Archives - Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Directed by David Thompson

Saturday 28th March – Saturday 4th April 1992 in the Auditorium

First produced in New York in 1987, Steel Magnolias opened at the Lyric Theatre in 1989. Just released for amateur production, the Barn will be one of the first companies to present this humorous and moving play.

Set in small town America, the play centres around the lives of six women who meet in Truvy’s beauty parlour. Over a three year period Clairee, Ouiser, M’Lynn and Shelby, Truvy’s regular clients, and Annelle, her assistant, share their good and bad fortune, providing support for one another through birth, marriage and death.

This warmhearted and sparkling comedy is, above all else, about the strength and purposefulness of some very real characters.

Much to be enjoyed but bring a handkerchief!


  • Hertford
    • Placed Third
    • Best Stage Presentation
    • Most Promising Actress for Dianne Sells

Part of the Barn’s 1991/1992 season and a festival entry

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Truvy-Joan Hodges
Annelle-Dianne Sells
Clairee-Irene Gill
Shelby-Emily Thompson
M’Lynn-Joan Salmon
Ouiser-Hedone Faulkner
Voice of DJ-Steve Thompson

Creative team

Director-David Thompson
Design-Sue Walters
Lighting Design-Derek Palmer
Sound-Paul Jennings
Original Music-Jill Jarman
Stage Manager-Jo Shaw
Assistant Stage Manager-Juliet Lloyd
Prompter-Peggy Thompson
Lighting Operator-Mel Dixon
Wardrobe-Anne Classey
Carol Marks
Deborah Thompson
Properties-Jean Amato
Pumpkins-Isla Petch
Set Construction-Brian Duffy
John Lloyd
Charlie Freeman
Brian Moseley
Harrold Muncey
Jo Shaw
John Walters
Set Dressing-Sue Walters
Hairdressing Adviser-Jayne Beecroft
Programme and Poster Design-Jenny Collingwood
Programme Notes-Adrian Gurney
Production Secretary-Sylvia Pepper

Thanks to Academy Hairdressing, Welwyn Garden City for hair and wig dressing, Saks Hair and Beauty, The Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City, for hairdressing and make–up and Hairline of Harpenden for the loan of hairdryers.

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