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Stage Editorial

tarot20.jpg (Coronavirus Update) Play your cards fright

(Due to the Government announcement, The Stand have taken the decision to cancel all immediate shows at their Newcastle venue until Monday 13th April. This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis)

If you see anything funnier in April that the sketch troupe Tarot then I’ll eat my dress (and it’s a maternity dress). They’re at Stand in Newcastle.

This is a tarot reading like no other. Audience members select the cards and then the sketches materialise from what is presented to the macabre trio. When I saw the show at the Edinburgh Fringe this involved everything from scenes set in a sauna – in which micro towels were in severe danger of being whipped away – to a gory childbirth. There was even an appearance from Satan himself. Directed by Kiri Pritchard-McLean (FYI: A very funny woman) the show nabbed Chortle’s Top Comedy Show of 2019. They were moved to declare: “The balls-out funniest show of the Fringe”. The trio is made up of two members of Gein’s Family Giftshop (“brilliant” according to League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith) and Goose (“brilliant” according to the Guardian). And, praise be, support comes from Gein’s Family Giftshop AND Goose, who will also be doing some sketches.

Tarot, Monday 27 April, Stand, High Bridge, Newcastle, doors 7pm (show starts 8.30pm), £14. thestand.co.uk