Westacre Theatre Company to stage Steel Magnolias

From left are Hazel Wilson, Charly Nash, Leah Spencer, Karen Bates and Katherine Shaw in rehearsal for Steel Magnolias to be staged at Westacre Theatre
From left are Hazel Wilson, Charly Nash, Leah Spencer, Karen Bates and Katherine Shaw in rehearsal for Steel Magnolias to be staged at Westacre Theatre
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There is no such thing as natural beauty in Truvy Jones’ successful salon.

Over the persistent buzz of blow-dryers and through copious clouds of hairspray, this is the gathering place for a multi-generational group of women with decidedly different backgrounds.

Set in 1980s Louisiana, Westacre Theatre Company’s next drama, Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling is based on a true episode in his own personal life.

It is about the unique bond between mothers and daughters, it is a moving and ultimately uplifting play. So powerful is the theme of love and enduring female friendship, that it was transformed into the successful blockbuster film grossing over US$100 million.

Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town and the play opens with the joy and excitement of her wedding day.

Although she loves her mother M’Lynn dearly, there is an underlying tension with a battle of wills bubbling under.

Through genuine reasons of concern, M’Lynn finds it difficult to let go but Shelby wants to assert herself on her special day.

The story focuses on the next three years – Shelby being married and fulfilling her dream of getting pregnant and having a family. “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.”

Matt and Sadie Grist’s direction at Westacre Theatre highlights how small-town gossip can evolve into a far stronger steadfast strength supporting each other through thick and thin.

With the play both hilarious and touching, Matt Grist observes “Steel Magnolias is deeply revealing about the purpose behind the sparkling banter.” Sadie adds “Sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death. It’s the funniest play to make you cry!”

Tickets are selling fast but some are still available for all eight performances between Wednesday, August 10, and Saturday, August 20 at £16 from www.westacretheatre.com or by calling the Box Office on 01760 755800.