The musical show, originally planned for St George’s Hall, is based on the 2010 film of the same name and is drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists’ strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex. This strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
The production has been moved to the Alhambra Theatre due a slight delay in the reopening of St George’s Hall, after its extensive restoration and refurbishment.
The production features a rousing score and a plethora of engaging characters and is sure to be as successful as the society’s previous shows.
Anne Tonks, Chairperson of Buttershaw St Paul's AODS and Director of the production, said: “We completely understand the decision that had to be made to put back the opening of St George’s Hall. We have been in talks with Bradford Theatres and are delighted that they have been able to offer the Alhambra Theatre so that our production can go ahead. The cast and crew have, as always, put so much in to rehearsals and are looking forward to welcoming audiences to follow the fortunes of Rita and the rest of the women of Dagenham as they fight for their rights.”
Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres, said: “Although St George’s Hall is well on its way to completion, the opening has had to be delayed slightly. This has meant that we had to find an alternative venue for Buttershaw St Paul’s Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society’s production of Made in Dagenham. We have been working with the society and are delighted to be able to accommodate them at the Alhambra Theatre so that the show can go on.
“We have contacted customers who have already bought tickets to let them know about the new location. There are still tickets available for this fantastic production and we hope that audiences will give their support to Made in Dagenham’s local cast, crew and production team.”