The Revlon Girl
- Clare McVay
- 9 August 2017
An emotional retelling of real-life tragedy
The Aberfan disaster will still be vivid in the memories of many: on the last day of term in October 1966, a colliery spoil tip collapsed, engulfing a primary school in the Welsh village of Aberfan, killing 116 children and 28 adults. In an echo of the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, it emerged that residents of the town had long voiced their concerns over safety, but being 'little people' they were ignored.
The lights go up on a leaky room above the Aberfan hotel, eight months after the disaster. A group of mothers, a support group of sorts, have arranged to meet a Revlon Girl who promises to 'brighten their tired eyes'. But no one can seem to focus on lipstick.
As the leaking skylight continues to drip into a bucket for which no one will take responsibility, emotions run over when even the strongest woman in the group breaks. This isn't just a piece about grief; the constant reference to no one listening to the 'little people' can't fail to stir anger at a political system that fails its citizens time and time again. Grief, anger, and community all blend together flawlessly, with a touch of humour providing an uplifting finish.
Assembly Roxy, until 28 Aug, 1pm, £12--£13 (£11--£12).