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A Taste of Honey


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This volume includes a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations and photographs from stage productionsThe stage play was awarded the Foyle's New Play Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle AwardThe screenplay for the film version was awarded the British Film Academy award and the Robert Flaherty AwardThe play is a set text on the AQA Drama, EDEXCEL Drama and OCR Drama lists for 2007/850 years after first publication, the annual sales for A Taste of Honey are in excess of 1,000 copies

About the Author

Shelagh Delaney was born in Salford, Lancashire. She is most well-known 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.


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)*

Delaney's achievement was to write, with comic vividness, about the world she knew . . . the tone is often raucously comic, and the final message is of the human spirit's capacity for survival.

The inimitability of a classic ... A Taste of Honey hits the sweet spot all over again.
*The Times*

Delaney's play was not just wise and accomplished for a girl of eighteen. It is wise and accomplished, full stop.

The real genius of Delaney's work is in how it anticipates the future realities of late 20th-century Britain ... themes which have yet to be fully accepted by society.

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