A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

A Play

Book - 1959
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A sensational theatrical success in London, A Taste of Honey was written by Shelagh Delaney at the age of 18. The play prompted Graham Greene to say that it had "all the freshness of Mr. Osborne's Look Back In Anger and a greater maturity." A Taste of Honey won Miss Delaney two national awards, the sale of film rights productions at Stratford, London, and Paris, and a round of applause from the critics.

The play is the story of a working-class, adolescent girl and her relationships with the Black sailor who makes her pregnant; the homosexual art student who moves into her apartment to help her through her pregnancy; her fun-loving, saloon-frequenting mother; and Peter, her mother's newly acquired husband. Jo moves, in a very detached way, within this economic and emotional whirlpool. Miss Delaney translates these emo#65533;tionally charged situations into a non-sentimental and realistic play.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1959.
Edition: 1st Evergreen ed.
ISBN: 9780802131850
Branch Call Number: 822 DELANEY
PR6007.E32 T3 1959
822.914 D37t3
Characteristics: 87 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 25, 2012

Song in Act II Scene I:
"Black boy, black boy, don't you lie to me. Where did you stay last night? In the pines, in the pines, where the sun never shines, I shivered the whole night through."

Jul 25, 2012

Act II, Scene II--HELEN: " You mean to say that . . . that sailor was a black man? . . . Oh my God! Nothing else can happen to me now. Can you imagine me wheeling a pram with a . . . Oh my God, I'll have to have a drink."

Jul 25, 2012

Act I, Scene Ii--JO: " you're not getting married in a church, are you?"


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Jul 25, 2012

This two-act play was first presented at Theatre Royal, Stratford, U.K. in 1958. I suppose that a story of an impoverished white girl carrying the baby of a black man was considered startling and controversial in 1958 but is quite dated now. Shelagh Delaney was a nineteen-year old working class girl from Manchester when the play was first produced. It takes place in Salford, Lancashire. There are five characters: Helen the mother described as a "semi-whore"; Peter the pushy car salesman who wants to marry Helen; Jo the daughter; an unnamed "boy" described as a "coloured naval rating" who only appears in Act One; and Geoffrey, a room-mate who takes care of pregnant Jo in Act Two. Considered an important play of its era.


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