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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 3. 1962.

Intellectual Sex Comes to the Concert Chamber

Intellectual Sex Comes to the Concert Chamber

Let me outline the plot of "A Taste of Honey" for you. The heroine was begotten through a haystack encounter between her semi-whore of a mother and a mental case. The daughter is seduced by a Cardiff West Indian and sets up home with a young homosexual art student when her mother runs off with a drunkard. After hearing this you might feel that you are in for quite a tragic evening's entertainment. Not a bit of it. "Taste of Honey" which will be presented by Unity Theatre at the Concert Chamber, Wellington, from April 10-14 is a play shot through with the exuberance of living.

First performed by Theatre Workshop in East Stratford London, the play met with instantaneous success. It was transferred to the West End and ran for two years there before enjoying another long run on Broadway.

Unity Theatre has long been the company which believes in presenting realistic truthful plays of today. In the past five years Wellington theatre-goers have had the opportunity of seeing many briltiant N.Z. premieres. "The Entertainer," "Look Back in Anger," "A View from the Bridge," "The Birthday Party" and "The Hostage" to name but a few.

For this latest Australian Premiere a talented cast has been brought together. Helen Brew, who delighted audiences recently in Baxter's 'Three Women and the Sea" as the snobbish sister, now turns her talent to a woman much lower in the social scale. Jennifer Hogan, Peter Vere-Jones, and David Taylor are all Training College students. The part of Geoff is played by Robin Slessor.

The play should be of special interest to University Students as it is being produced by Ralph McAllister a full-time Arts student. Student concessions can be obtained from the producer, who will frequently be found in the cafeteria.

With "A Taste of Honey," a play full of passion, frankness, and beauty, it looks as if Unity Theatre will score another triumph.