Theatre Review: Psychic Sally, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

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Image Source: Epstein Theatre

Written By: Seán Fitzsimmons

Format: Psychic Show
Genre: Psychic Show
Date: September 25 2018
Location: Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

As one of television’s most famous psychics celebrates her 10-year anniversary tour, Psychic Sally is keen to remind people that “there’s no such thing as coincidence”.

Perhaps more so is the ‘coincidence’ that most of those who stood to receive a message were quick to add that this was their second or third time at one of Sally’s shows. It is clear that there exists a very constant and faithful following, who very much “buy-in” to Sally’s methods.

As the show begins, the disclaimer is writ-large that the events to follow are “investigational and for the purpose of entertainment”… Cathartic tears of grief, it seems, would be the main means of this spectacle.

Observers must be careful – aside from speculation of ‘plants’ in the audience or other trickery – as for the most part, these are real people with real grief. They have turned up in their hundreds in the hope of a glimmer of reassurance that a lost loved one is not ‘gone’ from their lives completely, and that in some way, a connection exists.

Sally is of course happy to oblige, and has forged a lucrative career; providing messages to celebrities, theatre and television audiences, not to mention her book sales. Keen to push her social media presence, the whole show was peppered with urges to ‘follow’ Sally’s Facebook pages and even opportunities to text (charges apply) a special number to receive the chance to win a reading from Sally.

Sally’s ‘messages’ vary from the precise (“His birthday was the 19th of August”) to the more vague (“I’m getting a Barry … no Gary … no Gaz … ah yes it’s gaz, gasss, gas. It was a gas leak. Oh that’s it, the central heating went off”).

The psuedo-scientific explanations such as “energy balls” appear to be enough to convince the majority of the audience. Time and time again, the tenuous links of generic first names and common symptoms experienced at the end of life (breathlessness, pain, loss of faculties) are enough to summon tears and rounds of applause.

The claim of this show is to entertain, and the purpose of this review is to critique the show’s ability to do just that. For that reason, it is unarguably a show that does what it says on the tin; with nearly all of the attendees exiting with either smiles, or tears of relief.

Is Sally psychic? That I cannot say. Is Sally gifted? Well, she is certainly a very talented business-woman.

Overall Rating: 5/10 – Average