Theatre Review: The Revlon Girl – Making Up Is Hard To Do, Or What’s Mine Shouldn’t Have Been Theirs




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The Revlon Girl / Directed by Steven Feinstein / Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Sandton, Johannesburg


It’s not often that the programme for an evening’s entertainment contains a picture of a trench filled with a dozen or more child-sized coffins, with a wall of grieving adults looming over the hole. But this is part of the historical background to this piece, set in the aftermath of a tragic disaster in1966, in which a massive heap of coal mine waste slid down a hill above the Welsh village of Aberfan, obliterating a large part of the settlement, including a school that was right in the landslide’s path.

The play opens with a sonic reconstruction of that moment which, if you’ve taken the time to read the background material in the programme beforehand, is profoundly chilling. The set is a featureless (but for a leaking pipe) room above a nameless bar – the meeting place for a group of bereaved mothers; vastly different women with the loss…

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