Plays Directory : A Taste of Honey

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Shelagh Delaney
  • Written
    1958
  • Setting
    Manchester, UK, 1950s
  • Overview
    is set in 1950s Manchester, England. It tells the story of Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl whose mother, Helen, is a crude, sexually indiscriminate 'slapper'. Jo's mother abandons her after finding Peter, a rich and much younger lover. At the same time, Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. Their budding love becomes a marriage proposal, which Helen strongly denounces, by ridiculing the idea of Jo marrying. Jimmy goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone to find lodging with Geoffrey, her homosexual acquaintance. Geoffrey assumes the role of father until Helen's return, when the future of Jo's new family is put into question. A Taste of Honey commented on race and gender matters in mid-twentieth century Britain, but also questioned the constraints of family, and re-evaluated the "nuclear family ideal" of that generation of working class Britons.

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4 known characters

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1 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Leanne Dobson
Leanne Dobson
Make-up Artist
2019, Wigs Hair and make up Co-ordinator
Nettie Johnson
Nettie Johnson
Wardrobe Assistant
2019, Wardrobe Assistant
UK Tour
Ilona Mooney
Ilona Mooney
Actor
2019, Jo
Sophie Coward
2018, Jo
The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool
James Templeton
2018, Geoff
Epstein Theatre
Lorna Munden
Lorna Munden
Sound Designer
2018, Sound Designer
Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Simon Jennings
2018, Peter
Bradford Playhouse
Bethany Hicks
2017, Jo
ACT Theatre
Grey Jarvis
Grey Jarvis
Actor
2017, Helen
Alexa Neasham
2017, Jo
Rosie Race
Rosie Race
Actor
2017, Jo
RADA
Louise Delaluz
2017, Helen
The Courtyard Theatre
Lauren Godin
Lauren Godin
Lighting Designer
2016, Lighting Operator
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Rebecca Robson
2016, Helen
Alma Tavern
Maria Chandler
2016, Helen
Courtyard Theatre, London
Fleece __
Fleece __
Actor
2016, Helen (u/s)
Kaela Shirelle
2016, Josephine
Eden Mullins
Eden Mullins
Stage Manager
2016, Production Stage Manager
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker
Actor
2016, The Boy
Stockport Garrick Theatre
Catherine Fahy
2016, Helen
Stanley Theatre

Alternative Names

taste of honey