A Taste of Have honey opens with Helen and Jo moving into a damaged flat. Helen provides money for them through prostitution ( she disagrees).
Jo refers to her mother as Helen rather than mum. We are told that Helen has been a bad mother to Jo. Jo explains to her mother that she wants to leave school and begin to make her own money.
Peter proposes marriage to Helen. Helen isn’t sure however, Peter learns that Helen is much older than he thought.
He recognises Jo’s age, Peter leaves and we are introduced to Jo’s boyfriend, who is black. He proposes and she agrees and they decide to get married when he returns from the Navy six months from then.
Jo’s boyfriend gives her a ring which she ties on her hair ribbon around her neck.
Helen tells Jo she is going to get married to Peter, and Peter arrives. Jo requests that she wants to see Peter’s pictures of women in his wallet. He agrees.
Helen and Peter exit for a trip, and Jo thinks Helen won’t be back, Jo’s boyfriend comes over and looks after her , and she requests that he stay with her over Christmas.
Jo’s ill and isn’t attending Helen’s wedding. Helen sees that Jo has a ring around her ribbon and pulls it off of her daughter’s neck.
She tells Jo she can’t get married at such a young age.
Jo questions who her real father is. Helen tells Jo that she was married to a Puritan who wouldn’t sleep with her, she’s says the man she slept with was a ‘bit retarded.’ This is Jo’s father, and Helen leaves Jo again to go to her wedding.
A Taste of Honey
A Taste of Honey is the first play by the British dramatist Shelagh Delaney written when she was only 19 years old. It was intended as a novel, but she turned it into a play because she hoped to revitalise British theatre and address social issues that she thought were not being presented.