A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

Jo and her mother, Helen, live a transient life in the grey, bleak tenement houses of Manchester, continually moving in an attempt to stay one step ahead of angry landlords.

Left by herself as her mother spends evenings away with her latest boyfriend, Jo meets Jimmy, a black sailor on shore leave, and starts a brief relationship which is abruptly ended when Jimmy skips town.

As Helen moves in with her new husband, Jo sets out to lead an independent life and soon starts an unusual, loving relationship with a young, closeted homosexual named Geoffrey who is trying to escape problems of his own.

Q&A screening presented by Birds Eye View

Following a special presentation of A Taste of Honey on 35mm film, we are joined by Rita Tushingham (star of A Taste of Honey), writer Charlotte Delaney and Bird's Eye View's Mia Bays. Sunday 8 July 3.00pm, Curzon Soho.

This event is to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the play by Shelagh Delaney on which the film is based. Written when she was 19, through A Taste of Honey, Delaney comments on, and puts into question, class, race, gender and sexual orientation in mid-twentieth-century Britain. It was ground-breaking and still studied in schools worldwide to this day.

With thanks to Park Circus and Birds Eye View.

Birds Eye View


Tony Richardson


Rita Tushingham, Murray Melvin, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens

Running Time:

100 minutes


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