December 9 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, September 15, 2013
THE new season of plays opens at a Welwyn Garden City theatre this week with a bittersweet tale of loneliness, love and betrayal.
A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney is the first production of the Barn Theatre’s 2013-2014 programme.
The play opens on Friday, September 20 and runs until Saturday, September 28.
Tickets are £11, and £8 for club members on the first Friday.
Shelagh Delaney was only 18 years old when she wrote this classic play, set in the late 1950s.
She rebelled against the usual dramatic portrayal of the nobility and rich middle classes.
Thus, the two main characters – Helen, the mother, and her teenage daughter Jo – are living in a dingy flat among the tenements and housing estates of North West England.
It is a play about people rather than having an intricate storyline.
At that time, theatre was entering into a new wave of angry young writers, most of who were men. Only two women, Delaney and Ann Jellicoe, broke through to see their work staged.
A Taste of Honey tackles serious issues such as social status, all the characters are working class, and poverty – Jo and her mother live in a slum area.
A gritty, honest and poignant piece, it also touches on race, with Jo’s lover being a black sailor, and homosexual behaviour – her male friend has feminine traits.
These were taboo subjects and revolutionary at the time Delaney wrote the piece. But these issues still dominate our world today.
Director Jon Brown will be bringing a freshness and a new energy to this classic piece of theatre.
There are performances of A Taste of Honey at the Barn Theatre, in Handside Lane, at 8pm throughout its run, with an extra 2.30pm matinee on Saturday, September 28.
For tickets, call the box office on 01707 324300, visit the Barn’s website at www.barntheatre.co.uk or call in person on performance nights between 7pm and 8.30pm, (matinees 1.30pm to 3pm).