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Rubber

at ZOO Southside

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Although it times it may be too close for comfort it is an insightful look into some important subject matter.

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This “show” may well be one of the most unique, disturbing and thought-provoking pieces of theatre Fringe-goers can get on board with this August.

It has been stated many times before that everywhere becomes a venue during the Festival Fringe – theatres, pubs, living rooms, the street – and this ticket comes with a venue disclaimer: ‘This performance takes place in a car.’ The two audience members climb into the back and prepare for a most intimate production.

Hayden Munt, co-writer and lead male actor, is in the car already, scruffily dressed and awaiting a phone call. When the call comes those in the back of the car become instantly aware there is something dodgy going on with his character, Tom, and soon after girlfriend Jess (Sophia Luu), joins the small group.

There is no interaction between the actors in the front and the audience in the back as the car rumbles on to its final destination but in between there are some dramatic pit stops where adult themes such as sex work, manipulation, drug addiction and abuse are thrust upon the pair on the back.

It does at times feel too close for comfort and it is difficult not to be acutely aware of passers-by and curtain-twitchers wondering just what is going on on their street (all neighbours were flyered before the festival to alert them to events) but it is engrossing and teaches much about what horrors could be going on right under our noses.

This is a piece of theatre designed to educate and when it has reached its dramatic climax director and co-writer, Patrick Wilson, drives the (very) small audience back into Edinburgh giving ample opportunity for a question and answer about what has just been witnessed and the themes covered. It is an insightful look into how the production came about and the need for such hard-hitting themes to be covered.

It was a fascinating ride and one that all who can stomach it should be encouraged to see.