Superficially, Shelagh Delaney’s 1958 play, A Taste of Honey, appears to be one with the so-called “kitchen sink” works such as the plays of John Osborne and Arnold Wesker, works that portrayed the poverty-stricken surroundings of their characters upon the British stage. Moreover, Delaney came to be associated with the lower, middle-class writers of the so-called “Angry Young Men” of the 1950s.
There’s a little boy there and his hair, honestly, it’s
walking away. And his ears. Oh! He’s a real
mess! He never goes to school. He just sits on
that front doorstep all day. I think he’s a bit
helen: ….Pass me that bottle—it’s in the carrier.
jo: Why should I run round after you? [Takes whisky
bottle from bag.]
helen: Children owe their parents these little attentions.
jo: I don’t owe you a thing.
life and then he ran off with that landlady’s daughter.