Sex equality-A striking real story, brought to life in Horsham


1968, Dagenham. It’s a man’s world, but some ordinary women are about to do something extraordinary as HAODS brings ‘Made In Dagenham’ to The Capitol Theatre this April.

Based on the real life events of the Ford sewing machinists’ strike, ‘Made In Dagenham’ is a musical comedy about friendship, love and fighting for what is right, as it tells the story of this key historical turning point for women’s rights.

The show takes you back to 1968 when the women of Ford Dagenham struck out against sex discrimination in job grading. The women had no previous experience of collective struggle and, on the face of it, were quite unprepared to take on the mighty American Ford multinational corporation, but the strike brought Ford’s entire car production to a standstill! We follow the girls as they take their fight all the way to Westminster and the TUC conference encountering key political figures of the time, Harold Wilson & Barbara Castle, in a movement that was key to the Equal Pay Act of 1970… but what did these women have to sacrifice in pursuit of this extraordinary goal?

We guarantee you a night filled with catchy upbeat songs, lively choreography, brilliant characters, hilarious comedy, a few heartfelt tears and even a shiny on-stage Cortina, as you stand up for what is right with the Dagenham girls.

Director Yvonne Chadwell says: “In 1968, I was just a teenager at Grammar school in York. I can however, vividly remember the strike and the impact it had. What a joy to be able to re-create those moments with HAODS’ production of ‘Made in Dagenham’ as it takes us back into the 60’s. Whilst the film is quite well known, the stage musical is new for many audiences. With a script that covers many emotions, it retains the humour you would expect with a group of women in a factory and has a lively musical score. I’m sure the Horsham audiences will leave humming the tunes and maybe even join with the cast during the rousing final number, ‘Stand up’.

We have kept to the era as far as we can in all things, including props, costumes and dances and even have a Cortina affectionately named ‘Tina’. My inspiration for the setting comes from those factory floors we still see today in manufacturing companies. To create this, we will be using The Capitol Theatre stage right to it’s back wall, normally hidden away to the audience, which makes it quite scary for our props team who like to hide in the dark.

With a few weeks still to go, we are polishing off our performances and will aim to give our audiences a fun evening. We look forward to seeing you there”


Made In Dagenham is coming to The Capitol Theatre, Horsham from Tuesday 4th until Saturday 8th April with performances every evening at 7:30pm and a Saturday matinee at 2:30pm.

Don’t miss out – come and join HAODS and fight with the Dagenham girls every step of the way on their journey for sex equality. Call The Capitol box office on 01403 750 220 or visit www.thecapitolhorsham.com

HAODS have been entertaining the audiences of Horsham for over 60 years. For more information about the group go to www.haods.co.uk and follow them on Facebook and on Twitter – @HAODSHorsham.

Parental discretion advised. Some scenes contain some swearing representative of the authentic 1968 factory setting


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