The play, which was adapted into a highly-successful BBC drama screened earlier this year, tells the story of Betty, a married woman who finds herself remembering an intense love affair she experienced when she was younger. Betty's story is based on the life of Kay’s own mother – so when Kay takes the stage in the lead role, it will be a hugely personal experience for her. Kay, who was awarded an OBE for her services to drama, will be directed by Hull Truck’s Artistic Director Gareth Tudor Price.
Kay said: "A Passionate Woman is basically my mother’s story so playing Betty will be very emotional for me – it makes me feel very close to her. My mother was quite an unusual woman with lots of little quirks and I really hope I can bring those out. All the family will be coming to see the play so their reaction will be the real test of how well I do it."
The cast also features ex-Hollyoaks star Stuart Manning, who is making his stage debut in the role of Craze, Betty’s Polish lover. Andrew Dunn, best known for his part in TV’s dinnerladies, is back at Hull Truck after a gap of 10 years, and former Emmerdale star Anthony Lewis completes the cast playing Betty’s son Mark. The play begins in Betty’s loft, with the action later transferring to the roof of the house. The set, designed by Foxton, promises to be one of the most spectacular ever seen at Hull Truck.
Hull BID’s Kathryn Shillito welcomed the performance saying: "This production looks set to be an excellent curtain raiser for Hull Truck's Autumn season and we hope that people will take the opportunity to come to the city and see why Hull Truck continues to be one of the city's most important cultural assets."
A Passionate Woman runs from September 10 to October 2. To book tickets, call the box office on 01482 323638 or visit www.hulltruck.co.uk
Photo shows Kay Mellor and Stuart Manning in rehearsals.