I’ve seen some pretty unusual things at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, but I don’t think I’ve seen a show as unusual as The Singing Psychic. Yes, you read that correctly – Marysia Trembecka is a psychic that sings, and not just random songs either, but the songs in your heart. I have to admit, I was very sceptical when I read about this show, but curiosity got the better of me and I had to come and check her out.
All Trembecka’s ever wanted to do is sing and read the hearts of her audiences, and she’s supposedly been doing it since she was a child. Now, in her show The Singing Psychic, that’s exactly what she does. She intersperses the narrative of her own life with moments of audience interaction – for instance asking when your birthday is and singing a song from the time. She then makes deductions about you as a person and your life, and sometimes she’s actually pretty accurate…
Whether or not you believe in the supernatural stuff, there’s no denying that Trembecka has a great voice and an engaging presence about her. Stepping into the small underground room beneath The Street pub, you begin to feel safe in the knowledge that she’ll look after you during the time you spend with her.
While her act can get a little bit repetitive at times, Trembecka just about manages to maintain her grip on her audience with her positive persona and lovely, clear singing voice. She maintains her connection with you throughout and keeps you engaged, though she may wish to think of something to fill the numerous silences that occur between her asking for birthdays and deciding on songs to sing. Background music might be useful in these instances, masking the awkward air that inevitably arises from the clinking of glasses and coughs of a quiet audience waiting for to be entertained.
The Singing Psychic piques your curiosity just from its name, perhaps it even puts you off, but it’s certainly unfair to jump to conclusions from the name alone. Give Trembecka a chance and you may find yourself very pleasantly surprised. For a free show just under an hour, it’s perfect for some light entertainment, though the supernatural gimmick might not be to everyone’s taste.
I have a feeling that, when Trembecka gets more confident and bulks out her show a little bit more with things to keep the audience engaged throughout, she’ll really blossom. Her show is a refreshingly simple alternative to other Free Fringe events, and is full of nothing but good vibes that will leave you laughing long after you have climbed out of The Street’s basement.
The Singing Psychic is playing at The Street on the Mile until August 27.