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Our House - March 2020

Made in Dagenham - June 2016


Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?

Thursday 23rd - Saturday 25th June 2016
The Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford
Cast & Creatives


RITA O’GRADY | Charlotte Wilson 

CLARE, Rita’s workmate | Georgia Marney 

SANDRA, Rita’s workmate | Bryony Kay 

CASS, Rita’s workmate | Esther Blenham 

CONNIE, Rita’s workmate and shop steward | Helen Gillary 

BERYL, Rita’s workmate | Ruth Huntman 

EDDIE O’GRADY, Rita’s husband | Matthew Burcombe 

GRAHAM O’GRADY, Rita and Eddie’s son | Jack Wolpert 

SHARON O’GRADY, Rita and Eddie’s daughter | Isabelle Rice 

MONTY, NUVB convenor | Jeremy Smith 

SID, union shop steward | Lee Giles 

BILL, union shop steward | Paul Willes 

BARRY, an apprentice toolmaker | James Watson 


BARBARA CASTLE, Minister of Transport | Jackie Lowe 

MR HOPKINS, Managing Director at Ford Dagenham | Richard Sheepwash 

LISA HOPKINS, the Managing Director’s wife | Laura Maguire 

MR MACER, Production Manager | Bill Edwards 

MR HUBBLE, Personnel Director | Alan Gronner 

MR TOOLEY, Ford US Executive | Russell Gillary 

CORTINA MAN | Lee Giles 

MR BUCKTON, the Headmaster of Graham’s school | Alan Gronner 

CHUBBY CHUFF, a comedian | Bill Edwards 

CLUB SINGER | Jacqui Rochester 

CIVIL SERVANTS | Alan Gronner & Allan Yeoman 



Cassandra Fierstein

Ben Goosetree

Liz Gronner

Nicola Hill

Rachael Maguire

Jessica Reed

Colette Wilson


Director | Scott Harris

Musical Director | Jamie Bell

Choreographer | Joanne Shore

Set | Grant Alvarez

Lighting & Sound Design | Pete Abery, OFX Technical Services

Costume Design | Diana Fairbairn Smith, IODS, Stage Costume Dartford

Ford overalls provided by | Janet Huckle @ All Dressed Up 

Additional Dresses | Brenda Brackley and Racheal Maguire

Props | Mo Jones

Wigs | John Gadd

Stage Manager 

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