Solar Theatre Productions presents
by Robert Harling
The Irish Stage Touring Premiere
Sponsored by Littlewoods Ireland
‘Laughter through tears is my favourite emotion,’ Truvy Act 2
Hollywood actress MISCHA BARTON (The Sixth Sense, The OC) makes her Irish stage debut as Shelby Eatenton, and ANNE CHARLESTON (fondly remembered as Madge Bishop in Neighbours) plays Ouiser Boudreaux in this all-Ireland Stage Touring Premiere of STEEL MAGNOLIAS.
Written by Robert Harling in memory of his sister Susan, the original play tells the classic, heart-warming tale we came to love on film. Featuring the lives of six Southern women, it is a story of love, loss and the enduring bond of friendship set in the exclusive surrounds of Truvy’s Beauty Parlour - the most successful shop in town.
Directed by Ben Barnes and featuring Ireland’s finest stage talent, the characters in this all-female ensemble are witty, intelligent and sometimes slightly crazy. Annelle, who’s not sure if she’s still married, is the eager new assistant to the outspoken romantic Truvy, who dispenses shampoo and free advice to her favourite clients: the town’s rich curmudgeon and dog-loving Ouiser, eccentric millionaire Miss Clairee and classic Southern mother M’Lynn, whose pretty daughter Shelby (a diabetic) is about to get married.
Opening on Shelby’s wedding day, the story moves towards tragedy when she risks pregnancy. The beauty and fragility of her life has a profound effect on all the women, but it is their underlying strength of love and their bond of friendship that pulls them through, no matter what.
Packed with 1980s nostalgia and memorable one-liners – ‘I’m not crazy M’Lynn, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years’ - Steel Magnolias is the funniest play ever to make you cry.
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