Feisty Ford frolics

Now’s the chance to bag tickets for Ringwood Musical & Dramatic Society’s Easter musical, Made in Dagenham. Based on a true story, Made in Dagenham follows the fortunes of feisty women machinists at the Ford Dagenham plant who went on strike in the 1960s in pursuit of equal pay. It’s a wonderfully uplifting – and frequently hilarious – story of triumph over adversity.

As well as strong-charactered women there are chauvinistic husbands, company bosses and union men, a fiery Barbara Castle and a comedy Harold Wilson with their ministerial aides, a sleazy nightclub comedian and dozens of other caricatures from the 1960s.

You may not know the tunes yet, but you’ll be humming them on the way out of the theatre – the show has more oomph than a GT Cortina. Be warned, though: these are factory workers from Essex – their language is often bluer than their Ford company overalls, so the show is not for young children or the easily offended.

Made in Dagenham is at Ringwood School Theatre from 10 to 14 April at 7.30, plus a 2.00 matinée on the Saturday. Tickets start from £10 (opening night and matinée) – other tickets £12 and £13.75. Book online (Click here), by phone (0759 777 1701) or at Greyfriars reception.