Seb Lime
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 1st Aug 2005
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  • ★★★★★

Chris Chapman's take on the classic Faust tale is surrealistically comic. Our hero, Sebastian Lime, is a narcissistic Casanova and painfully good-looking to boot. As such he is prone to sexual adventure without really thinking through the consequences. After cheating on his girlfriend, Sophie, and her subsequent demise under the wheels of an articulated lorry, Seb makes a deal with an Id monster. This, of course, is doomed from the start and in a final twist we realise Seb hasn't learnt any lessons today.

If this all seems a little confusing, it's meant to be. We slip in and out of reality throughout the show, and the lines between Seb's nightmares and the real world are intentionally blurred.

Through a series of bitingly satirical scenes, Chapman's script is peppered with killer one-liners and hilarious situations. Mangled cats become props and emergency room tragedy becomes the perfect setting for slapstick comedy.

Seb is played masterfully by Andrew Jackson, who is as lovable as he is a scoundrel; James Johnson paints a devilishly camp portrayal of Toby, the Id monster and Seb's best pal Harry is acted with nerdy enthusiasm by Guy Hixon.

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