The Revlon Girl (4 stars)

The Revlon Girl

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).

The Revlon Girl

  • 4 stars

A play that tells the story of a group of bereaved mothers following the Aberfan Disaster of 1966.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Fri 18 Aug

Downstairs

£13 (£12) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 19 Aug

Downstairs

£13 (£12) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 20 Aug

Downstairs

£13 (£12) / 0131 623 3030

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 28 Aug

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