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"A Taste of Honey" (Modern Plays) (Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Shelagh Delaney
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A Taste of Honey became a sensational theatrical success when first produced in London by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop company. It was made into a highly acclaimed film in 1961. The play is about the adolescent Jo and her relationships with those about her - her irresponsible, roving mother Helen and her mum's newly acquired drunken husband, the black sailor who leaves her pregnant and Geoffrey the homosexual art student who moves in to help with the baby. It is also about Jo's unshakeable optimism throughout her trials. This story of a mother and daughter relationship set in working class Manchester continues to enthral new generations of readers and audiences.Now established as a modern classic, this comic and poignant play by a then nineteen-year-old working-class Lancashire girl was praised at its London premiere in 1958 by Graham Greene as having "all the freshness of Mr Osborne's Look Back in Anger and a greater maturity."


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; New Impression edition (1 Jan 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413316807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413316806
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Some of Delaney's themes may feel dated but her writing still glitters dangerously and wittily. A Taste of Honey remains a passionate statement about real people trapped in poverty, deprived of ambition and vulnerable to manipulation by the fickleness of others.' Independent (19 November 2008) 'Brawling, boozing, teenage pregnancy and fractured families: Shelagh Delaney's benchmark drama, first staged by Joan Littlewood in London in 1958, has lost none of its relevance 50 years on... The quirkiness and passion of Delaney's young voice still rings out... It remains passionate and pungent.' The Times (19 November 2008) 'Its raw eloquence, sometimes almost lyrical, its tough, swaggering humour...its frank brutality and unblinking humanity.' Sunday Times (23 November 2008)

About the Author

Shelagh Delaney was born in Salford, Lancashire. She is most well-know for a Taste of Honey, for which she won the Foyle's New Play Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She wrote the screenplay for the film version with Tony Richardson and was awarded the British Film Academy Award and the Robert Flaherty Award. Her other screenplays include The White Bus and Charley Bubbles, for which she won the Writers Guild Award. She has also written for television and radio and has had a collection of short stories published.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great play 19 May 2006
By Hunter
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A Taste Of Honey is a great, realistic, down to earth play that is excellent for young and old. Although it was written almost 50 years ago it deals with issues that are still very relevant today. The thing that i find incredible about this play is that it was written by an 18 year old, this makes it a great play for young people and certainly a great play to act. Recommended to all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of honey...... 10 Jan 2013
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The play arrived quickly and as described by the seller. The students have enjoyed the piece and the issues raised that they recognise in their own lives
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4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable. 6 Jan 2013
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A classic for the English free theater, what it was "Look back in anger" for boys, "a Taste of Honey" is for girls.
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