When Alison Wearing first cracked open her father’s diary, from a box recovered from the basement, she knew that she was on to something.
“The very first page of the diary had an entry that said, ‘Last night I made out with a Roman Catholic priest.’ It was at that point that I knew I had a gold mine,” she says.
A one-woman show that has since been turned into a book, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter tells the story of growing up with a flamboyant father who lived a double life, as a gay man on the weekend and as a seemingly straight father to Wearing and her two brothers during the week.
With her father’s blessing, Wearing has crafted a tale that not only reflects compassionately on her father’s coming-out journey, but on her own, too, as she gradually came to terms with being a fairy’s daughter.
(A version of this introduction first appeared in the August 29, 2013 edition of Xtra!)
Culture Vulture David C Jones catches up with Wearing as she gets ready to open Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter at the 2013 Vancouver Fringe.
Visit http://www.vancouverfringe.com for tickets and showtimes.