Call Me Vicky - Pleasance, Islington
Monday 7 January 2019
Off-West End - Shows
A debut play based on a true story, written by sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland, is a hard-hitting, comic production charting a transition from male to female in a time far less understanding than the present day.
Image courtesy Emily Ross
Written by sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland, Call Me Vicky is a debut play based entirely on a true story which will play at the Pleasance, Islington from 19 February to 9 March 2019.
Directed by Victoria Gimby, Call Me Vicky is an honest, frank and revealing insight into an important struggle that has been relevant for generations.
Having grown up on a council estate in South London and worked in the back streets of Soho, drinking, drugs and violence were common place when Vicky was overcoming all the adversity and ostracism that surrounded her transitioning.
Will the love of Vicky's friends, family and drag queens be enough to get her through the toughest of times?
Stacey and Nicola Bland said ...
"Call Me Vicky is very personal to us and we are thrilled that this incredible true story is being told.
We like to think it has something for everyone.
It will make you laugh, cry and gasp in disbelief.
In the 1980s it was almost unheard of for someone to transition yet Vicky's story is still so relevant, and we feel it is important to see how her struggles paved the way for the 21st Century Trans Community."
The show stars Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, ITV; Hetty Feather, BBC; Quartet, UK Tour; Hatched 'n' Dispatched, Park Theatre; White Christmas, Dominion Theatre) as Sylvie.
Completing the cast are:
Stacey Victoria Bland (Aladdin, Thameside Theatre; Don't Dress for Dinner, UK Tour; Home Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East)
Nicola Bland (Pickles, ITV; Tits/Teeth, Soho Theatre; Casualty, BBC One)
Matt Greenwood (Bohemian Rhapsody, 20th Century Fox; The A Word, BBC/Sundance TV; Voya & Goliath, National Youth Theatre)
Ben Welch (Mythic, Charing Cross Theatre; Jack Rooke's Happy Hour, Soho Theatre; The Leftovers, Curve Theatre) and
Adam Young (Two For Joy, Blonde to Black Productions; No Quarter, Soho Theatre; Sex Education, Netflix).
Call Me Vicky will be part of Pleasance Theatre's #YouWillKnowTheirNames season which is a game changing line-up of new writing, showcasing the most daring and original new voices.
"For the last time, it's not Martin … It's Vicky!"
It's 1980 in Elephant and Castle.
Sixteen year old Martin and best friend Debbie are getting ready for another night out at Martin's favourite night spot "The Golden Girl", one of Soho's premier drag clubs.
Tonight is not a regular night out.
Tonight is the the night that Martin's life will change forever.
Call Me Vicky tells the incredible true story of one woman's journey to become the person she knows herself to be.
Sylvie - Wendi Peters
Vicky - Matt Greenwood
Debbie - Nicola Bland
Gabby - Stacey Victoria Bland
Sid - Adam Young
Fat Pearl - Ben Welch
Author: Stacey Victoria Bland and Nicola Bland
Director: Victoria Gimby
Designer: Martha Hegarty
Lighting: Holly Ellis
Sound: Jac Cooper
From: Tuesday 19 February 2019
Closed: Saturday 9 March 2019
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