Fifty years ago the women workers at the Ford plant in Dagenham took a stand and went on strike for equal pay – an issue which is sadly still very relevant today.
Not wanting to miss an opportunity to bring this issue back to the forefront and show their respect to those women Dronfield Musical Theatre Group have chosen to stage the critically acclaimed Made in Dagenham at the Dronfield Civic Hall in October.
Rita O’Grady, who heads the strike is being played by a professional actor Sophie Robinson.
Sophie, pictured left, won scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music and then later worked in London before moving back to Sheffield.
When she heard that DMTG were performing Made in Dagenham, she joined the group immediately as she loves the show and wanted to be able to play the fabulous role.
Director Andrew Hibbert, who is no stranger to the show, as he performed the role of Mr Hopkins in the Sheffield Lyceum production in 2016. said: “It seemed fitting to be able to stage this truly British musical not only exactly 50 years since the event on which it is based, but also in the year that marks the centenary of women being given the vote.”
Made in Dagenham will be performed from October 10-13. For tickets call 01246 416364