Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling
17 July – 1 August
Steel Magnolias written by Robert Harling tells the story of six women and how the bonds of their friendships strengthen through good times and bad.
The play is set in Chinquapin, Louisiana, in Truvy’s Beauty Salon where all the ladies, and anyone who is anyone, come to get their hair done. Wise-cracking beauty shop owner Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to her customers – “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realise it’s marching across your face” – and is helped by her new assistant Annelle.
Her customers include Miss Clairee, the local social leader “the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorise”, Ouiser, a wealthy curmudgeon “I’m not crazy…I’ve just been in a bad mood for 40 years”, and M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, who is about to marry her sweetheart, Jackson.
Infused with humour and tinged with tragedy, Steel Magnolias is a powerful portrait of women, delicate as a flower and strong as steel.
Directed by Tracey Owens