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Saturday, August 31, 2019


(Michelle Douglas. Pic by Harry Lock)

Johannesburg actress Michelle Douglas will be back at the Hilton Arts Festival, returning to the festival as one of the grieving Aberfan Mums in the astonishing drama, The Revlon Girl.

Photographer Harry Lock captured Douglas at last year’s festival after her performance in Mike van Graan’s tense political thriller, Green Man Flashing, as part of his Out of Character photo essay.

Aberfan, the mistake that cost a village its children. The Revlon Girl – which won a Standard Bank Ovation Silver Award at last year’s National Arts Festival – tells the poignant and tender story of a group of women who try and make sense of their lives after losing their children in the October 1966 mining disaster.

A catastrophe which was completely avoidable; 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.

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 enormity of grief. It looks at a bereavement support group of mothers who meet weekly looking for diversion and redemption. Despite its devastating subject matter, it is a life-affirming shout-out to the strength of sisterhood – and is surprisingly funny.

The Revlon Girl is one of the productions selected to be part of the 2–4–1 one-day festival special. Be ready to log on to book tickets at 08h00 on Monday September 2 to take advantage of this special.

Lovers of good theatre will be able to take advantage of a buy one get one free offer. The special applies to the performances on Sunday September 15 only.

Find a friend and book to see the following for half price: The Revlon Girl as well as Cellist with Rabies, Sainthood, Quantitative Teasing, Two to Tango, Kafka’s Ape, Benny Bushwhacker and Spanish Fire.

More details and bookings are open online – - where you can also download the full programme and a list of where hard copy programmes are available. You can also book at the Box Office at Hilton College should you not wish to book online. Payments online are either by credit card or EFT – all instructions are on the site which is secure. All queries on 033 383 0126 /

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