Following a critically acclaimed and sell-out tour across Wales last year, The Revlon Girl will come to PARK90 in September after a run at the Edinburgh Festival which is supported by The Arts Council of Wales. Written by composer and writer Neil Anthony Docking, The Revlon Girl is a poignant, heart-breaking and tender new play which explores a terrible episode in Welsh history and tells a story of amazing courage, hope and humour.
Set eight months following the death of 116 children during the Aberfan Disaster of 1966, 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.
At one of their meetings, the women confided how much they felt they’d forgotten about themselves but were too afraid of being judged frivolous to do anything about it. So together they arranged – secretly – for a representative from Revlon to come along one night and give them all a talk on beauty tips.
The Revlon Girl is directed by Maxine Evans, with set design by Eleri Lloyd; lighting design by Chris Barrett and special technical effects by Dan Travers.
Charlotte Gray plays Sian. Her theatre credits include: The Light of Heart, Under Milk Wood, Alan Aykbourn’s Season’s Greetings, A Small Family Business, Taking Steps, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Pygmalion, The Suicide, An Inspector Calls, The Hub and A Write to Rock (for Theatre Clwyd, Cymru), The Gut Girls, Never Fear Love? (Velvet Ensemble) along with A Red Threatening Sky (Foolish People), A Night on the Tiles (Grassroots Productions), The Tree and The One Sea (Atomic 80 Productions Assembly Rooms). Television credits include: Alys (series regular 1&2), Caerdydd, Afel Druig (S4C) and Stella (Tidy Productions).
Antonia Kinlay plays Revlon. She is currently filming Career of Evil for HBO/BBC. Theatre credits include The Suicide (National Theatre); A History Of Falling Things (New Vic Theatre); Bad Jews (Theatre Royal Bath); Molière (National Theatre Studio/Finborough); The Eternal Not (National Theatre); Arden Of Faversham (The Globe); When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios); Lady Anna: All At Sea (Park Theatre); The Three Lions (St James Theatre); Arms And The Man (Theatre Clwyd); Mr Whatnot (Northampton Royal Theatre); As You Like It (Theatre Clwyd); Carrot (Theatre 503). Film & Television Credits include: Emmerdale; Mi High; Consuming Passion; Doctors and Broadside.
Michelle McTernan plays Marilyn. Michelle provides the voice of ‘Nib’ in the animation series Bobinogs (BBC). Theatre Credits: The Three Night Blitz, (Joio Productions/ Swansea Grand); Macbeth, Merchant Of Venice, Buoy, Fall Out 84 (Pontardawe Arts Centre); Barren (October Sixty Six Productions); Bara Bread (Theatr Gwalia) Granny Annie, Trivial Pursuits, Erogenous Zones, (Grassroots); Flesh And Blood (Sherman/Hampstead Theatres); The Oystercatchers (Swansea Grand/Sherman Theatre); Blue Remembered Hills (Torch), Under Milk Wood, Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); Twelfth Night, Cymbeline, The Merchant Of Venice (Ludlow Festival). Television & Film: Stella (Tidy/Sky1 HD); Rain (Tornado Films); The Healers (Pooka Films); Midnight (Nowhere Fast); Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible, Tales from Pleasure Beach (BBC); Light in the City (BBC Wales) and the feature film Very Annie Mary (Dragon Pictures).
Bethan Thomas plays Rona. Credits include Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, Linda in the West End production of Blood Brothers, Kitty in Charley’s Aunt (Ian Dickens Productions); Beyond Therapy, Mother Courage, Under Milk Wood, Merchant of Venice, Comedy of Errors, Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night as well as the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi. Bethan’s film credits include Be All And End All, Sawn off Santa, Don’t Walk, Hermit, Love Me Love My Dog, The Harmion Tale and, for the BBC, Dear Nobody.
Zoë Harrison plays Jean. Zoë trained at Guildford School of Acting and her theatre credits include The Sound of Music (London Palladium), The Circle (Oxford Stage Company), What a Wonderful World (Lyngo Theatre Company) and Blondel (Pleasance, London). She co-wrote and co-starred in BBC Radio 4 comedy series Jason Cook’s School of Hard Knocks. TV and film credits include EastEnders, Two Doors Down, Doctors (BBC) and Neil’s Party (Twothreefive Productions. Zoë can currently be seen as Young Maria in the feature film Never Let Go on Netflix, and as Rob Brydon’s wife in the P&O cruises commercials.
Director Maxine Evans studied classical acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked as an actor, writer, series editor and director in television, film and theatre. She directed Without a Song or a Dance (short- listed Best Director at the Cork Film Festival) Nuts & Bolts (ITV/RTS Award winner) and Rain (a Feature Film Musical also by Neil Anthony Docking) while her writing/series editor credits include Coronation Street, Crossroads and Nuts & Bolts (ITV). She continues to develop new writing for theatre (Goat Street Runners and Who’s Coat Is That Jacket?) and has recently directed a new comedy entitled Storyline. As an actor Maxine appears regularly on television- most notably in BBC’s Call The Midwife and A Song For Jenny and as the indomitable ‘Rhian’ in Sky 1’s hit comedy Stella.
Neil Anthony Docking is a British writer, composer and producer, and has worked in press, radio, film and theatre. Whilst studying music at the University of Westminster he became a columnist for The Guardian and received a BFI Animation nomination for Best Score for Psyche Engine (narrowly missing out to Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit). His writing credits include: Station Road (BBC Radio Drama), The Throne Room (original play for radio), Bay College, Casualty (BBC), Nuts & Bolts, Crossroads, Emmerdale (ITV1) and has been shortlisted for the BBC Dennis Potter Screenwriting Award. He has written, scored and co- produced the original independent British feature film musical, Rain; written and directed TVCC (Channel 4) and most recently wrote and produced Storyline, an original comedy for online broadcast. The Revlon Girl is his first play for theatre.
The Revlon Girl
Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Dates: 19 Sep – 14 Oct 2017
Press night: Wednesday 20 September
Running Time: 90 minutes
Performances: Tue – Sat Evenings 7.45pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.15pm