East Meets West When Made in Dagenham Hits West End
6 Mar 2014Musical version of Made in Dagenham opens in October at the Adelphi....
Gemma Arterton has been cast in the leading role as Rita O’Grady in the musical stage adaptation of Made in Dagenham. The show, to be directed by Olivier winner Rupert Goold and scripted by Richard Bean, could be the hit of the year if the success of the 2010 film that is based on is anything to go by.
Made in Dagenham is set in 1968 at the Ford Car Plant in Dagenham, Essex. It is an account of the strike by the women sewing machinists at the plant, on the grounds of sexual discrimination, who demanded equal pay to the male employees of a similar grade and skill level. They were soon followed out by the machinists at Ford’s Halewood Body and Assembly Plant. Finding themselves with a distinct lack of support from the union they stood their ground and brought car production to a halt.
Despite being at a local level, the strike had much wider implications for women’s rights in the workplace as a whole. It galvanised a mass demonstration of women trade unionists in 1969 and led to the passing into law of the Equal Pay Act 1970. Following Britain’s entry into the European Union in 1973, equal pay for equal work became part of the Treaty of Rome.
Made in Dagenham will be opening at the Adelphi Theatre on 9th October, tickets are available now from BmyConcierge.com