It was hard to not compare Colin's performance with Sally Morgan last year. Although he had some witty one liners, and relaxed the audience, for me there seemed to be something lacking. Maybe that was just me.
People go to these shows for many reasons, .A large number of them are seeking answers to problems or just want the chance to speak to loved ones who have passed over. At the start of the show a disembodied voice warns that this is for entertainment and education only. Though lets be honest probably 90% of the audience are there to connect to the other side. Nothing wrong with this. Though a public venue for personal issues does not always sit well.
Personally I have always felt the presence of both my grandmother and my father. I believe they are there with me giving love and support in difficult times. Though this may be a continuation of the love they gave me in life. The unconditional love a parent feels for a child or grandchild that does not disappear in death. I felt no need of a public affirmation of this fact.
So why did I go? It was a good evening out, for less than the cost of a decent meal out. Would I go again? Maybe not to Colin Fry, but we do have tickets to a return visit of Sally Morgan in July. There is no doubt they are both sincere in what they do, though maybe Sally has the edge for creating a more homely atmosphere. Both happily signed autographs and books at the end and we had our pictures taken with them. And maybe, just maybe I too was subconsciously seeking answers to life's difficult questions.