AS unusual Fringe venues go, the back seat of a car must surely be one of the more unorthodox in the programme.
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Sweet Venues, Grassmarket
Set in a Grassmarket carpark, an audience of seven (two pairs and a trio) switch between three cars over 45 minutes, as they listen in on the conversations of a driver and their passenger.
It’s an odd and occasionally awkward feeling being so close, yet disconnected.
In the first car, a middle-aged, middle-class couple are on their way to a first-date meal. The chit-chat is as gauche and silly as you might expect from a twosome making small talk.
Later on, a husband and wife, about to celebrate 40 years of marriage, get uncomfortably close to the truth that the husband is experiencing the early stages of dementia.
The third, meanwhile, concerns a bossy, oppressive mother who chastises her teenage daughter for getting involved with older boys. The roles, however, are reversed when the daughter suspects her mother of having a lesbian affair.
This Time Tomorrow is a novel concept that will undoubtedly appeal to people’s voyeuristic nature. The cars might not go anywhere - the windows are blacked out - but at least the stories do.