Taking on another icon
HAVING starred as Marilyn Monroe a few months ago in the very same venue, Jessica Sandry returns to the Swansea Grand Theatre as another iconic female lead, this time as the panda-eyed popstar of the swinging sixties, Dusty Springfield.
Call me Dusty, which recounts the lifestory of the voice behind such memorable hits as Son of a Preacher Man and I Only Want to Be With You, takes a look at the singers public, and personal, dual personalities.
"The play attempts to disentangle the myth from the facts, and to begin to understand the very complex character of Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien – or Dusty Springfield to her fans," explains playwright Derek Webb.
"With her relentless quest for perfection and refusal to compromise, Springfield led a tormented life, and her stage persona – all extravagant black mascara and backcombed hair – was very much at odds with the quiet, shy Catholic convent girl she truly was."
The show covers the period from when she first reinvented herself as Dusty Springfield to the early 1970s when she saw rise in her career begin to falter.