Made In Dagenham
Epworth Hall - 16th to 20th April 2024
Helston Theatre Company brings Dagenham to Helston.
"Made In Dagenham" is an empowering musical that captures the spirit of the working-class women who took a stand for gender equality in 1968. Set in Dagenham, East London, the story follows Rita O'Grady, a feisty factory worker who becomes an unlikely leader in the fight for equal pay.
Helston Theatre Company brings this tale to life in their April 2024 production, immersing audiences in the vibrant world of the Ford sewing machinists. As the women tirelessly stitch car seat covers, they discover a stark pay disparity between their male colleagues and themselves. Fueled by a desire for justice, Rita embarks on a journey to challenge the status quo and demand fair wages for the skilled women behind the scenes.
The musical weaves together a tapestry of humor, heart, and activism, punctuated by catchy tunes that reflect the swinging '60s era. As Rita becomes the voice of the oppressed women, the story unfolds against a backdrop of societal shifts and political upheavals. The narrative not only highlights the struggles of gender discrimination but also explores themes of solidarity, resilience, and the ripple effect of a grassroots movement.
Helston Theatre Company promises a dynamic and visually captivating performance, with energetic choreography and a soundtrack that pays homage to the spirit of the '60s. "Made In Dagenham" is a celebration of the strength that emerges when ordinary individuals come together to challenge injustice, leaving audiences inspired and uplifted by the enduring power of collective action.