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A Taste of Honey (Heinemann Plays For 14-16+) Hardcover – 29 Sep 1992

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; New Ed edition (29 Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435232991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435232993
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,875 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) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.

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. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.


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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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Super helpful for anybody studying this at GCSE/A-Level. Includes overview of all scenes, insight into the characters, and an interesting look into the historical and social context of the play , which provides excellent background before reading the play itself.
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Delaney wrote this little play, about a working class mother and daughter struggling in Manchester when she was only 18. Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop developed and produced it in 1958.

It was a radical production because it starred two women. That Jo's nameless boyfriend (and therefore, to her mother's distress, her baby) is Black, that her kind and caring male friend is (implicitly) gay, and that her absent father's mental disability hangs troublingly over her must all have been highly provocative at the time.

I love this funny, painful play and other working-class dramas like those of Willy Russell in the English theatre tradition. The theatre has been a great place for the the British and Irish to shout back at oppression, ask questions, reveal their feelings and demand their rights. The tradition of radical theatre is still strong, growing and changing, and Delaney is one of its brilliant roots.

This student edition is fantastic - a really helpful introduction with questions and further reading suggestions
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A Taste of Honey really is a remarkable play. The subject matter it deals with, and the way it's staged, is incredibly progressive for the time it was written. It honestly surprised me just how progressive the characters and plot were. The wit Delaney gives her characters, the way they bite out to each other and snark to the audience is really very entertaining. It's not a long piece, but it's a piece that's well worth the read.
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I LOVE THIS STORY FROM WHEN I WAS AT SCHOOL. IT'S ONE BOOK THAT HAS STAYED WITH ME. I DON'T KNOW IF I PRESSED THE WRONG BUTTON OR NOT BUT WOULD OF LIKED THE STORY NOT THE STAGE/ ACTING BOOK.
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bought this for my neice for her shoolwork and this showed how
valuable it was.i would recommend this for educational purposes
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I have been studying this book at school for GCSE i found the characters interesting and the bonds of the relationships compelling but the story seemed to lack detail, in a way this is good to keep you reading but when i finished i was left with the question 'is that it'. The writer has produced a very good book which seems to show modern day life is still the same now, a very compelling book but some readers may find it a bit depressing, as i said it is for certain readers. But a all round good book and a nice read, (also extremely fun acting out in class, a lot of shouting which is always fun!)
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Just right for what was needed - cheap copy for marking purposes. Quick dispatch and no problems. Thank you very much.
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