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Writer of A Passionate Woman and Fat Friends Kay Mellor OBE pledges support for Playhouse redevelopment

Renowned Leeds script writer Kay Mellor OBE has become a patron of West Yorkshire Playhouse in support of its upcoming redevelopment.

Kay’s television hits include current BBC drama In the Club (2014, 2016), The Syndicate (2012, 2013, 2015) Fat Friends (2000-2005) and Band of Gold (1995). Her best-known play, A Passionate Woman is touring to West Yorkshire Playhouse this April, 25 years after its original world premiere there in 1992.

Kay Mellor OBE said:The Playhouse has been a very important part of the cultural life of Leeds for a very long time and I am delighted to support this new chapter in its history. This theatre fulfils a vital role in our diverse and extraordinarily talented city in providing world class opportunities to our home grown artists. As a centre of excellence the Playhouse offers young people access and experiences that are often life changing. The refurbishment will ensure that the theatre can continue to produce this wonderful work for many generations to come and help to deliver a voice for Leeds on the international stage.”

Proposals to transform and modernise West Yorkshire Playhouse through a landmark refurbishment project went before Leeds City Council’s senior planning officials earlier in March.

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The plans set out changes including improved access to the theatre, a new city-facing entrance and the addition of a new studio theatre space in the Rock Void.

Award-winning Page \ Park Architects are leading on designs, having previously designed improvements for The Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Theatre Royal in Glasgow and Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

Kay Mellor OBE lives and works in Leeds and started her career by forming the Yorkshire Theatre Company, with two friends from Bretton Hall College. The Company began touring plays which Kay had written. Since her first play for theatre, PAUL, which was entered for the N.S.D.F. and won Best New Play, Kay has written continuously for theatre and television.  Her shows over the years have won and been nominated for numerous awards, and Kay herself was awarded the BAFTA Dennis Potter award in 1997 for Outstanding Writing for Television.

Directed by Paul Milton, A Passionate Woman will be at West Yorkshire Playhouse in the Quarry Theatre from Tuesday 4 – Sat 8 April.

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