Performances – Wednesday 5th to Saturday 8th October at Lewes Town Hall. 7:30 pm except Saturday, 7:00 pm.
Made in Dagenham is set in 1968 in Essex, the community is a close and loyal network of working class solidarity. The women of Ford Dagenham go on strike following a proposal to downgrade their skill set and subsequently their pay. This then highlights the massive inequality between men and women in the workplace when doing the same job. Rita, an ordinary working class mum of two, and machinist for the plant, almost by accident finds herself leading the fight for justice. The girls go on strike, and in a stand of unity the Ford machinists from the Liverpool plant also join the cause. Despite the U.S executives of Ford trying to fight the girls by ‘laying off’ the men and causing hardship for many families the girls win out and Harold Wilson’s administration led by Barbara Castle pass law to promise equal pay.
The musical is based on a true story, is heart-warming, uplifting and inspiring, It includes some classical British Banter, and a lot of comedy, uplifting musical numbers and some moments of sobriety. Made in Dagenham has a bit of everything.
Musical Director: Ian White
Choreograhper: Collette Goodwin
MADE IN DAGENHAM
Book by RICHARD BEAN Music by DAVID ARNOLD Lyrics by RICHARD THOMAS
Based on the Woolley/Karlsen/Number 9 Motion Picture
Financed by the BBC, BMS Film Finance, BFI and Lip Sync Productions. Directed by Nigel Cole. Screenplay by William Ivory
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.