(Patricia) Ann Jellicoe (1927-), Playwright and director
Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in Yorkshire, Jellicoe trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her first play The Sport of my Mad Mother (1956) won a prize in a playwriting competition run by the Observer, and was produced at the Royal Court Theatre, where photographer Roger Mayne took productions stills. Jellicoe would later married Mayne in 1962. Her second and best known play The Knack (Royal Court Theatre, 1962) was subsequently made into the award-winning film starring Rita Tushingham (1965). Jellicoe also worked as director and as literary manager at the Royal Court. In the 1970s she pioneered the concept of community plays, establishing The Colway Trust (now Claque Theatre) in 1978.