The best is probably from the nineteen-year-old Rita Tushingham, making her screen debut as the naïve and vulnerable yet determined and strong-willed heroine. Jo now only wants to leave school and earn her own money so that she can get away from Helen. We used to object to plays where the factory workers came cap in hand and call the boss 'sir'. Jo and Geof seem happy. Other quotations and near-quotations appear in several other songs by The Smiths and Morrissey. She wanted to put working-class life and language on the stage, to portray ordinary life in all its colour and verve.
The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo's mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Act 2 Scene 2 — Geof should have grown a backbone in this scene. All while drinking themselves stupid and obviously considering everyone but themselves guilty for their faith. Jo's greatest fear is that her illegitimate baby might be mentally deficient like her own father. The correct year was provided by her daughter. That night Jimmy returns to console Jo and they spend their first, but fateful, night together before he heads out to sea, leaving Jo to fend for herself in a unforgiving world. Perhaps in the 50s society could only accept homosexuality within the confines of fidelity and partnerships.
Its success led to a transfer to the West End. The play was written by a precocious Salford teenager and female playwrights were fairly absent from British theatre. It was made into a highly acclaimed film in 1961. In a way this is a very sad thing to do, because not only does Jo lack financial stability, but also love and emotional security. After this conversation, Peter Helen's younger boyfriend comes in. I am not trying to justify un-motherly conduct, but she probably was never prepared to facet he responsibilities of a parent.
I had to scramble for my pen constantly as I read it to write down great snarky one-liners i. Keeping up the appearances was an important factor in life, and at the time public disgrace was a horrendous situation to be involved in. Delaney's other screenplays include , both 1967 and 1985. The main theme that seems to run through the play is parenthood and its difficulties in working-class Britain. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. When she learns that the baby will be black, she loses her nerve and rushes out for a drink, even though Jo's labour pains have just begun. Jo is not entirely sure of this answer and proves to us that she does not trust her mother in her honesty and actions.
Geoff is someone who lacks self-confidence and is in desperate search for acceptance security and companionship, he wants Jo to look at him as a man with defects and expects from her as much as she receives from him. Miss Delaney writes with the confidence of sheer ignorance. Brockman is at once bitter, vulnerable, and witty as she struggles to cope with the abandonment of her mother and boyfriend. A jazz trio sets the scene on a large, dilapidated apartment in a poor district of Manchester, England during a rainstorm. During that time, Jo begins a relationship with a colored sailor named Jimmy, who proposes to Jo and then leaves on a trip after getting Jo pregnant. Perhaps Helen thought that alcohol could help ease the pain of not being able to be a good parent and offer love and security to Jo.
Besides that, the ending felt very unsatisfying. She was 72 and lived near Filey, a village in Yorkshire. Delaney wrote her first play in ten days, after seeing 's some sources say it was after seeing , at the , during its pre—West End tour. He was an art student. What can I say about Geof? I find it difficult to judge plays too much from just a reading - they are, after all, written to be viewed and not read. Shelagh Delaney Born 1938-11-25 25 November 1938 , , , England Died 20 November 2011 2011-11-20 aged 72 , England Occupation Writer Language English Nationality British Period 1958—2011 Literary movement Notable works , , , Children Charlotte Delaney Shelagh Delaney, ; 25 November 1938 — 20 November 2011 was an English dramatist and screenwriter, best known for her debut work, 1958.
He lifted several song lyrics verbatim from the text in question. Yet while its language was relatable to the working class, its central subjects were very much taboo. The banter between Helen and Jo was realistic and quite endearing at times; that is until I realized it was not supposed to be banter, but actual arguments. He reassures her that Helen was probably mistaken about or exaggerating the mental deficiencies of Jo's father. However there was always this barrier between Jo and Geoff, generated by their different attitudes towards life and other issues that revolved around their respective characters. .
She failed the and attended Broughton Secondary Modern school before transferring to at the age of fifteen, where she gained five O-levels. Encyclopedia of British Writers: 19th and 20th Centuries, Infobase Publishing, 2003, p. In this play, Delaney has sought to to speak for marginalised and unrepresented voices — those that are homosexual, teenagers, and single mothers. The play, indeed, reads a little bit like the theatrical version of a Smiths album. His role in the play is of a young adult who meets Jo and eventually becomes her boyfriend. It is also about Jo's unshakeable optimism throughout her trials. Exactly what I hate the most about my side of town perfectly portrayed in this slim play: women making babies without wanting them with almost every man passing through their life; and then proceeding to make the life of said kids hell on Earth.
A Taste of Honey is a wonderful vignette of 1950s working-class Britain. There were major revivals in 2008 at Manchester Royal Exchange, and in 2014 at the National Theatre with Lesley Sharp playing the role of Helen. It exposes and challenges the then contemporary views of race, homosexuality and single motherhood through its realistic and shrewd writing - issues that Shelagh Delaney felt were being underrepresented in British theatre. Another good way the reader can see the qualities in Geoff is by comparing him to Helen, who is the total opposite of her and has taken better care of Jo in a short period of time than she has. The audience next sees Jo irritable and depressed by her pregnancy, with Geof patiently consoling her.