BHMTS Celebrate International Women’s Day With Made in Dagenham
With International Women’s Day on Sunday the 8th March, Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society can hardly have chosen a more apt show for their next production.
Made In Dagenham The Musical, will be showing at the New Bury Theatre in Hurstpierpoint College, between the 1st and the 4th April and is based on the real-life events at the Ford Dagenham factory in the late 1960‘s. It tells the story a group of female factory workers, led by Rita O’Grady, battled against inequality and successfully begin the fight that eventually leads to equal pay for women.
Made in Dagenham is an uplifting musical, full of foot-tapping catchy songs and side-splitting humour as it recounts the poignant, remarkable fight of a very special group of women who fought against the odds for equal rights.
This production has special relevance for several cast members who started off their working life in factories during the late 1960’s and the can recall what a tough environment it was for women. “Factories were so male-dominated and women workers were viewed as second-class citizens, just trying to get a bit of pin-money. In some places, a dedicated woman’s toilet was seen as a luxury”. Cast member Karen O’Brien remembers the prejudice she faced when starting off her working life. “On my first day, I was told by one male colleague that I should be back home at the kitchen sink!”, she recalls. “I told him to come back and talk to me when the sales figures were in at the end of the year, and sure enough he faced the humility of having to clap me as I collected my top salesperson award a year later!”
Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society is a registered charity and has been supporting and entertaining the community for almost seventy years. Tickets can be purchased from www.ticketsource.co.uk/bhmts or by calling 01273 890347. Tickets are £18 with £ 16 concessions on selected performances for students and over 65’s.