Dancing nimbly around the life of 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud, The Seer mixes an absurdist comedic streak with a life story that is often less than pleasant – rape, poverty and ostracisation blend with slapstick and farce for an unusual piece from reliably off-kilter Penn Dixie Productions. The performances are whip-crack speedy throughout, and while the whole thing runs off the rails or into repetition now and then, the entire performance is pitched at a speed too frenetic to care. And the cherry on top? An enormous talking sphincter, dispatching plotting, humour and a prescient Chekhov’s gun. Madness.
The Seer is playing at Underbelly until August 25th.
Tickets: £10.50 (£9.50)