Monday, August 10, 1998 Published at 20:41 GMT 21:41 UK
Festival row over Diana jokes
The death of Princess Diana is this year's irreverent topic at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. BBC Arts correspondent Rosie Millard investigates the controversy.
Some people say it is in very bad taste, others however say that it is really the creative sector respecting her and marking her in its way.
Edinburgh city councillor Daphne Sleigh thinks the wider public will be amazed to hear about the fringe's sense of humour.
David Benson's one man show at one of the Fringe's most established venues is a heavily ironic account of the funeral.
He believes pointing up the absurd in real life is the role of comedian.
"I'm trying to say well this is what you saw, but this was what was behind it and that can produce a laugh, because people think, well, I haven't thought of it that way, but I haven't actually dared express it."
Lord Deedes, friend of Diana Princess of Wales, said: "A lot of people have different views about Diana and how they wish to express them in a free country is up to them."
"Comedy is tragedy plus time. We can maybe do jokes about the Battle of Hastings, but it would have been awful at that time. But a well crafted joke, is a well crafted joke."
Patrick Barlow who plays Charles says a year after Diana's death laughs are perhaps just what we need.
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