Performers (3 stars)

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Making its debut in Edinburgh, Performers is a black comedy from Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh. The longtime collaborators have turned their attention to 1960s swinging London and the making of the film Performance, a violent and trippy cult film that starred Mick Jagger and James Fox. The play revolves around two gangsters auditioning for roles and how far they will go to impress. Sexuality, identity, memory and Francis Bacon are examined as the pair try to make sense of the situation they have found themselves in. In 1960s swinging London, naked ambition trumps everything.

Some strong language

Age category: 14+

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Reviews & features


24 Aug 20173 stars

Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh's play is an awkward late 60s comedy romp about exploitation

Irvine Welsh and Dean Cavanagh's play, directed by Nick Moran, sees London underworld and arthouse tangle uncomfortably. When iconoclastic filmmakers Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg were in production talks for classic hallucinatory drama Performance, they…

Irvine Welsh – 'The festival has opened up the city in a lot of ways. It's an essential part of what Edinburgh is about'

1 Aug 2017

We get the lowdown from the legendary Scottish author on his trio of shows being staged at this year's Fringe

Irvine Welsh is getting greedy. The Scottish author has three shows at this year's Fringe: Performers, Creatives and Trainspotting Live. 'You've got London in the 60s, Edinburgh in the 80s and Chicago in the present day,' says Welsh. 'That's probably…

Irvine Welsh by the letters

12 Jul 2017

As Irvine Welsh brings two stage productions to this year's Fringe, we take a mnemonic look at the man who reshaped the landscape of 90s Scottish literature

A prominent Yes campaigner in 2014, Irvine Welsh described the vote against independence as a 'glorious failure which might also be [Scotland's] finest hour'.

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