Doors open 8pm TOKE’S Bar
Selina Todd discusses with Auriol Smith and Sam Walters how nineteen year-old Shelagh Delaney redefined what art could be with her first and best-known play A Taste of Honey, set in her native Salford. Premiering in 1958, the established press condemned it as tasteless muck but builders, labourers and office workers told the BBC that Honey was ‘about people like us, isn’t it? Real life.’
‘a riveting book’ David Hare
‘splendid and illuminating book’ The Guardian
Selina Todd, Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, grew up in Newcastle, and was educated at comprehensive school. The history she writes–about class, inequality, working-class history, feminism and women’s lives in modern Britain–is one of anger and defiance, but ultimately of hope for a better future. Her Sunday Times best seller The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910–2010, was described by The Observer as ‘A book we badly need’.
Auriol Smith and Sam Walters MBE trained as actors (Sam after reading English at Merton College Oxford), 1971 cofounded the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, and have directed in the West End, regional theatres, and drama schools. In 1963 Auriol played Jo in A Taste of Honey for Lincoln Rep, and Helen for Worcester in 1969 when Sam played Peter.
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