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mountainside at an alarming speed - too quickly for anyone to raise the alarm. It engulfed a farmhouse before demolishing 20 houses and hitting Pantglas Junior school in the village below. The final death toll was 116 children and 28 adults. ‘The Revlon Girl’ was first

performed at the Tristran Bates theatre in Covent Garden in the summer of 2015 and received praise from audiences and critics alike. The play has since been

developed and extended and received its World Premiere at Pontardawe Arts Centre this Thursday (Sept 29). October Sixty Six was founded

by director Maxine Evans, writer Neil Anthony Docking and actress Terri Dwyer with the ambition of developing high quality productions for the stage. Terri is best known for her role in

‘Hollyoaks’ and also for presenting ’60 Minute Makeover’ and ‘Loose Women’. Maxine has directed a number

Director Maxine Evans: ‘This is an important play staged in an important year‘ A PRODUCTION based on

events surrounding the Aberfan disaster of 1966 will be performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on Thursday, October 13. October Sixty Six Productions

will present ‘The Revlon Girl’, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, which draws on the real life story of a small group of bereaved mothers who met every Tuesday above a local

hotel to talk, cry and even laugh (without feeling guilty). At one of their meetings, the

women looked at each other and realised how much they had let themselves go. Afraid that people would think them frivolous, they secretly arranged for a representative from Revlon to come and give a talk on beauty tips. The tour will coincide with the

50th Anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster, which occurred on October 21, 1966 when tip No. 7 (a tip containing coal waste from the nearby Merthyr Vale colliery) slipped and an estimated 40,000 cubic metres of slurry slid down the

of works but is probably best known as an actor in ‘Call The Midwife’, ‘A Song For Jenny’ and as the indomitable Rhian in ‘Stella’. Neil is a writer and composer and is best known for his work on shows such as ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Casualty’. Writer Neil Docking said: “We

are thrilled to have received the support from Arts Council Wales


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for this tour. The Revlon Girl was received incredibly well when we first staged it in London on a shoestring budget and with Arts Council help we’ve been able to develop the play further and I can’t wait to present it to audiences all over Wales - from Anglesey to Newport, from Aberystwyth to Pwllheli. “I found the story almost by

accident when researching the disaster, and it is a true story by the way; the bereaved mothers really did arrange for a Revlon girl to come and give beauty tips. “And the event struck me as a

perfect way of being able to tell the story of the Aberfan disaster and do so in a way that would avoid sensationalism or insensitivity and yet allow the power of the story to come through - almost by itself.” Maxine Evans added: “This

is an important play staged in an important year. It goes without saying that the subject matter is extremely powerful. However, it’s as much about resilience and courage as anything else and will resonate with many people I’m sure. “But the play is also full of

humour as much as it is full of sadness which is why I think it works so well. And Welsh humour has a particular kind of defiance to it and that really comes through during the play.”

Huge night for Aberystwyth THE LARGEST indoor multi-

stage, multi-genre event of its kind in Wales returns to Aberystwyth Students Union next Saturday (Oct 8) after the success of Black House’s incredible show last year. Black House’s ‘One’ kicks off the

new academic year and rounds off the festival season, while welcoming back one the UK’s most renowned music brands, Hospitality, to hose the main stage.

Headline acts, special guests and

fun attractions all spread across four stages, covering the full spectrum of dance music, sound system and festival culture. This year, Black House are

teaming up with the Tipsy Dragon Society to present an afternoon of fun and mischief leading up to Black House, with attractions and activities on the University Concourse and Chapel Court from 4pm until 8pm as part of ‘One’. Hosted by Hospitality, the main

stage will feature Danny Byrd, Fred V and Grafix, Krakota, MC Ruthless and the hilarious MC Devvo. Danny Byrd’s own inimitable

take on soulful, vocal Drum ‘n’ Bass has become a staple in the scene.

His use of hip-hop, house and R&B influences has turned heads ever since his inception. The Bath-based, brandy-drinking producer has been responsible from some massive rave anthems over the years, which has gained him Radio One success and international recognition. Fred V and Grafix are a liquid

Drum ‘n’ Bass duo made up of Fred Vahrman and Josh ‘Grafix’ Jackson. The duo are also signed to Hospital Records and have guested on BBC Radio 1 shows including Annie Mac. Krakota has made a strong and

steady incline during his Drum ‘n’ Bass career to date. It was in 2006 when the music making bug first grabbed a hold of Seb, leading to nights spent holed up in his home studio learning the basics and honing his skills. It’s not long before his production talent was picked up by Total Science, who gave him his debut release. Entering into the world of music

was almost inevitable for Ruthless MC. Heavily influenced by his Caribbean parents, he was surrounded by the sounds of Reggae and Soul from birth. As a teen, Ruthless discovered Hip Hop, and artists such as ‘Public Enemy’ and ‘Run DMC’.

Then, in the 90s, with the rave scene emerging, Ruthless started heading out to big raves at ‘Dreamscape’, ‘Milwaukkees’, whilst being inspired by the tapes of ‘Grooverider’ and ‘Ratty’ on the ‘Edge’. Then came a darker more breakbeat side of hardcore, Jungle… And Devvo, who clearly needs no

introduction, is sure to be the highlight of your night with his hilarious song parodies. Also performing will be Ocean

Wisdom, Mungo’s Hi Fi ft Parly B, Aloka, and Asbo Disco featuring Gardna. 30 of the area’s best DJs and acts

will be performing across four themed stages, representing dance music from across the spectrum. But the fun doesn’t stop with the

incredible line-up, because there will also be roller disco, a rodeo bull, laser tag, a giant ball pit, a bouncy castle, a retro games lounge and a headphone disco soundclash. With stalls from local businesses

and hot food, there’s an incredible amount on offer at this year’s Black House. Tickets are only £20, so make sure you get yours as soon as possible!

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