A PERFORMANCE by a psychic medium at the Craic Theatre in Coalisland, will still go ahead this Friday despite creating some controversy in the local community.
Charity worker, Bosco McShane, claims artists like Claire Ziritt, who hosts workshops and “demonstrations of mediumship” are “playing on the vulnerabilities” of the bereaved and those with mental health issues.
Mr McShane told the TIMES he was concerned about the potential impact such events would have on people in emotional distress or those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.
“First of all I would like to emphasise that I am not having a knock at the Craic Theatre, because they do great work in the community and always have done. I am also not denying that people have psychic abilities as we all do to an extent, but I just think the timing of this event, before Christmas, when people who are bereaved are most vulnerable and lonely, has to be called into question.”
Ms Ziritt said : “Everybody is entitled to their own opinions. I always tell people that there is no guarantee that they are going to get anything by coming to a show but if I do manage to give a person something, that can be a comfort to them. I believe in God and I believe in being a good person.”
A spokesperson for the Craic Theatre said: “This show is a form of entertainment and people should be free to decide where they want to go and the type of event they wish to pay money to go and see.
“It is up to people who buy tickets to decide what they want to believe just like those who are opposed to it.”