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A Taste of Honey

A West End success in the late 1950s, Shelagh Delany's drama centralised women's lives on stages dominated by the "angry young men".

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A Taste of Honey

Date: 24 Jun 2018

Jo is in her teens, pregnant, and on her own since her African boyfriend went back to sea.

But she’s always had to find her own way in her working-class neighbourhood: Dad never existed, and Mum – well, Mum has run away from home to shack up with a car salesman.

Jo meets art student Geoff at a funfair; he’s got nowhere to go since his landlady threw him out for being gay. So they set up an unconventional family – until Jo’s Mum comes crashing back into their sweet little life.

So goes the plot of this explosive kitchen sink drama, written in 1958 by Shelagh Delany, aged 19. A notable west end success, A Taste of Honey (which was turned into a film in 1961 starring Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan and Paul Danquah) centralised women’s lives on stages then dominated by the “angry young men”.

Eamon Flack directs. Taylor Ferguson, Thuso Lekwape, Genevieve Lemon, Josh McConville and Tom Anson Mesker feature.

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