A Taste of Honey is a play written by Shelagh Delaney. Delaney, a British dramatist, was only 18 when she wrote the play. Originally, she wrote it to be a novel. A Taste of Honey has ratings and 89 reviews. Zanna said: Delaney wrote this little play, about a working class mother and daughter struggling in Ma. Shelagh Delaney was 19 when A Taste of Honey brought her fame – but she never equalled its success. Now, two years after her death, it is to.

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Peter enters, and a dialogue ensues selaney the three: She certainly must be aware that she is the object of neighborhood gossip, but Jo refuses to face or acknowledge this negative attention.

It is possible that there is no concrete answer to that question, but it is worth considering why the same plot and characters are capable of engendering such different reactions.

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He was also a kind-hearted pushover with a hankering for babies. Peter had not realised how old Helen was until he sees her daughter. I taate fun reading this and underlining all the lines that found their way into Morrissey lyrics. Similarly with the whore: Slightly twenty years delwney, A Taste of Honey enjoyed a major revival, first appearing Off-Broadway and a few months later, on Broadway.

A British playwright, best known for her debut work, A Taste of Honey.

A Taste of Honey

Mar 03, Umi rated it it was amazing. Her first sexual partner is a black man, who seems to be a fine person, caring for the teenager, but the result is hard to classify as optimal.

In a few moments he is back fo stage, looking slightly more sober. Geof wants to take care of her, and over the coming month, he does just that, cleaning and preparing for the coming baby.


I remember reading this for my first year uni module ‘Lit in Context’. Shortly before Delaney’s play opened, moreover, Ann Jellicoe’s The Sport of My Mad Mother was staged at the Royal Court; it was set in cockney London, and had a powerful feminist theme Jellicoe would go on to have a huge hit with her play, The Knack. The main theme that seems to run through the play is parenthood and its difficulties in working-class Britain. Oliver Smith has provided a properly squalid setting for the play, and the eelaney is helped tasre by an instrumental quartet headed by Bobby Scott, who composed the incidental music.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is farther off Shaftesbury Avenue than either of the others, but, like them, it is the home of consistently intelligent theatre, and has a highly individual producer, Joan Littlewood. She was always playful — she never lost that — and she never had her head turned by fame, not even after Katharine Hepburn took her for a drive in Spencer Tracy’s car.

This term refers to the pattern of events. At Stratford, there is a copy of the extraordinary letter that Delaney wrote to Littlewood when she sent her A Taste of Honeyand it fairly takes the breath away.

Not such a big deal now but then? A religious observer, which is not the case-yet- here, would probably say that any new life is a reason to be elated. She was infuriating, she was adventurous… she was a renegade.

A Taste of Honey: A Play

Quotes from A Taste Of Honey. But tastf is to Joan Plowright, who portrays the daughter, that the highest praise is due, for she galvanizes every scene in which she appears. No so interested in literature from this decade.

Rationing continued long after the end of the war. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Cliff’s devotion to Porter has understated homosexual elements in it; his sympathy for Alison cannot provide any help for her; the destructive love which Jimmy and Alison bear for one another results in a miscarriage which makes her barren.


The book took me back to a different era and brought back memories. In the role of the mother, Angela Lansbury is at once appalling and appealing, and Andrew Ray, as her lover, has a seedy insouciance.

Nov 17, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: They have in common with Geof an underlying sense of sterility and impotence, but unlike him they are without hope; they repel, he attracts sympathy: I read it just for the Moz info.

Helen tries to leave Jo some money, and just as she is ready to leave, Peter enters. Jo is truly upset at the thought of Helen marrying Peter, but also pesters and provokes him in an effort to antagonise him even more.

After Helen and Peter leave her delanet her own for Christmas, Jo weeps and is consoled by her boyfriend. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

But in England, there was little hope for the future unless the working class could find a voice. Miss Delaney, then nineteen, accordingly proceeded to write a drama of her own, and, having done so, dispatched the script to Joan Littlewood, who runs the Theatre Workshop, in Stratford.

Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Jo has so much pride that she will not leave her flat once her s becomes evident.