Shelagh Delaney – Women In Print

POSTED ON: BY Angela Roche
Shelagh Delaney

This week saw the launch of the Women in Print exhibition, produced and curated by Jane Bowyer. Women in Print is a celebration of the life and achievements of sixteen iconic female figures who’ve made a significant contribution to Manchester – As depicted by 16 manchester-based female artists and designers.

Having been lucky enough to be asked to take part in the exhibition, I was assigned my iconic woman; Shelagh Delaney.

Shelagh Delaney, a girl from working class Salford emerged as a teenage writer in the late 50s with her most well known play, A Taste of Honey.

Not only was her social and demographic status as a play write unheard of at the time, she appeared determined to challenge the formula of British theatre. A Taste of Honey tells working class story of a pregnant teenager, and black sailor and a gay art student. A plot which which caused both outrage and delight amongst audiences.

Delaney never received the recognition she deserved in her own lifetime, however her work was, and still is, influential. Tony Warren drew on her work for Coronation Street, and Morrissey cited her as being at lest 50 per cent of his reason for writing.

We’re Bloody Marvellous!

In the spirit of celebration, the poster pulls out what I perceive to be the most positive piece of dialogue from A Taste of Honey between the main character Jo and her friend Geoffrey, set against the backdrop of an archetypal and perhaps bleak Salford cobble street.

The exhibition continues at Rudy’s Pizza until August 30th.

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