A Taste of Honey (Sheffield)
Katie West certainly has the energy and intensity needed for the play's central character Jo; a tour de force part, never absent from the stage. Yet one comes to relish her rare quieter moments for the variety and respite they bring to the frantic pace and noise of the performance. Eva Pope provides a strong and striking counterpoint, as Jo's mother Helen, and Christopher Hancock is a breath of fresh air as the softer Geoffrey.
Soutra Gilmour's set design is functional, if uninspiring, but wobbles disconcertingly due to an unnecessary revolve. Her costumes, however, are memorable.
More than 50 years after its premiere, Delaney's play is still a remarkable piece of writing, not least in the way it stands as a document of its period, yet simultaneously has a strangely contemporary feel. But whilst Findlay's production is competent, it fails to explore all the theatrical possibilities the work presents.