For the last time, it’s not Martin… it’s Vicky!
Former Coronation Street star Wendi Peters heads the cast in Call Me Vicky, a gender swap play from sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland, that is based entirely on a true story.
It premieres Downstairs at London’s Pleasance Theatre next month.
This hard-hitting and poignant comic production charts Vicky’s transition from male to female in a time that was far less understanding than the world we live in today.
Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, ITV; Hetty Feather, BBC; Quartet, UK Tour; Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched, Park Theatre; White Christmas, Dominion Theatre) stars as Sylvie.
It’s 1980 in Elephant and Castle. 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.
But tonight is not a regular night out. Tonight is the night that will change Martin’s life forever.
Directed by Victoria Gimby, Call Me Vicky is an honest, frank and revealing insight into a struggle that has been relevant for generations.
Vicky had to overcome adversity and ostracism after growing up on a tough council estate in South London, and working in the back streets of Soho where drinking, drugs and violence were commonplace.
Will the love of Vicky’s friends, family and drag queens be enough to get her through the hardest of times?
Stacey and Nicola 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”.
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).
The production 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.
Call Me Vicky runs from February 19 – March 9.