critical praise, with one of our performers winning Best Actress at the 2007 ITA Finley Awards. At the same ceremony, one of our actors won Best Other Than Lead Male for Black Books.

Blak Yak has won many awards over the years, particularly for our one-act repertoire. At the 2003 WA State Drama Festival, for example, Blak Yak was the first theatre group to win Best Play in both the Adult and Youth sections with Two Women and a Chair and Cloud Over the Morning. These accolades stand as testament to the talent and commitment of our performers and directors as well as those who lend a helping hand behind the scenes.

At Blak Yak, we are always open to new ideas and new talents. For performers, upcoming auditions will be posted on the Auditions page of this website as well on the Theatre Australia website (

Directors and scriptwriters are also encouraged to make contact and explore opportunities to mount their shows with us.
Dannielle Ashton
P: 0400 438 695


Blak Yak Theatre brings Trainspotting to life on stage.


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