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Genre: Drama

Playwright; Robert Harling



Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle,  


Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for forty years”), intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town.  


Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications.  


Eventually, when Shelby dies from complications related to her diabetes, M’Lynn has to deal with the most difficult of life’s challenges: the loss of one’s only child. As the women of Chinquapin makes their ways over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. “You have no idea how wonderful you are,” M’Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, “Of course we do.”  

Directed by: John O'Connor

Production Date: September 2019

Group:  BHTC 

Staged: The Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill

BHTC Production Number: 305



Truvy Jones

Annelle Dupuy-Desoto

Clairee Belcher

Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie

M'lynn Eatenton

Ouiser Boudreaux



Faith Fallon

Emma Hudson

Morag Mitchell

Sophie Jones

Lynda Brown

Isobell Holloway

David Tettersell




1st Assistant Director

2nd Assistant Director

Stage Manager

Stage Crew




Set Design

Set Construction

Set Painting




Hair Consultant


Voice Consultant

Wig Consultant

Musical Arranger

Publicity Team



Poster & Programme Design

Poster Photography

Front of House Manager

Box Office Manager


John O'Connor

Theresa O'Connor

Roxy Brooks

Dani Brown

Andy Squires, Laurence Long,

Terry Thompsett and Theresa O'Connor

Chris Childs

John & Theresa O'Connor and Cast

John O'Connor

Graham Wood

Des Fitzpatrick

Trudy Stewart and Cast

Pat Parker

Pauline Cook

Brittany Croydon-Kempster

(Honeycomb Hair Lounge)

Adriaane Sale

Alice Osborne

Jack Connor

Stephanie Somerville, Nicki Plank,

Nicola Cillins, Tim Kendell, Daisy Hook

Hannah Wilson and Laurence Leng

Stephanie Somerville and John O'Connor

Mid Sussex Photography

Rosalind Wood assisted by Club Members

Stephanie Somerville


Thanks to everyone who has assisted with this production.

Programme  - under construction

Publicity Photos

Mid-Sussex Times Review       view online 

Rehearsal Photos


Brighton & Hove Arts Council Drama Awards

The BHAC Award for Most Heart-Warming and Empathetic Production  Steel Magnolias BHTC
Nominated - Best Set Design - John O'Connor
Nominated - Best Back Stage Team - Burgess Hill Theatre Club
Nominated - Mike Padley Award for Best Supporting Actress - Faith Fallon as Truvy
Nominated  -The Vaughan Rees Award for Best Actress - Sophie Davies as Shelby

Nominated - Best Technical Achievement - Burgess Hill Theatre Club

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