LONDON – Sister scriptwriters Nicola and Stacey Bland are set to premiere their debut play this February. Based on a true story, Call Me Vicky brings audiences back to Elephant & Castle in 1980s, as Martin and his best friend Debbie are about to head to Soho’s premier drag club – The Golden Girl. But unbeknownst to them, this will be a night that will change Martin’s life forever, one that will awaken her to her true self and begin her process of transition into Vicky.
Directed by Victoria Gimby, Call Me Vicky is an honest, frank and revealing insight into an important struggle that has been relevant for generations, and continues even today. For Vicky, who grows up on a council estate in South London and worked in the back streets of Soho, the world she lives in is one filled with drinking, drugs and violence, where her transition is threatened from all fronts by adversity and ostracism. Will the love of Vicky’s friends, family and drag queens be enough to get her through the toughest of times?
The cast of Call Me Vicky stars a myriad cast, including Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, ITV; Hetty Feather, BBC), Matt Greenwood as Vicky, Adam Young and Ben Welch. Says playwrights Stacey and Nicola, who also star in the play: “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.”
Call Me Vicky plays as part of Pleasance Theatre’s #YouWillKnowTheirNames season, featuring a game changing line-up of new writing, showcasing the most daring and original new voices. Come watch this powerful production and watch as Vicky works to triumph in the face of the biggest of adversities in a London that isn’t quite as welcoming as the one we know and live in today.
Call Me Vicky plays at the Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF from 19th February – 9th March 2019. Tickets available here