Nice Wark! Kirsty backs son’s Diana play

Scottish Daily Mail - - School Chaos - By Stu­art MacDon­ald

NEWS­NIGHT pre­sen­ter Kirsty Wark is back­ing plans for her son to put on a play about Princess Diana at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val.

James Cle­ments, 23, has writ­ten a pro­duc­tion called In Her Own Words: The Diana Tapes which he hopes to per­form at the Fringe fes­ti­val in Au­gust.

The play is about the se­cret record­ings Diana made, which formed the ba­sis of An­drew Mor­ton’s con­tro­ver­sial book on her and led to the break­down of her mar­riage to Princes Charles.

Mr Cle­ments, the son of Miss Wark and her TV ex­ec­u­tive hus­band Alan Cle­ments, stud­ied at New York Univer­sity and formed a theatre com­pany with friends in the US. He has set up a fundrais­ing cam­paign on­line aimed at rais­ing £3,500 to travel to Ed­in­burgh and put on the show. Miss Wark, 61, has used her Twit­ter page to urge peo­ple to do­nate to the project, which her son will also act in.

She tweeted: ‘Check out my son’s fundraiser for his up­com­ing @edfringe show about Princess Diana #fond mother.’

A sum­mary of the play on Mr Cle­ments’s fundrais­ing page de­scribes it as a ‘tense thriller’, which ‘presents the true story of one of the great­est me­dia scan­dals in Bri­tish his­tory’.

It con­tin­ues: ‘The writer, James Cle­ments, is a theatre artist who lives be­tween New York and Glas­gow, and this pro­duc­tion will marry the strong cre­ative and artis­tic her­itage of both lo­ca­tions.’

The play will be per­formed at theS­paceUK venue on Ed­in­burgh’s Nid­dry Street from Au­gust 22 to 27.

Royal bi­og­ra­pher Mr Mor­ton wrote his in­ter­na­tional best­seller Diana: Her True Story in 1992.

It was based on seven hours of taped re­sponses to his ques­tions, in which the Princess talks openly of her bu­limia bat­tle and her heartache over her hus­band’s long af­fair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Mr Cle­ments is no stranger to the Fringe, hav­ing made his de­but three years ago in a play called Dear Friend.

Icon: Princess Diana at the Na­tional Bal­let in 1997

Sup­port: Mr Cle­ments and Miss Wark

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