'A taste of honey' written by Shelagh Delaney in 1959.

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A Taste of Honey

‘A taste of honey’ was written by Shelagh Delaney in 1959. The play is set in a rough area in Manchester. It is an industrial city. Most of the play is set in a cheap, dull flat that needs demolishing. The flat seems as if it has been derelict for years. At that time people were very poor and scruffy and lived in a harsh surrounding.

In the 50’s there wasn’t many black people, because they had just started to immigrate. This might have caused a shock in those days because a white person getting together with a black person just wouldn’t have been acceptable to society. People were very racist and if two different coloured people were seen together as a couple they would have felt very uncomfortable.

Divorces were very uncommon then and were frowned upon. Only 1 in 100 marriages would end up in a divorce, unlike 1 in 3 now. Also if you were living together with someone without being married you would be condemned by society. This could be because then the churches had greater influence on people as more people went to church.

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The flat that they lived in was an old ruin. “… You can afford something better than this old ruin…” There was no heating and it was freezing, “…God! It’s freezing! …” “… But there's a lovely view of the gas works…” Helen says this so we know that she’s got a positive attitude or she’s got a sense of humour. They had to share a bathroom with the rest of the tenants that lived in the flats. The wallpaper was old and was probably dirty and ruined. There was damp rising everywhere in the house. This shows the ...

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