Steel Magnolias – a review – On at The Forum Theatre -until Sept 26th

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling and performed by Tip Top Productions in Chester

Book your tickets now!

Chester Culture were lucky enough to be part of the audience last night for Tip Top’s production of STEEL MAGNOLIAS at The Forum Studio Theatre.


The characters we know and love so well from this classic film absolutely came to life on the stage. These 6 actors took on their roles with so much enthusiasm, power and emotion- not to mention the lovely southern accents they had obviously worked very hard on.

The entire stage is transformed into Truvey’s Hair salon- and what a great couple of hours we all enjoy there! The gossip, jokes, happiness, sadness, love and tears shared by these 6 unlikely friends is an honour to be part of. It will also make you want to go out and get your hair/nails done hunny!

We are drawn to these ladies from the start laughing when Oiuser says “I am not Crazy!! I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 4o years” or when Shelby and her mama argue, fight, make-up and do it all over again… we are drawn in as if we are there in their small town hair salon riding this emotional roller coaster with them.

Truvy proclaims near then end of the play (with tears) “laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!”

Thats exactly what the actors achieve.

Laughter through tears.

A reminder of the importance of friendship and loyalty.

The actors are local and some including: Alison Pritchard (M’Lynn), Julia Bona (Ouiser) and Eileen Reisin (Truvy) have been in recent productions including “Bothered and Bewildered” at The Forum Theatre. Pippa Bona (Annelle), Annable Johnson (Shelby) and Jean Lawrence (Clairee) have all been in local theatre and this was their time with TipTop.

Director Gail Young has directed many plays for Tip Top.

Steel Magnolias

September 17th – 26th – The Forum Studio Theatre book online or call

01244 341296

They are proof for all of us that theatre is still alive and well in this city of ours. It takes US the people of the city to encourage, promote and actively support it at every opportunity.

Tip Top productions offer a wide range of plays including the upcoming:

Doppel Dietrich

October 2nd 2015

The Forum Studio Theatre

Love Story

Music by Howard Goodall, Book by Stephen Clark, Lyrics by Howard Goodhall and Stephen Clark

October 15th – 24th 2015

The Forum Studio Theatre

Half Term Holiday Worshop


October 26th – 30th 2015

The Forum Studio Theatre

Christmas Panto!

There are also publicly announced auditions and the chance to become involved as a volunteer within the club too. Have a look at their web page for more details.

Production Team:

Director: Gail Young

Lighting: Mark Shenton

Sound: Paul White

Props: Annette Clemence & Amelia Hawkes

Costumes: Individual cast members

Publicity: Sally Dillon & Steve Cain


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