Shelagh Delaney A Taste of Honey: social and historical contexts

Lesson rationale:

A Taste of Honey caused a sensation when it was first staged in 1958. This was partly because its author, Shelagh Delaney, was a young working-class woman from the north of England at a time when the theatre was still dominated by a sophisticated metropolitan elite. It was also because the play confronted so many taboos: teenage pregnancy, single motherhood, sexuality and race. These activities encourage students to explore the social and historical context of the play so they can understand just how revolutionary it was when first performed, and why it continues to be so popular with audiences today.