So rich in anecdotes has Newry Journal been in recent days and weeks that I have sometimes forgotten to highlight my favourite week of the year, Newry Dr
The Festival kicks off tonight with
Stuart Carolan’s debut play tells the story of a fractured family in present-day
I hope like me you bought a Season Ticket and that, if unable to attend every night you will loan your ticket to another to ensure full houses for all performances!
Belvoir Players of Belfast offer the ever-popular Steel Magnolias tomorrow (Saturday) night.
Steel Magnolias by playwright Robert Harling was made into a film starring some of the Hollywood greats including Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Daryyl Hannah and Sally Field. Based on the author’s experience with the death of his sister, Steel Magnolias is a comedy about the bond among a group of women in northwest Louisiana.
The action centres around Truvy’s beauty parlor and some women who regularly gather there. The dr
The stage play is still popular today and has frequent productions mounted throughout America. All of the action of the play takes place solely on one set – Truvy’s beauty salon (which is part of her house). There are only six characters (all female) that appear on stage. There is the voice of a DJ on the radio that is heard during the play. All the other characters (like the male characters) that appear in the film version are only referred to in the dialogue.
The film would go on to gross more than US$183.7 million. Robert Harling adapted his own play, which was heavily rewritten to incorporate many more characters. It was his first produced screenplay, and he also appears in the film as the preacher. The film’s director was Herbert Ross.
The casting and sets of the film go far beyond the modest means of the original play to include male characters, ensembles, and outdoor scenes. The sequence of the action as well was more tightly linked with major holidays in the film than in the play. Much dialogue was added, and several lines in the play were cut or assigned to other characters than originally intended. In addition, Truvy is given only one son instead of two.