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Next Production: "Made in Dagenham", 16-20 October 2018, Woodside Hall, Hitchin

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Made in Dagenham

Woodside Hall, Hitchin SG4 9SP
16th to 20th October 2018

Wednesday 17 October - SOLD OUT
Friday 19 October - SOLD OUT
Saturday 20 October - SOLD OUT

Director - Leigh Smith
Musical Director - Rob Brand

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 which was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970.

The show focuses on the leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, as 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 is 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 bosses fly in and lay 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. Featuring a rousing score and a choice of good character roles, Made in Dagenham offers parts for all ages.

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Christmas at Woodside

Woodside Hall, Hitchin SG4 9SP
13th to 15th December 2018
at 7:45pm

Musical Director : Hannah Long
 

Featuring music from Handel’s Messiah
plus a selection of festive music and carols

Please email boxoffice@hitchinthespians.org.uk if you have a mince pie dietary requirement - gluten free, dairy free etc

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