50th anniversary film screening

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 November 2011

Murray Melvin with Rita Tushingham

Murray Melvin with Rita Tushingham


Stratford Picturehouse will be a holding a 50th Anniversary screening of A Taste Of Honey on November 16 in partnership with Theatre Royal Stratford East and the BFI.

There will be shows at 3pm and 8.30pm, followed by Q&A with original cast member Muray Melvin and BFI fiction curator Jo Botting.

An exhibition of original materials from the film and stage show will bew displayed in the cinema bar.

Initially a play written by the then-18 year old Shelagh Delaney, A Taste Of Honey was first produced by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, before being adapted into an award winning film.

Set in the northwest of England in the 1950’s, the film stars Rita Tushingham as Jo, a 17-year-old working class girl from Salford.

Neglected by her mother, she starts a relationship with a black sailor (Paul Danquah), but when he goes to sea she finds herself alone and pregnant and moves in with her gay friend, Geoffrey (Murray Melvin), who assumes the role of surrogate father.

Groundbreaking in its day (the film was initially rated ‘X’), the film presents the taboos of mixed-race relationships, teenage pregnancy and unmarried mothers, and also went against the grain in foregrounding a strong female character.

Tickets are priced £6.50 for adults, £4.50 concessions, £ members. Call 0871 902 5740 or book online at .

School groups can book tickets at £2.50 per student directly through the education department by emailing or calling 07918745267.

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