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:

Grey Jarvis
Grey Jarvis
Actor
2017, Helen
Louise Delaluz
2017, Helen
The Courtyard Theatre
Rebecca Robson
2016, Helen
Alma Tavern
Maria Chandler
2016, Helen
Courtyard Theatre, London
Catherine Fahy
2016, Helen
Stanley Theatre
Grace Purcell
2016, Helen
Maria Major
Maria Major
Actor
2015, Helen
Julie Edwards
2014, Helen
Emma Fisher
Emma Fisher
Actor
2013, Helen
Grange Court Theatre
Amy Harris
Amy Harris
Actor
2013, Helen
Yvonne Patterson
2013, Helen
The Kings Arms Theatre Pub, Salford
Suzi Horton
Suzi Horton
Actor
2012, Helen
Moya Allen
Moya Allen
Actor
2012, Helen
Jacqueline Sampson
2012, Helen
Sara Mason
Sara Mason
Actor
2011, Helen (Manchester accent)
Buxton Opera House, Mansfield, Greenwich Theatre
Becki Charles
2011, Helen
The Academy of Creative Training
Carole Bremson
2010, Helen
Lewes Little Theatre
Gaye Shepherd
2009, Helen
Doncaster
Sarah Chapman
2009, Helen
Blackheath Halls
Sarah Dearlove
2008, Helen
Criterion

Alternative Names

taste of honey