Sunday 6th August 22.20
Last year I caught "Gein's Family Giftshop" on tour in Cardiff, with Kiri Pritchard-Mclean on support, and loved them (it was a great night). I was disappointed they didn't perform at last year's Edinburgh festival but we really enjoyed Family member James Meehan's solo show "Class Act".
This year I was delighted they were returning to the Scottish capital but somewhat surprised to discover that James had recently left the group, though it seems to have been more of a surprise for the remaining funsters themselves.
When we enter the auditorium Kath Hughes and Edward Easton are lumbering up on stage with 2 additional performers -
who may or may not get involved in the action later (oh, I think I have just worked that joke out!)
We have always loved good sketch comedy and have been amazed that in recent years this has become a dying art form.
"Gein's" are one of the last recognised groups standing and proved they are (arguably) the top of the tree with a collection
of sketches , which may (or may not) be inter-linked.
They also showed what great writers they are by providing a twist which is genuinely surprising, unexpected and very
clever. They also possess a lot of attitude which is refreshing in these "eager to please" days.
Whenever you read about "Gein's" the words edgy, dark and references to "The League Of Gentlemen" are not far behind.
To be honest I don't really see the link, all I know is that they are very, very funny.
So, if you fancy "in your face" sketch comedy "Gein's Family Giftshop" is the show for you. Go.