Review: Truth, Lies, Diana

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Genre: Comedy, drama

Venue: Charing Cross Theatre

Website: Truth, Lies, Diana

Written by Jon Conway / Produced by Jon Conway Productions

Lowdown

Truth, Lies Diana is a ‘factional’ drama containing sensational new information about the death of Princess Diana presented in a thrilling unique theatrical format.

With meticulous forensic research, revelations from previously silent sources and access to Police witness statements and court transcripts, the nine handed performance uses the actual words spoken by a cast of characters including James Hewitt, Piers Morgan, Paul Burrell, Mohammed Al Fayed, members of MI6, witnesses to Diana’s crash, and the British Royal Family.’

Review

Truth, Lies, Diana finished its London run on Valentine’s Day, so apologies that you’re getting this review a little late, as I saw it at its penultimate show. The show was played at the Charing Cross Theatre, a tiny venue tucked away in the arches by Embankment tube station, one of London’s equivalent ‘Off-Broadway’ theatres.

The play centres on the life of Ray, played by author Jon Conway, a reporter who is obsessed with the death of Diana. He re-examines the death of Diana, taking into account fact as it happened with a sprinkling of his own imagination, indeed, the character of Noble is entirely fictional. Noble, portrayed by Maurice Thorogood, was designed to represent ‘the Establishment’, the judiciary and the Government all rolled into one, or in Diana’s words, one of the ‘men in grey’.

Truth, Lies, Diana is a bizarre juxtaposition of being incredibly political whilst being entirely non-political at the same time. It is non-partisan and does not mention the Government at all, however it is political in so much as it refers to ‘the Establishment’, features a judge, and regularly refers to members of the British monarchy. It is political with a small ‘p’ as opposed to overtly Government bashing.

I tend to steer clear of conspiracy theories, and I struggle to use that buy neurontin 300mg online description to this play, but I do hasten to add that I would not call it sound truth either. The play opens up different avenues of thinking about Diana’s death, and raises questions that have perhaps always been there. Conway uses verbatim transcripts for the legal scenes, so while these scenes are rooted in fact, they could also easily be twisted and manipulated to fit with a specific theory that any conspirator may have.

The play was incredibly well acted, with a small cast taking on a number of often challenging roles. The role of Suzy, Ray’s wife is played by Kim Tiddy, of The Bill and Hollyoaks fame. Whilst Diana is not portrayed in the play, Tiddy does read out sections of letters written by the Princess, giving her a somewhat ethereal stage presence.

Conway met with the audience after the show, and he remarked that not many people under the age of 30 attend the show. I went with a friend who, like me, was six when Diana died, so we understandably could not answer the question of where we were when we heard the news. However, we do remember the time, and the subdued nature of the nation in the period afterwards, showing the reach that Diana had.

It must be said that we will never know the entire circumstances surrounding Diana’s death, but is there a reason for us to? I left the theatre with a profound sense of sorrow for Princes William and Harry, Diana was their mother and whilst we may have questions about her death, we must respect their memories of her.

The title of Truth, Lies, Diana, is incredibly accurate, the play is full of truth and lies wrapped up together in a thespian spider’s web of emotion.

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Charlie Smoothy 6 Articles
Charlie is a University of Leeds Politics graduate, currently working in the heart of British Politics.

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