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In the late 1950s Shelagh Delaney enjoyed a shortlived burst of success when her first play, A Taste of Honey, was produced by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. She was then considered one of a number of playwrights producing kitchen-sink drama. After the commercial failure of her second play, The Lion in Love, she turned to writing scripts for film and television. She also produced a volume of short stories, Sweetly Sings the Donkey. Most of her writings are realistic representations of the lives of working-class people in the North of England.
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25 November 1938 SD was born at the Hope Hospital at Salford in Lancashire. Bibliographic Citation link.
27 May 1958 SD's first play, A Taste of Honey, opened at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, in London's East End, produced by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 January 1959 Methuen published SD's hit play A Taste of Honey. Bibliographic Citation link.
September 1961 SD's A Taste of Honey was released as a film directed by Tony Richardson with Rita Tushingham in the lead role. Bibliographic Citation link.
20 November 2011 SD died of breast cancer at her daughter's home at Wrentham in Suffolk at the age of seventy-two. Bibliographic Citation link.
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