A Taste of Honey

A play by Shelagh Delaney

Directed by Linda Kent

A Taste of Honey is set in Salford in North West England in the 1950s.

It tells the story of Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl, and her mother, Helen, who is presented as crude and sexually indiscriminate.

Helen leaves Jo alone in their new flat after she begins a relationship with Peter, a rich lover who is younger than she.

At the same time Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. He proposes marriage but then goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone. She finds lodgings with a  homosexual acquaintance, Geoffrey, who assumes the role of surrogate father.

Helen returns after leaving her lover and the future of Jo's new home is put into question.

 

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