Call Me Vicky (play)

Call Me Vicky is a play written by sisters Nicola Bland and Stacey Bland and first performed in 2019 at The Pleasance Theatre, London.

Call Me Vicky
Written byNicola Bland and Stacey Bland
Date premiered2019
SettingSoho, London; Elephant and Castle, London


The debut play from sisters Nicola and Stacey Bland is based on an entirely true story, which had been kept secret within their family for many years. The character of Vicky is the sisters' real-life aunty and the character of Debbie, their real-life mother. The writers discovered when they reached adulthood that Vicky was born biologically male and had transitioned before they were born. They began to hear stories from their mother, Vicky, and Vicky's mother about her journey from male to female, with all the trials and tribulations that ensued. The sisters, independently of each other, began writing about the stories they'd been told. And upon discovering that they had each starting writing about it, they teamed up to create the play text subsequently published and performed.[1][2][non-primary source needed][3]


The play charts Vicky's journey through five years of her life from 1980 to 1985. The story begins with Vicky and best friend Debbie getting ready for a night out in the council flat in Elephant and Castle where Vicky lives with her mother, Sylvie. The two visit the Golden Girl club in the backstreets of Soho where Vicky goes on to find work as a drag queen, alongside her various jobs in the sex work industry; all in aid to save up for her sex reassignment surgery. Drugs and other illegal acts ensue until an encounter with a prospective client goes wrong and Vicky finds herself in prison, at the mercy of abusive prison officers and fellow inmates. Throughout all of this, Vicky manages to find love in the form of Sid, whom she met at the Golden Girl club earlier in the story, and mends her tumultuous relationship with her mother. The play ends five years from when we first meet Vicky and her friends and family. Vicky has had her long-awaited surgery and has settled down with Sid, and the closing scene ends with the revelation that best friend Debbie is expecting a baby, and Vicky is to become an aunty.[4][5]

Theatrical ProductionEdit

Call Me Vicky was first performed at The Pleasance Theatre, London from February to March 2019 as part of The Pleasance Theatre's #YouWillKnowTheirNames season. Directed by Victoria Gimby, the cast included Wendi Peters as Vicky's mum, Sylvie; Matt Greenwood as Vicky; Nicola Bland as Vicky's best friend, Debbie; Ben Welch as drag queen, Fat Pearl; Adam Young as Vicky's love interest, Sid; and Stacey Victoria Bland as Vicky's friend, Gabby.[6][7]

In November 2019, writer Stacey Bland revealed on Twitter that she and her sister and co-writer Nicola Bland were working on turning the stage play into a screen play, following a successful theatrical run.[8][non-primary source needed]


The play's debut run received widespread praise from critics. Upper Circle Theatre observed: "Beautifully written, directed and acted, Call Me Vicky reminds us how far we’ve come yet how much further we still need to go regarding rights and acceptance with the transgender community." Theatre Things wrote: "A powerful, eye-opening debut from Nicola and Stacey Bland, Call Me Vicky is well worth a watch."[9][10][11][non-primary source needed]

The debut production also received much praise for the performances of Peters and Greenwood,[12][13][14] and garnered five nominations for the 2019 Off-West End Theatre Awards, known as The Offies: Best Male Performance in a Play for Matt Greenwood; Best Supporting Female Performance in a Play for Wendi Peters; Best Supporting Female in a Play for Stacey Victoria Bland; Best Supporting Male in a Play for Ben Welch; and Best Costume Design in a Play for Martha Hegarty.[15][16][non-primary source needed]


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  2. ^ Live, London (1 February 2019). "'Call Me Vicky' – a new play written by two sisters – tells the true story of their transgender godmother. Starring Corrie legend @WendiPeters, it's on at @ThePleasance. Full interview here..." @LondonLive. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  3. ^ "'Call Me Vicky' – a new production". London Live. 1 February 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. ^ Press, Playdead. "Call Me Vicky". Playdead Press. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ Bland, Nicola; Bland, Stacey (1 February 2019). Call Me Vicky. Playdead Press. ISBN 978-1-910067-74-1.
  6. ^ "Wendi Peters to star in Call Me Vicky at Pleasance Theatre | WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Call Me Vicky (Closed March 09, 2019) | Off-West End | reviews, cast and info | WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  8. ^ StaceyVictoriaBland. "2019-11-15". @Stacey_Bland. Retrieved 23 March 2020. After a successful run @ThePleasance this year, 5 OFFIE noms & lovely reviews, @nbland and I are looking for a team to help rework @CallMeVickyPlay for TV. We are currently reworking the script and it would be great to meet: -TV script writers – DOP – Directors #OVconnect{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Wheeler-Artwell, Ashanti (2 February 2019). "REVIEW: ★★★★ Call Me Vicky, Pleasance Theatre". Upper Circle. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  10. ^ Liz (2 February 2019). "Review: Call Me Vicky at The Pleasance". Theatre Things. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  11. ^ Bland, Nicola (1 March 2019). "9 shows left! Catch it whilst you can @CallMeVickyPlay @ThePleasance". @NicolaBland. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Call Me Vicky at the Pleasance Theatre | Review". LondonTheatre1. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  13. ^ Howard, Tanya (2 February 2019). "Call Me Vicky Review – Pleasance Theatre". The Live Review. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  14. ^ Golpira, Ghazaleh. "Call Me Vicky at Pleasance Theatre | Theatre review". The Upcoming. Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  15. ^ "2019 – Page 15 – The Offies". Retrieved 23 March 2020.
  16. ^ Pleasance (6 March 2019). "Only FIVE more chances to catch the (Theatre News) @CallMeVickyPlay!". @ThePleasance. Retrieved 23 March 2020.