Gritty musical Made in Dagenham is being staged at King’s Ely this December.
Students in Years 9-13 at King’s Ely Senior have been busily rehearsing for the production for months and tickets – which are available for members of the public – are selling fast.
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, which was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970. Risking her marriage and friendships, Rita O’Grady encourages the women of the Ford works to walk out after they are re-classified as unskilled workers, while their male counterparts see their wages increase. Determined not to be treated like the poor relation, the women vote unanimously to strike.
Director of Drama and Theatre at King’s Ely, Nick Huntington, who is directing the show, said: “The cast and everyone involved in this feel-good musical have been superb since the first rehearsal. So much time and energy has gone into this production, which is shaping up to be slick, comic and poignant. Featuring a rousing score and some unforgettable characters, Made in Dagenham will have you standing in solidarity!”
Please note that this production contains strong language throughout and has an age guidance of 12+.
Made in Dagenham is coming to King’s Ely’s Hayward Theatre, located in The Gallery, from Wednesday 4th December to Saturday 7th December. The production is at 7.30pm each evening, plus there is a 3pm matinee performance on the Saturday.
Book your tickets sooner rather than later via the King’s Ely Box Office: www.kingsely.org/news-events/box-office/.
Press release from King’s Ely