52 years ago this month (October 1966) the small coal-mining town of Aberfan in Wales was hit by a devastating event that killed 116 children and 28 adults.
The Aberfan disaster as it became known, was the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip at 9.15 am on 21 October 1966. The tip had been created on a mountain slope above the Welsh village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil and overlaid a natural spring. A period of heavy rain led to a build-up of water within the tip which caused it to suddenly slide downhill as a slurry, killing 116 children and 28 adults as it engulfed the local junior school and other buildings. The tip was the responsibility of the National Coal Board (NCB), and the subsequent inquiry placed the blame for the disaster on the organisation and nine named employees.
Set eight months after the death of 116 children The Revlon Girl tells the real-life story of a group of bereaved mothers who met every week above a local hotel to talk, cry, and even laugh without feeling guilty.
The reviews from the National Arts Festival say it all:
Davidr 30 June 2018 at 1:57 pm
The best play I have seen for many years. The performances are outstanding, and the characters are representations of humanity with whom the audience can easily connect. The play effectively blends humour and sadness. I recommend this play to all theatregoers who appreciate productions that present complex and profound aspects of the human experience in an accessible manner.
nicolerutherford1997 8 July 2018 at 6:45 pm
The most incredible performance I have ever seen. It was such a moving piece, had me in both happy and sad tears
The Revlon Girl is directed by Steven Feinstein. Michelle Douglas, Mary-Anne Barlow, Heidi Mollentze, Julie-Anne McDowell and Marianthe Smart make up the cast of this award-winning play. (2018 0LIVIER AWARDS NOMINEE: Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, 2018 OFF-WEST END AWARD WINNER: Best New Play
WINNER: Silver Ovation Award National Festival of the Arts)
Venue: Auto & General Theatre on the Square – Sandton
Dates: 6th November – 1st December