THEATRE: Harrowby Singers to stage history-making women’s rights musical ‘Made in Dagenham’

Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham

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When was the last time you went to the theatre?

Well now is your chance to go and watch a show that matters.

Many people will remember the 1960s but, if you can not, the fact is there were some mammoth historical movements that occurred during that decade:

+ 1962 DNA genetic code was broken.

+ 1963 President Kennedy was assassinated.

+ 1966 England won the football World Cup.

+ 1968 Dagenham sewing machinists fought for equal pay and changed the course of history for women’s rights.

Harrowby Singers’ latest musical, Made in Dagenham, is an adaption of the true story of the ladies of Ford Dagenham, set in the 1968 Ford car factory, one of the largest single private employers in the UK.

The story begins when the women employed by Ford were re-evaluated as unskilled workers.

The lead of this musical is one ordinary factory girl, Rita O’Grady. Married to a Ford man herself and with two young children, she dedicates herself to the struggle for equal pay with a strike that changed women’s lives.

The show, being staged at Grantham’s Guildhall Arts Centre between March 15 and 18, is filled with upbeat songs and rousing chorus numbers like Made In Dagenham, Everybody Out and Stand Up.

This new British musical comedy promises to get you up and dancing in the aisles.

Tickets, priced at £10 for the Wednesday and £12 Thursday to Saturday, are available from the Guildhall Arts Centre box office (www.guildhallartscentre.com) or call 01476 406158.