Steel Magnolias

Date 18th November 2013
Society Horncastle Theatre Company
Venue Lion Theatre, Horncastle
Type of Production PLAY
Director Priscilla Danby-Burbage


Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

An overfull diary meant I chose to see the Dress Rehearsal of Robert Harling's interesting and very moving play. Featuring Truvy's Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, the set was delightful with great attention to details, a good lighting plot and realistic sound effects. The plot revolves around Truvy; her young assistant, Annelle; a mother and daughter, M'Lynn and Shelby along with a couple more ladies Clairee and Ouiser.The ladies need to wear clothing according to the season and they made good choices. During the two acts, over a couple of years elapse when the ladies' interests, concerns, hopes, fears and joys are discussed while the clients are having hair-dressing and other beauty treatments. I congratulate Shirley Moffat and Shannon Woodley [Truvy and Annelle] on the skills they have practised. Clearly a lot of time had been taken over these. Without exception all the ladies maintained their respective characters extremely well. There was tension, humour, pathos and caring very evident throughout the action. I am confident the audiences will be equally as impressed with the ladies' performance as I was.