Shelagh Delaney, the playwright whose work included the ‘scandalous’ 60s social drama A Taste of Honey, has died at the age of 72. She had been suffering from cancer.
Delaney was just 19 years old when A Taste of Honey premiered in London in 1959. The story of a young girl and her friendship with a gay friend, the play was controversial when it was first performed and was deemed ‘scandalous’ by some. Nevertheless, it was turned into a 1961 film of the same name, the screenplay of which Delaney wrote with director Tony Richardson.
A Taste of Honey remained the defining work of Shelagh Delaney’s life, despite the fact that she continued to write plays and prose for the rest of her life. In later life, she remained active with radio plays, one of which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 just over a year ago. She has also been named as one of the key influences on the lyrical work of the singer Morrissey.