Made In Dagenham

Cast List

Ford Factory Women
Rita O'Grady - Kimberly King
Connie Riley - Dawn Broomfield
Beryl - Katy Stone
Sandra Beaumont - Sammi Gardiner
Clare - Emma Harris
Cass - Annemarie Parsons
Tracy - Clare Earwood
Jo - Danielle Rousell
Emma - Carrie Bellett
Donna - India Cox
Pamela - Kelly Harvey
Susan - Jess Tyson
Rachel - Karla Brown

Ford Factory Men
Eddie O’Grady - Mark Barton-Leigh
Monty - Dave Smith
Sid - Ryan Saunders
Bill - Samuel Hussey
Barry - Jon Chalkley
Stan - Peter Cole

Ford Factory Management
Mr Hopkins - John Earwood
Ron Macer - Symon Smirk
Gregory Hubble - Dave Brown
Mr Tooley - Adrian Jones

Others
Graham O’Grady - Luke Musslewhite
Sharon O’Grady - Libbie Goble
Sharon O’Grady - Bethany Smirk
Harold Wilson - Andrew Hussey
Barbara Castle - Ema Carpenter
Lisa Hopkins - Glenda Thomas

Review

When I walked in to a packed reception at the Berry, with a lot of happy anticipating chat, I got the feeling that I was going to be in for a good evening. I was.
Warmly greeted by Lisa, the treasurer, who then proceeded to sell me the obligatory raffle tickets, I collected my tickets and took my seat into a very warm auditorium.
The lights dimmed and the curtain remained closed as the band, ably directed by Chris Ball sbegan te overture. The curtains were struck to reveal a kitchen scene where Rita (Kimberly King) was getting the children whilst Eddie her husband was still asleep in an upright bed above. The sound could have been clearer, however this seemed to improve as the show progressed.

The set then turned on its axis to become the factory. A good set, well lit, which made useful room of the limited space on the smaller Berry Stage. A good strong girls chorus who did well coping with the Essex accent along with Stephanie Radleys good direction and choreography. (well done Stephanie). The men did very well too with many in multi roles and in some cases very quick costume changes.

Rita, a strong willed character was played very well by Kimberley who made the role both believable as a reluctant union activist but also the emotions drawn between loosing the family but not loosing the fight. Good strong back up performances from the rest of the girls, particularly the potty mouthed, but very funny Beryl (Katy Stone) and Clare (Emma Harris) who made use of the wrong words very well.

However Andrew Hussey who played Harold Wilson, with wit, a great northern accent and a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts made me laugh long and loud.
This was a well delivered very strong show. It’s a powerful, emotional and at times humerous story but SMS you did a great job. Not one complaint from the audience I spoke to as I left. A packed house great too see had more than their moneys worth.
Very very well done.

NODA - Mark Allen
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