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Jo the teenage heroine who lives in a filthy tenement bedsitter is deserted by her nagging peroxided mother who is unaware that her daughter is pregnant by I read this because Wikipedia said Delaney was on the cover of the Girlfriend in a Coma single and Morrisey claimed she was a big inspiration for him I guess I can see how the characters' manners of speech reflect Moz's lyrical style certainly it does so than Wilde but the topic matter is a bit different The drama wasn't really there but as a character study and work of realism it's a good first play

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A Taste of Honey A PlayA black sailor Jo's greatest fear is that her illegitimate baby might be mentally deficient like her own father To soothe clean and cook for her is Geof a In this play Delaney has sought to to speak for marginalised and unrepresented voices – those that are homosexual teenagers and single mothers She rejects nostalgic Northern working class identities associated with strict gender roles in the gay manstraight woman relationship between Josephine and Geoffrey Ingham She also rejects the stereotype of the witless and passive working class in the biting sarcastic duologues between Jo and her mother Helen Jo also present a cheerful willingness to be in charge of what Helen calls “the steering of wheel destiny which opposes Orwell's view that the working classes are always acted upon The play was written by a precocious Salford teenager and female playwrights were fairly absent from British theatre Thankfully it offered an alternative to the awfully misogynist play Look Back in Anger by John Osborne However the play in my view has dated because the play despite its attempt to challenge prejudices still adopts stereotypes; the working class matriarch in Helen the rootless ideal of black male sexuality in the 'black boy' who impregnates Jo the 'harmless sissy' in Geoff and the teenage single parent in Jo So what is she trying to achieve? Is she cleverly presenting marginalised figures within 'normative' frameworks in order to legitimise them as they represent moral codes deemed threatening to working class identity Despite this I was saddened that the character of Geoffrey conforms to a stereotype of the 'effeminate gay' placed within an acceptable responsible role of parenthood and partnership with Jo He is desexualised and unconnected to a gay community Perhaps in the 50s society could only accept homosexuality within the confines of fidelity and partnerships

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Download A Taste of Honey Book Ó ↠ Jo the teenage heroine who lives in a filthy tenement bedsitter is deserted by her nagging peroxided mother who is unaware that her daughter is pregnant by a black sailor Jo's greatest fear is that her illegitimate baby might be mentally deficient like her own father To soothe clean and cook for her is Geof an N effeminate art student with whom she makes a temporary home Bruised by insensitivity and rejection the boy and girl find a very real comfort in each othe I don't read plays haven't done since school Back then I didn't particularly enjoy it as I'd rather either read a novel or see a performance not be stuck in some grey area between the two After reading this play I can't say my opinion has changed a lot I could appreciate the skill in telling a story mainly in dialogue with just a few stage directions to add context but I really missed the emotion and depth that I know would be there in a performance Because this is a story I would like to get involved in A loved the working class setting and the issues it brought up about life in that class in 1950's Britain for a young woman and her neglectful mother Dealing with issues like interracial relationships unplanned pregnancy and poverty written in the time it was set when Delaney was only 18 this was a bold and exciting work But for me I just couldn't connect with the characters and while some of the dialogue was seering and witty it didn't feel particularly natural I don't always have to like a character but I do have to feel something and often in this I just felt irritated by them And when it's such a character led piece I struggled to enjoy it because of that