Shameless and Waterloo Road actress Rebecca Ryan is set to head to Doncaster next month to star in a production of Shelagh Delaney’s much loved tale, A Taste of Honey.
Rebecca will bring to life the iconic role of Jo in the play which comes to Cast from May 13-17 at 7.30pm.
She said: “I’m thrilled to be starring in such an archetypal play by an inspirational writer. Being from Manchester this is a role that’s close to home for me and I’m particularly excited to taking this production out on the road with such an illustrious company as Hull Truck Theatre. “
Rebecca Ryan will be joined in the cast by Julie Riley, Christopher Hancock, Lekan Lawal and James Weaver.
Set in Salford in 1959 the play follows 17-year-old Jo who is desperate to break free from her wayward mother, Helen. Jo’s instinct for survival and pursuit of happiness leads her to fall in love with Jimmy, a sailor on shore leave. Abandoned by her mother, 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 and later became a classic of British cinema.
A Taste of Honey will be Hull Truck Theatre’s artistic director Mark Babych’s debut production for the theatre. The production is being co-produced with Derby Theatre.
Tickets for A Taste of Honey are on sale via Doncaster Ticket Office and are priced at £16.50 / £13.50 concessions* including booking fee on 01302 303 959 and from castindoncaster.com