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A SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
Full-Length Play, Drama
Neil Anthony Docking
Set eight months after the Aberfan Disaster of 1966, in which
144 people were killed (116 of them 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.
(in order of appearance)
SIAN – Late twenties, bright, hopeful and eager to help, Sian is very much the instigator (and defender) of the evening’s event and is desperate for it to go well.REVLON – Around the same age as Sian (if not younger), Revlon is smart, well-groomed, well-bred, trusting and clearly does not come from a Welsh working-class mining village.MARILYN – Early to mid-thirties, Marilyn is introverted, tense and fearful of change. Though outwardly simple, she is very focused.RONA – Early to mid-thirties, Rona is fiery, foul-mouthed and indomitable. She finds strength in rage, rejects authority and is easily set alight.JEAN – Early to mid-thirties, Jean is stately, conservative and sociable. Though she hails from the same background as Marilyn and Rona, Jean is now the wife of a respected church minister and therefore regards herself as a pillar of the community.JACKIE (UNSEEN) – The hotel’s part-time receptionist/barmaid; helpful but inattentive.
“A remarkably warm, sorrowful and at times even funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering and make-up.” – The Independent
★★★★★ “An intimate and moving narrative that soars to new heights... this deeply human story is rendered with profound emotion and understanding.” – Varsity
★★★★ “A rich drama about grief, greed and make-up... Four mothers grieve the loss of their children in the Aberfan disaster in a remarkably warm, sorrowful and at times even funny drama about survivors, small-town bickering and make-up.” – The Independent
“[A] visionary new play.” – The Times
“I shall never forget what I saw that day on television… Now I shall never forget the play... this is a study in the masks grief wears, and what it takes and what it might mean to put on a brave face.” – Clare Brennan, The Guardian
The Revlon Girl – Official Trailer, Edinburgh Fringe 2017
The Revlon Girl – Riverfront Arts Trailer
Neil Anthony Docking is a British writer, composer and producer, and has worked in press, radio, film and, most recently, for theatre, where his first play – The Revlon Girl – received not just an Olivier Nomination, but also took home “Best New Play” at the Off-West End Awar ...
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