kay’s in­spi­ra­tion

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From a chance sight­ing of a teenage street­walker in Leeds in­spir­ing the gritty 1990s drama Band of Gold to her ex­pe­ri­ences at a weight-loss club re­sult­ing in the 2000 hit Fat Friends, writer Kay Mel­lor’s dra­mas strike a chord be­cause the sub­ject mat­ter is al­ways based on real life ex­pe­ri­ences. And Love, Lies & Records is no ex­cep­tion….

‘When I was wait­ing to reg­is­ter the death of my mother at Leeds town hall, I was next to a cou­ple wait­ing to reg­is­ter the birth of their baby girl,’ says Kay, who vis­ited reg­is­ter of­fices dur­ing her re­search.

‘I later at­tended the wed­ding of some friends and I re­alised that the reg­is­ter of­fice was a mi­cro­cosm of life it­self. As I sat watch­ing the reg­is­trars marry my friends, I started to won­der about their lives and how they dealt with the roller­coaster of emo­tions that they go through on a daily ba­sis. I thought, “This is the ab­so­lute sharp end and hub of life”.’

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