A Taste of Honey

by Shelagh Delaney

★★★★★
'Unmissable.' 
Mail on Sunday 

★★★★
'Pioneering. Stellar performances from Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn.'
Evening Standard

Playing until 11 May

A Taste of Honey with Lesley Sharp and Kate O'Flynn on a terraced street

A Taste of Honey

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 off 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.

Kate O'Flynn plays Jo, and Lesley Sharp her mother, Helen.

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.


Photo (Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn) by Phil Fisk

 

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