Theatre Review: Made in Dagenham @ University of Birmingham
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With the rise of #MeToo and 2018 marking 100 years since women partially gained the vote, Made in Dagenham is a smart and timely choice for a university theatre production. Although most students will be able to see behind its schmaltz, this is the perfect musical to motivate an audience – more politically engaged than ever – to stand up and fight for gender equality.
Photos © Esther Clemmey from ClemmographyDagenham tells the story of a group of women working in a car factory, who decide to strike after their pay grade is dropped to ‘unskilled.’ Quickly, the plot turns into a fight for equal pay, with Rita leading her team of workers from Eastbourne to the corrupted Union that is failing to represent them. Following the critically-acclaimed 2010 feature film, the musical production of Made in Dagenham opened in 2014 to mixed reviews. Whilst some of the textual issues remain, in many respects the production succeeds where the original run failed.
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