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Shelagh Delaney

Shelagh Delaney

(1939 – 2011)

  • Allways thinking of you x x
    Lit by Linda Dyche
  • To the lady who influenced me in my writing, and to the inspiration, and to the icon of greatness in British theatre. Sadly missed.RIP.
    Lit by Edward D'Arcy
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Shelagh Delaney

Shelagh Delaney
(1939 – 2011)

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Shelagh Delaney

(1939 – 2011)
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About Shelagh
This is an online obituary dedicated to the memory of Shelagh Delaney. Shelagh Delaney, FRSL was an English playwright and screenwriter, best-known for her debut work, A Taste of Honey (1958).
Born in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, the daughter of a bus inspector, Shelagh Delaney was of Irish descent. She failed the eleven plus exam four times, but transferred to a grammar school at the age of fifteen from a secondary modern school, gaining five O levels. Thinking she could do better than Terence Rattigan's Variations on a Theme, Shelagh Delaney wrote her first play, in part because she felt the work showed "insensitivity in the way Rattigan portrayed homosexuals". Her play was accepted by Joan Littlewood's
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Theatre Workshop. "Quite apart from its meaty content, we believe we have found a real dramatist", Gerry Raffles of Theatre Workshop said at the time.
A Taste of Honey, first performed on 27 May 1958, is set in Salford, a city which Shelagh Delaney regarded as a valuable resource for her writing. "I had strong ideas about what I wanted to see in the theatre. We used to object to plays where the factory workers came cap in hand and call the boss 'Sir.' Usually North Country people are shown as gormless, whereas in actual fact, they are very alive and cynical." Reuniting the original cast, the play subsequently enjoyed a run of 368 performances in the West End from January 1959; it was also seen on Broadway,
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with Joan Plowright as Jo and Angela Lansbury as her mother. It is "probably the most performed play by a post-war British woman playwright."
Breaking new ground in touching on issues like homosexuality "this earthily realistic, moving story of a reluctant teenage mother-to-be...raises issues which were later to become prime concerns of feminist writers." Shelagh Delaney's second play The Lion in Love followed in 1960.
The screenplay of the 1961 film adaptation of A Taste of Honey, which she co-wrote with director Tony Richardson, "contrives to keep in Delaney's best lines while creating a cinematic, rather than a theatrical experience". It won the BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay and the Writers'
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Guild of Great Britain Award in 1962. Shelagh Delaney's other screenplays include The White Bus, Charlie Bubbles (both 1967) and Dance with a Stranger (1985). She also wrote several radio plays, Tell Me a Film (2003), Country Life (2004) and Whoopi Goldberg's Country Life, was broadcast in The Afternoon Play slot on BBC Radio 4 in June 2010.
In 1985, Shelagh Delaney was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Shelagh Delaney died on the 20th November 2011. This is an online memorial dedicated to her work and her life. May she rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 16th Feb 2014
Linda Dyche
wrote:
All ways thinking of you x x x
Remembrance Messages
On 15th Feb 2012
Linda Dyche
wrote:
so sadly missed,lots of love and kisses forever x x x
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Kindly lit by
Linda Dyche
on 13th Jan 2017
They wrote:
Allways thinking of you x x
Kindly lit by
Edward D'Arcy Hatton
on 4th Jul 2015
They wrote:
To the lady who influenced me in my writing, and to the inspiration, and to the icon of greatness in British theatre. Sadly missed.RIP.
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Shelagh Delaney

This is an online obituary dedicated to the memory of Shelagh Delaney. Shelagh Delaney, FRSL was an English playwright and screenwriter, best-known for her debut work, A Taste of Honey (1958).
Born in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire, the daughter of a bus inspector, Shelagh Delaney was of Irish descent. She failed the eleven plus exam four times, but transferred to a grammar school at the age of fifteen from a secondary modern school, gaining five O levels. Thinking she could do better than Terence Rattigan's Variations on a Theme, Shelagh Delaney wrote her first play, in part because she felt the work showed "insensitivity in the way Rattigan portrayed homosexuals". Her play was accepted by Joan Littlewood's...

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