Presented by: 16th Avenue Theatre
by Neil Anthony Docking
It is June 1967, and a group of women are gathering in a function room of the hotel in a small Welsh mining village for a demonstration of beauty tips by a rep from the Revlon cosmetics company. The women keep the Revlon Girl’s visit a secret from others because they fear that their neighbours may not think it appropriate to treat themselves to a beauty session. This is because it is only eight months since a coal tip above the village collapsed, engulfing the local school and killing 116 children and 28 adults. Five of these children belonged to the mothers who are meeting in this hotel in Aberfan to talk, cry and even laugh without feeling guilty.
The play asks us to consider how one can carry on after such tragic personal loss? Who should be blamed: the National Coal Board or God? And how can we ensure that such preventable disasters never occur again.
Our production at 16th Ave Theatre will coincide with the 55th Anniversary of the disaster, which occurred on the 21st of October 1966 at 9:15 am