“Sully” – The story of rugby legend Clive Sullivan – returns to Hull Truck Theatre

In association with the Sullivan Family, a celebration of what would have been Clive’s 80th birthday this year and his recent induction into the Rugby League Hall of Fame

Local Hull Theatre Company “Mosaic Productions” is proud to present “Sully” at Hull Truck Theatre in June. 

Sully tells the story of the late, great Clive Sullivan MBE, who sadly died at the age of just 42 in 1985.  A very proud Welshman, he became a much-loved son of Hull on both sides of the river. 

Written by Hull playwright Dave Windass and directed by Scott Solway, rehearsals are now well underway with an amazing cast of professional actors.  Scott Solway said:

“Clive Sullivan would have been 80 years old this year so what better time to bring his story back to Hull Truck to those who remember him as well as to a new audience?  As a rugby fan myself, it’s a huge honour!  

“This legend of a man played professional rugby league for both Hull FC and Hull Kingston Rovers and this is a play that brings the City of Hull together!!  We’ve got three professional actors telling Sully’s story, a man who became the first black person to captain his country in any sport!!  A true legend who died at a very young age and whose story needs to be shared with a new generation!!”

Sully scored over 100 tries for both Hull clubs whilst also winning a Challenge Cup Final Winners Medal in the red and white and black and white.  He went on to win the Rugby League World Cup in 1972 – and all this through much adversity in his younger years. 

Sully has also just been inducted into the Rugby League Hall Of Fame and ‘The Sully Ball’ was used at the recent Rugby League World Cup in tribute to the great man

Scott Solway continued:

“This is a brilliant play by Dave Windass.  He tells Sully’s life story through a portrayal of Clive himself, a taxi driver Max and his mouthy passenger Chelle, who are stranded on the Clive Sullivan Way because of an ongoing situation.  It’s warm, humorous and full of heart.

“Our rehearsals are going really well and we can’t wait for everyone to see it.  We are also delighted that Clive’s wife will be attending the first performance and his sister will be coming across from Wales to see it too.

”So come and see for yourself the remarkable story of one of Hull’s most famous sons and all he achieved.  Wear your black and white, wear your red and white and see why Sully united a City, regardless of the colour of your team.” 

The last time ‘Sully’ was performed 17 years ago, it sold out very quickly.  There are only 7 performances to secure your seats for this wonderful story of a Rugby League Legend of Hull so booking early is advised.

“SULLY” is being performed at Hull Truck Theatre from Tuesday 6th June – Saturday 10th June 2023.  Performances are at 7.30pm, with matinees on Thursday 8th June and Saturday 10th June at 2.30pm

Tickets are on sale now from www.hulltruck.co.uk, by telephone : 01482 323638 or direct from the Hull Truck Theatre Box Office: Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull. HU2 8LB.