A great taboo

Shelagh Delaney’s career defining play will be performed at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre from Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 November. This British classic is an exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford. Written when she was 19, ‘A Taste of Honey’ is one of the great taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s, offering an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world.

When her mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with Jimmy, a sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their unconventional setup unravels.

Bijan Sheibani directs Jodie Prenger, best known from her role in ‘Oliver!’, as Helen in this new production from the National Theatre. Tickets are priced from £10; to book call 01902 429212 or visit grandtheatre.co.uk.

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