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Shelagh Delaney

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(1939–2011), playwright, is known for A Taste of Honey, written when she was 17. It was presented by Joan Littlewood in 1958 and was hailed as a landmark in the new school of ...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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..., Shelagh ( 1939–2011 ) English playwright , best known for A Taste of Honey ( 1958 , filmed 1962 ), which concerns a pregnant young girl who is thrown out by her slatternly mother, directed by Joan *Littlewood at the *Theatre Workshop . When it transferred to the West End Delaney was recognized as one of the few ‘angry young women’ of the British new wave, and the play was instrumental in making regional accents and working-class lives serious dramatic subjects. The Lion in Love ( 1960 ), a bleak account of a dysfunctional and alcoholic family,...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., Shelagh ( 1939–2011 ) Playwright, known for A Taste of Honey , which she wrote when she was 17 after seeing Terence Rattigan 's play Variations on a Theme . It was presented by Joan Littlewood in 1958 , filmed in 1961 , and was hailed as a landmark in the new school of ‘kitchen sink’ realism, a movement partly inspired by reaction against the drawing‐room drama of Rattigan and Noël Coward . Later work for cinema and television includes Charley Bubbles ( 1968 ) and Dance with a Stranger ( 1985...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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..., Shelagh (b. Salford, Lancs , 25 Nov. 1939 ) Playwright . Chiefly famous for her first play, A Taste of Honey ( 1958 ), completed when she was only 18, Delaney has nevertheless other stage plays (e.g. The Lion in Love , 1960 ; The House that Jack Built , 1978 ) and television credits to her name, as well as a number of successful screenplays – notably Charley Bubbles ( 1968 ) and Dance with a Stranger ( 1985 ). A Taste of Honey was produced by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop , seen in the West End and New York, and filmed in 1962 . This...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Shelagh ( 1939–2011 ) Playwright , who was born in Salford, left school at 16, and is known for A Taste of Honey , which she wrote when she was 17 after seeing Terence Rattigan 's play Variations on a Theme . It was presented by Joan Littlewood in 1958 and was hailed as a landmark in the new school of ‘kitchen sink’ realism, a movement partly inspired by reaction against the drawing‐room drama of Rattigan and Noël Coward . In 1961 , a British film adaptation (starring Rita Tushingham) appeared. Much of her subsequent work was written for the...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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..., Shelagh ( 1939–  ) English playwright, best known for A Taste of Honey ( 1958 , filmed 1962 ), which concerns a pregnant young girl who is thrown out by her slatternly mother. Written with vigour and warmth, under Joan Littlewood 's direction at the Theatre Workshop its production drew on popular theatre traditions and incidental popular music that underscored and commented on the action. When it transferred to the West End Delaney was recognized as one of the few ‘angry young women’ of the British new wave, and the play was instrumental in...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

..., Shelagh ( 1939–  ), British dramatist , born in Salford; she left school at 16. Though she subsequently wrote The Lion in Love ( 1960 ) for the stage, and several screenplays, including Dance with a Stranger ( 1985 ), she is remembered primarily for her first play, A Taste of Honey ( 1958 ). This shows a working-class northern girl—pregnant by a black sailor, temporarily deserted by her nagging mother, and befriended by a homosexual art student—in the process of discovering her identity and accepting the impending birth of her baby. On its...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0Shelagh Shelagh Delaney 1939 – 2011 English dramatist Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old. A Taste of Honey ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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2008
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...0Shelagh Shelagh Delaney 1939 – 2011 English dramatist Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old. A Taste of Honey (1959) women never have young minds Women never have young minds born three thousand years...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0Shelagh Shelagh Delaney 1939 – 2011 English dramatist Women never have young minds. They are born three thousand years old. A Taste of Honey (1959) act 1, sc. 2 women never have young minds Women never have young minds born three thousand years...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Shelagh ( 1939–2011 ) British dramatist A Taste of Honey ( 1958 ) Drama The Lion in Love ( 1960 ) Drama Sweetly Sings the Donkey ( 1964 ) Fiction Short Stories The House That Jack Built ( 1977 ) Drama...

Shelagh Delaney

Shelagh Delaney  

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(1939–2011),playwright, is known for A Taste of Honey, written when she was 17. It was presented by Joan Littlewood in 1958 and was hailed as a landmark in the new school of ‘kitchen sink’ realism, a ...
A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey  

A: Shelagh Delaney Pf: 1958, London Pb: 1959 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Flat in Salford, 1950s C: 3m, 2fHelen, a peroxide-blonde ‘semi-whore’, has a tense relationship with her teenage daughter Josephine ...
kitchen sink drama

kitchen sink drama  

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A term applied in the late 1950s to the plays of writers such as Wesker, S. Delaney, and J. Osborne, which portrayed working‐class or lower‐middle‐class life, with an emphasis on domestic realism.
John Bury

John Bury  

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(1925–2000)English scenographer. After the war he joined Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, designing and constructing scenery and driving the van. His groundbreaking designs there included Delaney's A ...
women in theatre

women in theatre  

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Why an article on ‘women in theatre’? The most cursory perusal of the panoply of pre-twentieth-century drama will provide the clue to the complex answer to so simple a question. ...
Tony Richardson

Tony Richardson  

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(1928–91)English director. Richardson began as an assistant to Devine at the Royal Court, later directing Osborne's landmark Look Back in Anger (1956) and The Entertainer (starring Olivier, 1957). ...
Theatre Workshop

Theatre Workshop  

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Highly influential English company, based (1953–78) at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London. Established in 1945, Theatre Workshop was the last in a long line of troupes set up by ...
Kenneth Tynan

Kenneth Tynan  

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(1927–80),dramatic critic, educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He wrote for various papers, most influentially for the Observer (1954–63), and championed the plays of Osborne, Wesker, Delaney, ...
gay theatre and performance

gay theatre and performance  

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Theatrical production conceived and performed by gay men for gay audiences. In America, the movement is usually linked to the establishment of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway in the 1960s such as ...
Joan Littlewood

Joan Littlewood  

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(1914–2002)British theatre director, co-founder of the Theatre Workshop.Born in London, Littlewood studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Somewhat unfashionably, but typical of her unorthodox ...

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