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Review: The Revlon Girl

Review: The Revlon Girl

The Revlon Girl opens with an evocative soundscape in pitch black, the audience experiencing an impending sense of doom as the slurry of colliery waste slides down the hill and buries part of the town of Aberfan. It’s 1966 – the colliery waste disaster kills 144 people, 116 of them children in a primary school at the bottom of the hill. Cut to eight months later, four women assembling for a lesson in make-up by a Revlon girl (Antonia Kinlay). But Neil Anthony Docking’s The Revlon Girl is so much more than a cosmetics tutorial – it’s a wonderfully emotional therapy session for the mothers and a captivating, heart-breaking production for the audience.

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Review: Twilight Song

Review: Twilight Song

The premiere of Kevin Elyot’s final play, Twilight Song, in the 50th anniversary year of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, is a fitting tribute to a creator who writes honest and open queer theatre. And as such, it’s a bittersweet tale, effortlessly interweaving stories of past regrets and frustrated presents – Basil (Paul Higgins) and Isabelle (Bryony Hannah) unhappily married, all for show and propriety; Charles (Hugh Ross) and Harry (Philip Bretherton) clearly with hidden feelings for each other but remaining apart, again for the sake of what is proper. It’s 1961 you see – no one is allowed to be gay, to have abortions, to be true to themselves.

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