Here is a summary of our home circle.
Home circle held 5th July 2016.
A séance linked to a love for theatre.
Interest in a séance is arguably about the objectivity that such a setting can establish. In a room that has been checked and prepared for an investigation experienced members will sit and observe what, if anything, occurs.
In this investigation theatre, a love for it as a location or more what could be achieved on it, was a link for all three of the spirits who were noted through the séance. There was a reference to a comedy persona, someone who knew the stage well and loved the ability it gave to talk face to faces with the audience…she was a lady who had an anniversary which had passed by not that long ago. It was while this lady was being spoken of that a sense of happiness and calm was felt amongst the séance. A sense, even extreme as it was referred to being, can not be validated as well in terms of evidence as something as objectively seen but it was noticed as something that was felt by members. Notably the links to the lady comedienne did not continue, the medium stopped and then began to reference that there was a significantly experienced actor gentlemen in spirit who had a reference to give about his life and merits on the stage. He mentioned through information an anniversary reference that he would like noted. There was a lot to be noted about his achievement in life, his ability to win audiences over through his passionate performance. Research, it is thought matched the gentleman spirit to that of Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM, Kt (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) who was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He worked in films throughout his career and played in more than fifty cinema roles. In the séance the gentleman spoke about how his memories often gave him pleasure, he thought of his important portrayals on stage and about his temperament, which he felt altered considerably when it came to being able to appreciate his role off stage and as a father. Achievement in his home life was something that he appreciated. A lot of links were made to the stage and this was an important arena for him, it was later in his career, that he had considerable success in television roles.
Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh and as Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967), was an English stage and film actress. It was later in the séance that a female who had a passion for the theatre was talked about. Being in the theatre was like being at home she said as a link through the medium. It was that Vivien Leigh did perform in major films as she won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), but this was also a role she had played on stage in London’s West End in 1949. Research has shown that other theatre acclaim links her to having won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway version of Tovarich (1963). It is of interest that information has linked an important anniversary of passing for her to be on the day that this blog is being published and only a few days from when the séance was held. Passion was referred to from the spirit in a talk of how she had to learn to control and adapt her passion for the benefit of an audience, it was a life’s commitment and something she at times felt tired from having to do but it was something she felt made her into the person she had to be.
In the séance it was not until later that the first mention of a lady comedienne was talked of again. Links were made to the lady who was seen by the medium. She talked about a life on stage and how from a young age it gave her a sense of purpose. Fun could get you out of a lot of trouble and into it too, she said and according to information it is thought that the reference was to that of Victoria Wood CBE (19 May 1953 – 20 April 2016) who was an English comedian, actress, singer and songwriter, screenwriter and director. Wood wrote and starred in films, sketches, plays, musicals and sitcoms. She imitated parents to her childhood friends she confided in the séance and told members that as long as you had laughter on your side you could never be truly lonely. Theatre was important for her, as for the previous links, as research after the séance has shown her live comedy to be an important part of what made her image so loved and popular. Her stage act was interspersed with her own compositions, which she performed on piano. Much of her humour was grounded in everyday life and included references to quintessentially “British” activities, she talked about attitudes and products. It was of interest that there was a sense of being at a live stage performance in the séance itself as jokes were told, snippets of confession made and the medium linked all these comedic lines through to members. It had to be noted that the atmosphere felt fun. A comedian who was noted for her skills in observing culture and in satirising habits of social classes, it was something to see members laughing along with the jokes being told.
Wood started her career in 1974 as she appeared on the ATV talent show New Faces. It was that she established herself as a comedy star in the 1980s, winning a BAFTA TV Award in 1986 for the sketch series Victoria Wood as Seen on TV (1985–87), she became one of Britain’s most popular stand-up comics, winning another BAFTA for An Audience with Victoria Wood (1988). In the 1990s she wrote and co-starred in the television film Pat and Margaret (1994) and then in the sitcom Dinnerladies (1998–2000). She won two more BAFTA TV Awards, including Best Actress, for her 2006 ITV1 film on television, Housewife, 49. Wood frequently worked with long-term collaborators who were notable as Julie Walters, Duncan Preston and Celia Imrie. In the séance she was full of affection for her loved ones and she referenced her children, in that she knew what was happening of most importance for them. She talked about a mother, a grandma and that she had loving time with them. A nation’s sadness for her made her sad she said because in life laughter was her aim and she needed for it to be the legacy of laughter that influenced how people felt about her for a long time.
There was unexplained activity noted in the séance. These were in Orbs that were noticed by members and these were unexplained lights that were seen in and beside sitters for a few seconds each. It was a full investigation, while the visual evidence was validated by multiple members and by not having found any explanation as for why they were seen, some of the sense experiences were far more difficult to investigate. Even though the experiences which were shared were not significant as classed evidence it did seem important to note them because they were a part of what was felt in the séance investigation. Poignant and interesting the information links seemed to suggest that the theatre was a passion for all three spirits who were noted in the séance. There were different noted reasons for the three passions but they were all firmly linked in with the theatre as a means for what they would like to talk about.