MADE IN DAGENHAM

MUSIC BY DAVID ARNOLD, LYRICS BY RICHARD THOMAS

 

STOKE-ON-TRENT REPERTORY THEATRE

13TH - 17TH MARCH, 2018

 

SYNOPSIS

Based on the 2010 film of the same name, Made in Dagenham is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. This strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. The musical focuses on the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, as she encourages the women of the Ford factory to walk out after they are re-classified as unskilled workers, while their male counterparts see their wages increase. After Rita is patronized and snubbed by the factory at a union meeting, the women’s grievances over their worker status turn into a fight for equal pay. Determined not to be treated like the poor relation, the women vote unanimously to strike (“Everybody Out”) and encourage the women at the Liverpool factory to strike also. However when the American bosses fly in and lay off 5,000 men as a result, including Rita’s husband Eddie,cracks begin to show in the women’s solidarity. Risking her marriage and friendships, Rita continues her efforts for equality and gives a rousing speech at a televised Trade Union Conference (“Stand Up”), leading to the passing of equal pay within the union. As Eddie finally recognizes his wife’s achievements, the women celebrate their life-changing success. Featuring a rousing score and a choice of good character roles, Made in Dagenham offers parts for all ages.

 

OPEN, WORKSHOP STYLE, AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FOR ALL COMPANY AND PRINCIPAL ROLES ON SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2017 LED BY THE PRODUCTION TEAM OF RACHEL MILLAR AND LIZ TALBOT.

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CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE

CELEBRATING 125 YEARS IN MUSICAL THEATRE