PTE Colin Jackson Studio (Venue 17), until Saturday
A Taste of Honey, which was part of the first wave of British kitchen-sink drama (think the stories of ordinary lives), was written by Shelagh Delaney at the tender age of 18. So it’s no surprise the strongest character is a 17-year-old girl, Jo, played by Victoria Hill, who shines in the role.
And the rest of the cast isn’t far behind her.
Kirsten Wattis plays her slatternly mother, Helen, who’s finally landed a man with money. Perhaps she and Jo can at last escape from the latest in a string of dingy apartments and stop the constant moving, which has left Jo disconnected from the world, her mother, school and her artistic talent.
The costumes, the clever set and the strong performances — including consistent north England accents — invite you into another world, the world of mid-1950s, working-class Britain.
A warning: this is a 90-minute play in a very hot venue, but well worth the sweat.
— Julie Carl
From the official Fringe Festival program:
A British "kitchen sink" play from the 1960s that broke new ground in theatre through its exploration of class, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
The dual between Jo, who strives for a better life and her mother Helen, who has other plans, rages within the confines of a seedy flat in Salford, England.
Will a taste of honey be enough?
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 90 min.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Herbal Cigarettes, Foreign Accents