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Show delivers laughs and poignancy

A Taste of Honey ANL-140506-085207001

A Taste of Honey ANL-140506-085207001

A mother and daughter in turmoil have brought laughter, joy, despair and music to the stage in Bury St Edmunds.

A mother and daughter in turmoil have brought laughter, joy, despair and music to the stage in Bury St Edmunds.

A Taste of Honey tells the story of a mother and daughter trying to escape from poverty and each other in 1950s Salford.

At Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal this week the play opened with an amusing argument that revealed the tensions between the pair as they moved into one in a long line of desolate bedsits.

The first act delivered many laughs as well as some great music and drama.

However it was after the interval that the actors really drew the audience in as their lives began to unravel.

A Taste of Honey is known as one of a taboo-breaking play in the 1950s and the themes of poverty, teenage pregnancy and alcoholism remain poignant.

Rebbeca Ryan was fantastic as Jo, the daughter of promiscuous Helen.

She portrayed teenage idealism fantastically and showed despair and confusion as alone and pregnant she began to morph into her mother.

The laughs continued throughout even as the protagonists watched all they had built up crumble around them.

A Taste of Honey is showing until June 7. EL

 

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