Set in the final days of the Second World War at Miss Mary’s Press and Curl beauty parlour and women’s boarding house in Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning unites a group of young women whose lives have been affected by the loss of men to the war and the upheaval of social attitudes that followed.
When sisters Taffy and Mabel tire of Leanne’s ongoing depression over a lack of correspondence from her soldier sweetheart, Bobby, they persuade new lodger and aspiring writer, Gladys, to write to Leanne in Bobby’s hand. As their lies spiral out of control, the girls and Miss Mary must learn to navigate the nuances of love, sexuality and sisterhood.
At times laugh-out-loud funny, at times tragically sad, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning always rings true. It is the second of Katori Hall’s ‘Memphis Plays’.