A Taste of Honey

By Susan Delaney

When Delaney’s play A Taste of Honey premiered in 1959 it sent shockwaves throughout the theatrical world and defined how theatre was used to depict and criticise our everyday life.

Jo hasn’t had it easy, growing up with a volatile, alcoholic mother, moving from one bed-sit to another. Until Jo meets Jimmie, a black sailor, who she spends the night with while her mum is gallivanting with a younger man.

Jo finds out she is pregnant, and with her mother abandoning her, seeks solace with a homosexual friend, Geoffrey, who becomes a leading father figure to Jo. But when Jo’s mother reappears, the life that she has so carefully put together for herself starts to fall away again.