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Call Me Dusty

    a play with music by Derek Webb

'Call Me Dusty' - a play with music about the life of Dusty Springfield by Derek Webb

"A heartfelt play about a young girl who succumbs to the lure of stardom"

"A tale of two halves, opening with an innocent, wide-eyed, Mary O'Brien, taking her first steps towards stardom, and ending in the darker excesses of fame and fortune"


Without doubt the finest white soul singer of her era, Dusty Springfield is for millions the definitive pop diva. Her lifestyle was the stuff of legend – and great drama. With her relentless quest for perfection and refusal to compromise, Dusty Springfield led a tormented life.

Her stage persona – extravagant black mascara and backcombed hair – was at odds both with the quiet, shy convent girl Mary O'Brien and her sexuality. The result was a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol abuse and self-harm– but, despite all that, she produced tremendous music, which still ranks as some of the finest of its kind.

'Call Me Dusty' - a play with music about the life of Dusty Springfield by Derek Webb

'Call Me Dusty' celebrates the music, while exploring the dichotomy of the private person and her alter ego. It is not a musical, but a play with music. The actress playing Dusty does not have to be a singer because all the music used in the show is commercially available recorded music, of Dusty Springfield and others, and therefore covered by PRS. In addition, specially edited versions of the music are available as mp3 downloads for companies wishing to perform the show.

There are two version of the play... the small cast version is designed to be performed by three actors: one playing Dusty Springfield with 1m, 1f playing all the other parts, and the other is a large cast version comprising 6m, 6f (with doubling) or 13m, 10f (without doubling).


Large Cast Version

 Cast in order of appearance

  Announcer: (m or f) any age – voice only
  Researcher 1: (m) any age
  Researcher 2: (f) any age
  Kay O’Brien: Dusty’s mother – Irish, 30s – kind hearted, warm
  OB: Dusty’s father – opinionated, perhaps a bit of a bully
  Dusty: plays from schoolgirl age to 30+
  Tom O’Brien: Dusty’s elder brother – soon to be Tom Springfield
  Riss Chantelle: lead singer in the Lana Sisters
  Producer: (f)  20s-40s – Smartly dressed, posh BBC producer
  Floor Manager: (m) 20s-40s – Manchester accent – definitely not posh
  Reporter: (f) 20s-40s – pleasant, enthusiastic
  Vic Billings: (m) 30s – smartly dressed, slightly affected accent
  Pat Rhodes: (f) 30s – Dusty’s secretary – mumsy, very pleasant
  Recording Engineer: (m) 20s-50s – slightly nerdy, irascible 
  Male Teenager – non-speaking part 
  Female Teenager – non-speaking part 
  Reporter: (m) 20s-40s – insistent
  Vicki Wickham: (f) 30s – pleasant but tough producer of Ready Steady Go!
  Priest: (m) 30s-50s – warm, considerate, thoughtful
  Polly Perkins: (f) 30s – singer with The Academy – very camp, very likeable
  Jerry Wexler: (m) 30s-40s – American boss of Atlantic Records. Southern, dry
  Ray Connolly: (m) 30s-40s – columnist for the Evening Standard
  Chairman: (m) 40s-60s – Yorkshire nightclub owner – very brash
  Eric Plant: (m) 30s-40s – gay dress designer

 Suggested Casting (6m, 6f)

  Male – 40s-50s: Announcer/OB/Chairman/Recording Engineer/Priest
  Male – any age: Researcher 1
  Female – any age: Researcher 2
  Female – 30s-40s: Kay O’Brien/Producer/Female reporter
  Female – 20s-30s: Dusty
  Male – 20s: Tom O’Brien/Floor Manager/Male Teenager
  Female – 20s-30s: Riss Chantelle/Female Teenager/Polly Perkins
  Male –30s-40s: Vic Billings
  Female – 30s: Pat Rhodes
  Male – 30s-40s: Reporter/Jerry Wexler
  Female – 30s: Vicki Wickham
  Male – 30s-40s: Ray Connolly/ Eric Plant 

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