Steel Magnolias


Ruth king

October 2000


Robert Harling’s original play was based in part on his sister,who died in 1985 of complications from Type 1 diabetes. It was later filmed – starring Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts.

Hilarious and touching, this play for six women is set in a beauty parlour in Louisiana. Through four scenes spanning three years the staff and customers engage in small-town gossip but we see a deep strength and purposefulness emerge when Shelby - a diabetic - dies following a kiDavid Nixoney transplant operation.