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University helps Salford to celebrate Shelagh Delaney Day

Monday 23 November 2015

As part of our Industrial Partnership with Salford City Council and the Pendleton Together £650m infrastructure investment project, we are sponsoring this year’s Shelagh Delaney Day – a celebration of the Salford dramatist and screenwriter – which falls on her birthday, 25 November.

Shelagh was only 18 years old when she wrote the iconic and ground-breaking play A Taste Of Honey.  She went on to become associated with ‘kitchen sink realism’, winning awards for her screenplays and radio dramas.

Morrissey, lead singer of Manchester band The Smiths, cites Shelagh as being a great inspiration in his writing – and she features on the album cover of Louder Than Bombs.

Events take place on the day at Salford Arts theatre but on Thursday, November 26 when the University will host Digital Delaney @MediaCityUK – a production that combines elements of musical theatre, opera, concert and play.

Postbag inspiration 

Contemporary music ensemble Thumb, conducted by Dan Watson, and Salford Theatre Company will perform All About And To A Female Artist – composed by Stuart Stevens, text by Shelagh Delaney. This collage of adverse reviews and begging/threatening letters was assembled by Shelagh from real reviews and postbag she received following the debut of A Taste Of Honey.

An actor will also read out the winning story from a writing competition launched in her honour by the University; the top 20 stories will be published in an anthology, the ‘Shelagh Delaney collection’.

It is an opportunity to experience this new state-of-the-art experimental performance space, which combines the technology of a TV Studio with the excitement of live music and theatre.

The performance takes place at 2pm in the Digital Performance Laboratory (DPL) at MediaCityUK. It will also be streamed live. Tickets cost £10, £8 concessions.

For more information on the events and to book tickets, visit the Shelagh Delaney Day website.


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Gareth Hollyman

0161 295 6895