Theatre review: The Seer
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: The Seer at Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61), reviewed by Fiona Shepherd
The cast of The Seer have a ball with their would-be riotous and irreverent portrait of teen poet prodigy Arthur Rimbaud and his gay experiences in Paris, specifically his stormy relationship with fellow poet Paul Verlaine. Such a ball that the narrator, a straight academic type, is eager to get in on the action himself – who wouldn’t with all that snogging going on?
However, the knowing wackiness and indulgent hysteria of the performance quickly becomes as tedious as the noise of someone else’s rowdy party and the company fail to convince that Rimbaud’s life is a suitable case for comedic treatment.
MORE INFO: The Seer at Underbelly, Cowgate (Venue 61), until 25 August
Originally published in The Scotsman