Shelagh Delaney (Writer) | Playbill

Shelagh Delaney


The subject matter was considered racy at the time. Set in Delaney's native Lancashire, the play's central character, Jo, becomes pregnant by a black sailor. When he leaves to go to sea, her gay friend Geoffrey moves in and becomes a surrogate father. Jo's mother, meanwhile, is depicted as crude and sexually wanton.

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  • Born: Nov 25, 1939
  • Death: Nov 20, 2011


New York Drama Critics' Circle
1961 Best Foreign Play Winner

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