IT must be said, I didn’t know what to expect from Made in Dagenham at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.
I knew the basic plot but had never seen the film or stage show.
The play, set in Fords of Dagenham, machine worker Rita O’Grady and her fellow colleagues take a stand against the gender and pay inequality the women were facing during the 60’s. Making history towards the equal pay laws.
It’s an incredibly funny play, much ruder than I thought too. I must mention character Beryl, the foul-mouthed sex-obsessed friend of Rita’s who gives arguably the best one-liners and puns of the show.
Every single character plays their part, there’s nobody that is underwhelming or overshadowed. Every actor is allowed to shine in the play that boasts the largest in-house production cast ever at the Queen’s.
Made in Dagenham also has some fabulous songs both witty and heart-wrenching. There’s a bit of everything, one particular highlight is the song ‘America’ which has to be seen to be believed.
At the end, I was fighting back tears – which is incredibly rare for me.
I felt so proud to be a woman.
It’s an empowering play for everyone not just women.
If you can, go and see it at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch before it goes on 17 September.
by Megan Reeves