A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney (1956)
Theatre | Drama
“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 emotionally charged situations into a non-sentimental and realistic play.” -Goodreads
pooled ink Review:
I’m very impressed with the depth of this play considering it was written by an 18 year old (although actually that is a ridiculous statement because why couldn’t an 18 year old have such depth? Why does society think that you must be middle-aged to have any knowledge or understanding of this world? Yes I said middle-aged because society thinks the old are senile and useless, teenagers are reckless and selfish, and children are just silly and innocent. All of which may be true for some or even majorities but definitely not for all. And who is this “society” I speak of? Well those with power, influence, status, and, ah, yes, they seem to be largely middle-aged…anyway sorry that was a tangent). Anyway, despite her cleverness and the threads and themes of music and other clever elements woven throughout the play delivering a stark but truthful glance into the life of Jo, it was well written but simply was not my cup of tea. Definitely a good read though if you’re interested in exploring British drama.
Review originally posted on Goodreads on January 29, 2015
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Meet Shelagh Delaney!
A British playwright, best known for her debut work, A Taste of Honey.