A celebration with special guests
A celebration of the groundbreaking play by Shelagh Delaney, an immediate sensation in 1958 for its unflinching portrayals of class, race and sex. With original cast member Murray Melvin, Shelagh’s daughter Charlotte and biographer Selina Todd, and live jazz from the score.
A Taste of Honey is notable for many reasons: for Delaney’s portrayal of working class characters, for centring women in the narrative and for writing unflinchingly on race, poverty, sex and homosexuality – so skilfully that they passed censorship by the Lord Chamberlain’s office – all written in the rhythm and cadences of northern dialects covered little in other theatre of the day.
Murray Melvin starred as Geoffrey in the original production, the West End transfer and the 1961 film. Alongside a distinguished career in theatre, television and films with, among others Ken Russell and Stanley Kubrick, Melvin has also taken on the role of archivist at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. He is the author of two books: The Art of Theatre Workshop and The Theatre Royal, A History of the Building.
Charlotte Delaney is the daughter of Shelagh Delaney and a playwright and writer. Most recently her play Sweet Responsibility premiered at Salford Arts Theatre in June 2017.
Selina Todd is a writer and Professor of Modern History, Oxford University. Her research focuses on class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives. She is the author of Young Women, Work, and Family in England – which won the Women's History Network book prize – and The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910-2010.
We regret that Dame Joan Plowright is no longer able to take part in this event.
With live jazz from Dave Priseman (trumpet, fluelhorn, cornet), Nigel Price (guitar) and Chris Rodel (double bass).
Image: Shelagh Delaney
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