The Multi-Award winning Gein’s Family Giftshop return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Volume 3 of their highly-anticipated show at the Pleasance Courtyard from 2-28 August.
Like persistent dandruff; Kath Hughes, Edward Easton, James Meehan and Kiri Pritchard-Mclean (the silent member in name only) are back, and they are itching to show you what they’ve come up with. Skin ailments aside, the 4 strong, 5 star sketch group can’t wait to hawk out their third hour.
We caught up with the creators for a quick chat:
There’s a definite theme with your sketches – that theme being dark, often bloody and a slight serial-killeresque vibe – can we expect similar with your upcoming return to this year’s Fringe Festival?
Blood, loads of it. We’ve got shares in a fake blood company so all this is an elaborate ruse just to get kids using fake blood more. We want “splashing your sleeping parents with blood” to be the new fidget spinners.
You are particularly known for your dark comedic style, yet you still seem to bring the shock factor to your shows. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the audience just haven’t got it? Especially at a festival like The Fringe, with daily performances and its masses of diverse people.
Saturday audiences, not our crowd.
You took time out from the Fringe last year to concentrate on touring. How was the tour and are you excited to be returning this year with Volume 3?
The tour was a dream come true. We got to go to Exeter and performed through 5 fire alarms and our audiences were unrelentingly lovely.
Here’s a sentence we could have said before the tour – “you haven’t lived till you’ve played Aldershot”.
You were nominated for Best Newcomer back in 2014 in the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards, are there any newcomers that have caught your eye that you think we should be checking out this year?
Jon Pointing is incredible. Like, proper brilliant. We want to cave his head in with a rock he’s so good.
What’s next for GFG once the festival’s out the way? Possible TV sketch show?
I mean that’s the dream isn’t it? Being paid to be on telly with your best mates, hurling blood around like an irresponsible blood bank. We’d love to do more radio because we don’t have to brush our teeth or hair for that.
I think we’re off on tour because there’s a feeling in the nation at the moment that provincial art centres are really missing a dose of fast, niche, dark and naturalistic sketch comedy.