Made in Dagenham | Birchwood Group

Made in Dagenham- The Musical

The HATS Production


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We at Birchwood Group are beyond PROUD to be sponsoring this years production of the incredible show and true story of Made in Dagenham which is brought to us by HATS. The West End version has received some amazing reviews, so HATS approached Birchwood Ford (Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne) in June to ask if we would like to get involved with the local show and of course we jumped at such a brilliant chance. The partnership developed from there and recently some of the cast met the staff at our Birchwood Ford Eastbourne branch. 


The show will be running from November 5th - 9th at Herstmonceux Village Hall (7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm). 

Tickets from Stevens and Carter, Hailsham, 01323 840444; and The Malthouse, Herstmonceux 01323 819216.



Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham explores the movement that caused a significant law reform. Rita O'Grady (a fictional character) leads the 1968 Ford sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant, where female workers walk out in protest against discrimination, demanding equal pay. This strike causes a lot of public attention around the world and was seen as out of the ordinary to many because it was not in a woman's nature to do anything else other than the traditional family roles. The strike is successful and leads to the Equal Pay Act 1970​.



"In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there were also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assembled the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions. Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O'Grady, work with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal. However, Rita learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men's wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their gender. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O'Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women's rights around the world.​"



How Incredible does this show sound, this is simply one NOT to miss! We can't wait to see it ourselves!




TICKET INFORMATION

The show will be running from November 5th - 9th at Herstmonceux Village Hall (7.30pm, Sat mat 2.30pm). 

Tickets from Stevens and Carter, Hailsham, 01323 840444; and The Malthouse, Herstmonceux 01323 819216.


Ticket Prices

Adults-£12 Each

Children- £8 Each