This year’s School Musical is Made in Dagenham. Performances are taking place on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March in the Hampden Hall at 7pm, with a preview performance on Wednesday 13th March at 6pm.
Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’ so they could be paid less than their male colleagues. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for? Rita and the Ford Dagenham girls fight was a landmark case, and led to the creation of the Equal Pay Act 1970.
It is the culmination of seven months hard work for over 100 pupils, so the weekend performances in particular will sell out quickly. The show is looking and sounding great, and with the catering team laying on their usual hospitality in the interval it promises to be a fun night out.
Tickets at £10 and £15 can be purchased from Eventbrite here: