Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Trainspotting, Mexican Style

This afternoon, I hopped on an Eco-bici, cycled through the Parque de Chapultepec and eventually found a small, Fringe-type theatre underneath an expressway, called Bajo Circuito. Within it, film & theatre director Gabriel Retes is midway through rehearsing a Spanish-language version of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. It's actually the fourth time in 17 years that he's done it.
After we chatted about the production, they performed a 20-minute section centred on the psychopathic Begbie (played by Robert Carlyle in the film) which was suitably intense, shocking and downright funny. 
The play will open here in a fortnight's time and then come to Guadalajara for a one-off show as part of our FIL programme. And we'll have Irvine Welsh in town (including an in-conversation with Retes), so should be fun.

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