‘Made in Dagenham’ set to light up stage of St Ciaran’s College

Students on the stage in rehearsals for the December event
Students on the stage in rehearsals for the December event

St Ciaran’s College in Ballaygawley has a long and illustrious reputation for staging outstanding and memorable musical productions.

Opening on Wednesday 7th December, they will continue in the vein of previous productions, when they present the West End hit musical Made in Dagenham.

The musical is one which is sure to delight and entrall the Ballygawley audience!

The musical is one which is sure to delight and entrall the Ballygawley audience!

After becoming the first school in Ireland to secure the rights to produce the show, this ambitious production will be the nation-wide premier.

St Ciaran’s is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year and this musical production is one of its key events to mark the golden jubilee.

The story of Made in Dagenham is set almost fifty years ago in 1968.

The musical, based on the popular 2010 film and book by Richard Bean, tells the story of the Essex factory girls in Ford’s Dagenham car plant who brought the fight of equal pay to national prominence.

The musical promises to be a musical and visual treat!

The musical promises to be a musical and visual treat!

The musical follows the main character of Rita O’Grady who acts as the spokesperson for a group of female workers.

These women go on strike to fight the inequality of being paid less than their male colleagues and their spirited actions led to the creation of the Equal Pay Act of 1970.

Rita and Eddie O’Grady (Meabh Corrigan and Dane Duffy) alongside their children Sharon (Deirbhile McCann) and Graham (Ruairí Canavan), give us an insight into the impact that the actual events of 1968 had on family life.

Alongside her entourage of ‘factory girls’ Rita stands up for the rights of women.

The main stars in their costumes for the musical Made in Dagenham'.

The main stars in their costumes for the musical Made in Dagenham'.

Initially support from the men is limited, but after the point that “it’s not about the money, it’s all about respect” is made, there is a courageous fight against the establishment and history is made when the TUC passes the equal pay amendment.

The show features true-to-life characters Harold Wilson (Sean Muldoon) and Barbara Castle (Amy Halligan) and whilst the message is serious, the musical will

transport the audience back to the 60s and provide a conveyor belt of fun and entertainment!

Made in Dagenham was made into a film in 2010 starring Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike, Jaime Winstone and Daniel Mays.

Made in Dagenham will run from Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th December.

Tickets are selling fast and are available online (www.stciaransballygawley.org) or at the Box Office in the school (028 8556 8640).