Tarot (4 stars)

Tarot

Sketch heaven as a talented trio raise hell and hilarity

The perfect show to perform and witness in a late-night sweaty attic, it will be interesting to see how the Tarot trio fare with their extra dates in a much bigger room at lunchtime. Ed Easton and Kath Hughes from Gein's Family Giftshop have teamed up with Goose man Adam Drake, and his bug-eyed physicality allied to their finely tuned sense of what can be both horrible and hilarious makes for deliciously dark results.

Each night could potentially be different as the scenes they act out are based on their audience's loud prompting (in a Play Your Cards Right style) of the numbered tarot cards hanging at the back of the room. Hughes gets it in the neck (face and eyes) as the opening two routines that are chosen end up with her being a very messy victim on both occasions and left to stay the course of the hour in her drenched white cassock. She is reasonably chipper about this, and the overall vibe of the evening is of three performers having just as much fun as the hyped-up crowd; rarely does a sketch go by without each one breaking character to discuss how things will play out, and occasionally attempting to undermine one another's confidence.

With director Kiri Pritchard-McLean watching from the wings, the gang race through the skits which hit their targets far more often than not. A lengthy joke about a man not catching his new girlfriend's name and then trying to surreptitiously discover it over the course of years takes a demonic and wholly unexpected turn for its punchline. The show continues in this open vein until the finale where the devil himself invades the stage with a note-perfect merging of the comedic and the horrific.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 10.45pm, 23 & 24 Aug, 1.30pm, £9–£10 (£8.50–£9.50).

Tarot

  • 4 stars

Berk's Nest, Gein's Family Giftshop and Goose The twisted minds of Gein's Family Giftshop ('Brilliant' (Reece Shearsmith)) and sweaty bodies of Goose ('Brilliant' (Guardian)) combine to bring you something brand new: Tarot. In the attic of a cobbled Edinburgh courtyard, a live tarot reading is held. Sketches spin out…

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