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A Taste of Honey
1: The Stage and Television Today 4.04.85
Zip Theatre Company has mounted a masterly production of Shelagh Delaney's "A Taste
of Honey". On a tour of schools and colleges in the West Midlands, Jon Lingard-
Dyll Ferreday gives a gripping performance as the schoolgirl daughter, wrestling
against a dreary existence in an attic slum, as she succumbs to the embrace of a
passing sailor, engagingly played by Amos Edwards. Tim Scott is a sympathetic art
student who protects her. Cathy Pemberton brings abrasive charm and beguiling style
to the feckless mother, while John Edgar conveys world-
The production does not hark back to late sixties, when the play was written, but puts the focus on an unchanging society of frustrated aspirations and the quirks of fate.
2: Express and Star 11.03.85 Taste of Honey is strong as ever
Shelagh Delaney, who failed her 11 plus and was a late developer, has a natural affinity with the tensions, anxieties and dilemmas of young people. Her play A Taste of Honey, written in 1957 when she was 18, is a CSE subject.
Wolverhampton's Zip Theatre, taking it on a tour of schools and college theatres in the West Midlands before a public performance at the Moreton Centre, Old Fallings Lane, Bushbury, on March 21, combines realism with its underlying lyrical qualities.
The strength and vibrant humour of Jon Lingard-
Dyll Ferreday gives an incisive performance as the schoolgirl daughter in a dreary
attic slum, falling into the embrace of a black sailor (Amos Edwards) and getting
pregnant. Tim Scott is a sympathetic art student who comforts and protects her. Cathy
Pemberton has abrasive charm as the feckless mother and John Edgar suggests world-