It's chaotic - a bit of love, a bit of lust and there you are. We don't ask for life, we have it thrust upon us.
Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s.
When her mother, Helen, runs of with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a black sailor who promises to marry her before he heads for the seas, leaving her pregnant and alone.
Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.
A Taste of Honey offers an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Bursting with energy and daring, this exhilarating and angry depiction of harsh, working-class life in post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour, and infused with jazz.
The play was first presented by Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal Stratford, London, on 27 May 1958.
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This comic and poignant play, by a nineteen-year-old working-class Lancashire girl and first produced by Theatre Workshop in 1958, is now regarded as a modern classic.From the Back Cover:
A sensational theatrical success in London, A Taste Of Honey was written by Shelagh Delaney at the age of 18. The play prompted Graham Greene to say that it had 'all the freshness of Mr. Osborne's Look Back In Anger and a greater maturity.'
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