ABOUT THE PLAY: In Truvy’s Louisiana beauty parlour, a tightly-knit band of friends confront life’s unforeseen tragedies and heartaches with what they do best: gossiping, sharing and laughing. Joining the kind and witty Truvy are: Shelby, the spirited diabetic and bride-to-be; M’Lynn; her always supportive mother; Anelle, Truvy’s gawky new assistant; Ouiser, the local curmudgeon and Clairee, the town’s former First Lady. These are the warm Southern Belles who support one another through life’s challenges with their wry observations, quick wit and unwavering friendship and when tragedy strikes, it is the familiar comfort of Truvy’s where they seek the solace and support to carry them through.
American writer Robert Harling wrote Steel Magnolias as a way of coping with the passing of his sister, Susan, who died in 1985 from complications related to diabetes. The title infers that the female characters are as delicate as the flowers on the magnolia tree they are arguing about when we first meet them, but in reality they are as tough as steel.
Directed by Emma Love, this wonderful script will take you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions – it’s very funny but be warned! You may need a tissue or two!
Off Broadway Theatre is a small, intimate and friendly space with easy access from street level for people with mobility difficulties. Row A is at ground level and the seating is tiered from Row B upwards, giving everyone a good view of the stage. The licensed bar is open prior to curtain up and again for a short while after the performance.
Seats A13 & 14 are held in reserve for companions of patrons with mobility needs who book seats A12 or A15 - please call iTICKET 361 1000 to book.
Tickets will also be available in person at Off Broadway Box Office, Elliot St from Saturday 16 October, every Wednesday and Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm only.