A Hull Truck Theatre and Derby Theatre production


by Shelagh Delaney
Directed by Mark Babych


A Hull Truck Theatre and Derby Theatre production

A Taste of Honey

by Shelagh Delaney
Directed by Mark Babych

Salford 1959: 17-year-old Jo is desperate to break free from her vulgar, wayward and manhunting mother, Helen.

Resilient and feisty, Jo's instinct for survival and happiness leads her to a taste of honey when she falls in love with Jimmy, a black sailor on shore leave. Abandoned by her mother and left to cope on her own, Jo's courage is tested yet again when Jimmy returns to sea, and she discovers she's pregnant.

Defiant in the face of convention, Jo moves in with her friend Geoffrey, a young art student, who assumes the role of surrogate father to her unborn child. As their relationship deepens, Jo discovers that her independent spirit is both her torment and her salvation.

One of the most influential plays of its generation, A Taste of Honey was written when Shelagh Delaney was only 18. It burst onto the stage in 1961 in a production that took the West End by storm. Part of the post-war kitchen sink movement, the play later became a classic of British cinema.

A Taste of Honey is Mark Babych's debut production as Hull Truck Theatre's new Artistic Director and is in coproduction with Derby Theatre.

Creative team

A Taste of Honey


Mark Babych


Hayley Grindle

Set & Costume Designer

Ciaran Bagnall

Lighting Designer

James Frewer

Music and Sound Designer

Music and Sound Designer

Movement Director

Paul Smith

Assistant Director

Kay Magson

Casting Director

Nikki Colclough

Company Stage Manager

Sarah Follon

Deputy Stage Manager


Julie Riley


Rebecca Ryan


James Weaver


Lekan Lawal



Christopher Hancock