Made In Dagenham comes to the stage in Bridlington

Photo by Mike Barnard
Photo by Mike Barnard

East London is coming to East Yorkshire as the Spotlight Theatre’s youth drama group are preparing to put on a major production.

The Northern Lights Theatre will be staging Made In Dagenham next month, the story of Ford sewing machinists’ strike in 1968 that campaigned for equal pay for women.

The story was turned into a film in 2010.

The story was turned into a film in 2010.

The cast of local youngsters, aged between 13 and 21, took a break from rehearsals to visit Bridlington’s Richardson Ford garage for a photo-shoot, complete with a 1968 Ford Cortina 1600e, which was produced at the same time as the women’s strike.

Its owner Steve Butterworth, brought the car from Leeds, for the pictures and it is the best model in the UK for its year.

Spotlight chairman Mike Sheldon said: “It’s the biggest show they have done and they have been working on it since April. They are very excited.

“It’s quite a big production and there will be quite a lot of scene changes that we will have to plan but the LED screen will be a big asset.”

The show will be held nightly between November 19 and 24, with a matinee on the Saturday.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £10.

Meanwhile, the theatre has announced that its spring production will be another show which has not been staged at the West Street venue before - Sister Act

“This show is iconic and should attract new members,” said Mike.

“It’s a real step in the right direction for us.

“The stage show os different to the film but nevertheless we have had an amazing reaction on Facebook since we announced it.”

Casting will take place in January.