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Shelagh Delaney

Playwright; Dramatist

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1959, Jan 22. A Taste of Honey

About the Author:
Shelagh Delaney was born and brought up in Salford, Lancashire. Her first play, 'A Taste of Honey', was originally presented by Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London, in May 1958. 'The Lion in Love', her second play, was first performed at the Belgrave Theatre, Coventry, and then at the Royal Court Theatre, London. In 1964, she published a collection of short stories entitled 'Sweetly Sings the Donkey'.



Delaney, Shelagh. 'A Taste of Honey: A Play', published by Eyre Methuen, 1977, paperback, 88pp, ISBN 0413316807. Sorry, out of stock, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon!
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  • A Taste of Honey [top]
    First published in 1959, January 22nd, in Great Britain by Methuen & Co. Ltd. in paperback, 88pp, ISBN 0413316807
    Reprinted with minor corrections 1959
    New edition April 1959
    Reprinted 18 times
    Reprinted 1976 by Eyre Methuen
    Reprinted 1977 by Eyre Methuen with photograph of Frances Cuka as Jo on the front cover with photograph of the author on the back

Overview
This play when first produced was directed by Joan Littlewood. Shortly after the play was first performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford, London, Graham Greene described this play as having "all the freshness of Mr Osborne's 'Look Back in Anger' and a greater maturity". Like 'Look Back in Anger', it broke new ground, but the author, a 19yr old working-class girl from Lancs was the antithesis of London's "Angry Young Men". The author knows what to be angry about and what to laugh about.

The play won the Charles Henry Foyle New Play Award for 1958.

Roles
This play was first presented by the Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London E15, on 27 May 1958.

On 10 February 1959, the play was presented by Donald Albery and Oscar Lewenstein Ltd, at Wyndham's Theatre, London, with the following cast:

Helen, played by Avis Bunnage
Josephine, her daughter, played by Frances Cuka
Peter, her friend, played by Nigel Davenport
The Boy, played by Clifton Jones
Geoffrey, played by Murray Melvin

The Apex Jazz Trio: featuring Johnny Wallbank on Cornet, Barry Wright on guitar and Christopher Capon on double bass

Setting of the play was by John Bury; Costumes by Una Collins

Synopsis of Scenes
The play is set in Salford, Lancashire, today

 



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