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Sometimes the start of the new year can be difficult. Once you’ve got past the festivities of New Year’s Eve, you’re left with a depleted bank balance, a fuzzy head and the cold, dark nights of unending January. Time for a laugh to offset the gloom, right?

Gein’s Family Giftshop are a comedy group, of sorts – they’ve attracted a plethora of frothing five-star reviews, won awards aplenty, ensured they’re one of the most anticipated presences of recent Edinburgh Fringes and garnered comparisons to forefathers like The League of Gentlemen (or perhaps local anarcho-comedy troupe Silly Billies) and they’re bringing their latest show to The Stand on Monday 15th January.

Gein’s Family Giftshop also delight in a brutally macabre variant of the sketch show, that rejects the comforts of light entertainment throwbacks or overt wackiness, for something far more sinister and shocking (and yes, often very very funny indeed.)

Performed by Kath Hughes, new guy Adam Scott Rowley, and Edward Easton in overgrown PE kits (fourth Giftshop member Kiri Pritchard-McLean maintains a non-performing presence as a writer/director), their marriage of surreal wit, provocative logic and blunt Salfordian deadpan makes for a remarkable performance. If you’re not afraid of keeping your January bleak, make sure to dive right in.

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