MADE IN DAGENHAM April 10th - 15th 2017
Directed by Emily Killeen Musical Director Allan Fouracre
Book by Richard Bean
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Richard Thomas
By Arrangement with MTI (Europe)
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 how the strike develops and how Rita O’Grady becomes the leader of the women strikers, taking on the mantle of Connie the Union Convenor. 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 and Connie are 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 boss flies in and lays 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.
A beautifully written show, full of fun, comedy, and some tearful moments. The music has all shades of colour from beaty rhythms, to comical lyrics and an uplifting feel good ending.
CODS version of this production was performed "in the round" which suited the fast moving scene changes and action of the plot.
Click on the four buttons below to see a fixed camera selection of clips from the show.