See Shameless star Ryan in A Taste Of Honey

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Shelagh Delaney’s classic tale A Taste Of Honey can be seen at Derby Theatre from April 29-May 10, presented by Derby Theatre and Hull Truck Theatre Production.

Shameless and Waterloo Road star Rebecca Ryan heads the cast of the production.

Rebecca Ryan will be bringing to life the role of Jo.

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.

Ticket details for the play are available by calling the box office on 01332 593939.

Rebecca Ryan said about appearing in A Taste of Honey: “I’m really happy 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 be 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.

Tickets cost £10.50 - £25.50 (concessions £10.50 - £23.50).