A Taste of Honey Update

Janis Marshall Reilly as Helen.
Janis Marshall Reilly as Helen.

We weren’t booed off the stage! Always a good sign.

On Friday we had our rehearsed reading for LGBT History Month and I think it went well – the actors put real energy and emotion into their performances, as well as bravely singing!

The audience seemed to connect with the material and the evaluation forms were great – they enjoyed the story and understood the context. The language in the play is horrific – everything from ‘black beast’ to ‘pansy’ to ‘retarded’ gets thrown at the characters, who in turn internalize it, worry over it, and throw it back at others. And this is a liberal, ground-breaking play. This is where the modern equal rights movements started from. We’ve come a long way – but sadly – the tendency to negatively attribute others is still there.

One person wondered if the play was relevant to LGBT History Month – which I think is down to me not making a speech at the beginning… I got too shy!!! Really I needed to set the scene, and explain. I mostly got away with it – but never again. I will write a speech and nervously read it if I have to.

I’m immensely proud of my actors – Janis Marshall Reilly as Helen, Gillian Massey as Jo, Alan McLaren as Geof, Daniel Sweetman as Jimmie and Ron Stirling as Peter – they were bloody marvelous!

(from the left) Gillian Massey, Daniel Sweetman, Janis Marshall Reilly, Ron Stirling & Alan McLaren.
(from the left) Gillian Massey, Daniel Sweetman, Janis Marshall Reilly, Ron Stirling & Alan McLaren.
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