The Diana Tapes at Stockwell Playhouse
Wednesday 21 February 2018
Drama - Off-West End - Shows
The true story of one of the greatest ever media scandals - the publication of Andrew Morton's book 'Princess Diana, Her True Story in Her Own Words' - will be at Stockwell Playhouse from 26 June.
Ana Cristina Schuler plays Diana, Princess of Wales
Lovers of scandal and royal intrigue will be in for a treat by the looks of it as a new play is slated to get its London premiere at Stockwell Playhouse.
Written by James Clements and directed by Wednesday Sue Derrico, The Diana Tapes is the true story of one of the biggest media scandals in British history - the publication of Andrew Morton's book about Princess Diana entitled 'Diana Her True Story in Her Own Words', which ended her marriage and shook the monarchy to its foundations.
Based on actual transcripts from the Princess's tapes, the production tells Diana's story in her own words giving voice to a woman so often defined by images and archetypes.
The Diana Tapes is a co-production between New York-based What Will the Neighbors Say? company and Stockwell Playhouse.
It will have its New York premiere at HERE (145 6th Avenue) from May 24 - June 10 before transfering to London.
It was initially workshopped at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was shortlisted for the Holden Street Theatre Award.
Further workshop runs in Providence, New York and Toronto met with acclaim, with critics calling the production "intricate and compelling, (BroadwayWorld) "entrancing," (Motif ) "tense and provocative," (The Providence Journal ) and "timely and relevant" (Mooney on Theatre).
The Diana Tapes cast (left to right) James Clements (Andrew Morton), Jorge Morales Picó (James Colthurst), Ana Cristina Schuler (Diana, Princess of Wals), and Sam Hood Adrain (Michael O'Mara) Photo by Pablo Calderón-Santiago.
About the playwright
James Clements is a Scottish interdisciplinary theatre maker and actor based between New York and Glasgow.
His techniques merge voice, movement and text to create socio-cultural dialogues on stage and between creatives.
Mr Clements has worked with a diverse range of artists, including Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kate Whoriskey, and the Talking Band, and has appeared at
venues including La MaMa, IRT, and WOW Café Theatre.
He has been on the creative team for projects at Lincoln Center LCT3, the Public Theatre, and the American Theatre of Actors, and his original plays have been performed in cities across the United States, Canada and the UK.
He is an affiliated instructor for Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Co-Artistic Director of What Will the Neighbors Say? a new theatre company with a mission to provoke questions through untold stories.
In 2015, Mr Clements received a grant from Donn Russell of the Peg Sandvoort Foundation for the development of new work.
About the director
Wednesday Sue Dericio is a director, performer, producer, and arts manager based in New York.
Recent credits include co-directing HVMLET, an original adaptation for the She NYC Arts Festival, producing Sophie Amieva's Medusa at Happy Lucky No.1, and producing/casting/art directing the independent feature film Santamaria directed by Alex Cherney.
She has appeared and created at venues including the Park Avenue Armory, IRT Theatre, the Connelly Theater, and WOW Café Theatre.
Ms Derrico is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of production company Experimental Bitch Presents, and dedicates her life to personal, political art and establishing platforms for diverse creators from all walks of life.
Based on the real transcripts from the Princess's tapes, the show moves between Morton's office, the sitting room where the Princess recorded her darkest secrets onto audio cassettes, and the dingy West London cafe where one of her best friends surreptitiously handed them over.
The subterfuge and deception are brought to a scorching climax that changed celebrity, privacy, and the Windsor family forever.
The question remains: who was the victim, and who the victor?
The production gives voice to a woman so often defined by images and archetypes, and instead presents her complex and multifaceted reality.
It tells her story in her own words.
Ana Cristina Schuler (Diana, Pincess of Wales)
James Clements (Andrew Morton)
Jorge Morales Picó (James Colthurst)
Sam Hood Adrain (Michael O'Mara)
Author: James Clements
Director: Wednesday Sue Derrico
Designer: Mairi MacIness
Sound: Adam Welsh, Jorge Morales Picó
From: Tuesday 26 June 2018
Closes: Friday 13 July 2018
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