A Taste of Honey Rehearsed Reading

Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin in the film version, 1961
Rita Tushingham and Murray Melvin in the film version, 1961

Behold ! : 

Audition Notice: A Taste Of Honey by Shelagh Delaney

Performance : A rehearsed reading on Friday 21st February 2014 for LGBT History Month

Venue: Govanhill Baths

Directed by Karen Barclay.

It’s Manchester in 1958 and teenager Jo and her semi-prostitute mother, Helen, are forced to flit from grim flat to grim flat. When Jo gets pregnant by a Welsh black sailor and Helen moves in with her new husband, Jo forms a friendship with a gay art student and they tentatively prepare forthe baby’s arrival.

Characters :
Jo – 17, messy, defiant, funny, energetic, but melancholy and scared of growing up.
Helen – 40, her mother, brash, tarty, proud, tries to be understanding.
Peter – 30, Helen’s boyfriend, charming, drunk, abusive, a car salesman.
Boy – in his 20s, a black sailor from Cardiff, good humoured, flirtatious, beneath that is intelligence and some repressed anger.
Geoffrey – in his late teens or early 20s, gay, an art student who dresses as flamboyantly as he can, made homeless by a bigoted landlady, cagey, likes to look after Jo.

There’s some singing in the play – it doesn’t have to be tuneful, but it does have to be confident. The characters are realistic and natural, but have internalized popular culture and will mimic the songs and patter of music hall turns.

For the audition, please prepare a short excerpt from a modern play, no longer than 2 minutes

Auditions will be held in early January by appointment in Govanhill Baths. To arrange an individual audition date and time, please e-mail strathclydetheatregroup@hotmail.co.uk

This rehearsed reading is supported by LGBT History Month, LGBT Youth Scotland, Creative Scotland and Homecoming Scotland

If you live in or near Glasgow, and see yourself in any of the roles – please apply!


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