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Call Me Dusty

    a play with music 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"


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

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' 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.

The play can be performed with a small cast of 1m, 2f or, by reducing the doubling, with a larger cast of up to 13m, 10f. The list below shows the single role of Dusty and the male and female ‘Researcher’ and other characters. When using just three actors, the researchers function as scene changers.


(min 1m, 2f up to 13m, 10f)

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

 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 

  • Preview E-Script (Call Me Dusty)
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