The Revlon Girl, a poignant tale of love and loss is at the Hilton Arts Festival


Catch The Revlon Girl at the Hilton Arts Festival.

ACTRESS Michelle Douglas is returning to the Hilton Arts Festival this weekend to appear in The Revlon Girl, a play which tells the story of mothers who lost their children in the Aberfan disaster in Wales.

The play, which won a Standard Bank Ovation Silver Award at last year’s National Arts Festival, tells the poignant story of a group of women who try to make sense of their lives after losing their children in the October 1966 mining disaster.

Some 116 children and 28 adults were lost when an avalanche of coal-slurry engulfed their junior school when a colliery spoil tip collapsed in South Wales on half-term break-up day. It was a catastrophe which was completely avoidable.

This beautifully crafted, delicate story about friendship, loss, family, community, healing and hope is told with sensitivity and charm. Neil Anthony Docking’s intelligent and sensitive script unpacks the grief through the stories of women at a bereavement support group who meet weekly looking for diversion and redemption.

Despite its devastating subject matter, the play is a life-affirming shout-out to the strength of sisterhood, and is surprisingly funny.

The Revlon Girl is being staged at 5.15 pm tomorrow, 8.30 pm on September 14 and 10 am on September 15, in the Memorial hall on the Hilton College campus.

Tickets are R175. To book, go to or contact the festival office at 033 383 0126 or via e-mail at Please note: The Revlon Girl is not suitable for those under 12. 


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