Members of the cast of The Rattonians summer musical, Made in Dagenham, enjoyed the fun opportunity to ride in one of the original Ford Cortinas from the movie, thanks to owner Andrew Leggat.
Andrew’s car was used in the movie released in 2010 and he was invited to the film premiere.
He told The Rattonians how he was involved and that some of the film was shot on Eastbourne seafront. The launch of the new Cortina is one of the fun numbers in the show, a typical 1968 car advert, sung by Steve Stapley with the girls singing of the virtues of the new model.
Following on from the highly successful film starring the likes of Rosamund Pike, Sally Hawkins, and Miranda Richardson, the musical follows the true story of the struggle for working women to be paid a fair wage in the Dagenham Ford factory in 1968. Their fight brings them to the TUC conference in Eastbourne - appropriately enough. It opened in the West End in 2014 with Gemma Arterton in the lead role.
Funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together. With a great score, including the song Viva Eastbourne, and dynamic company the Rattonians’ promise an engaging fun, energetic show – something new and British.
The Rattonians have really enjoyed working on a new show, and for the younger members of the company it is certainly set in a very different period in England. So much has changed regarding women’s rights and pay but the humour of the period is funny, nostalgic and tongue in cheek. The upbeat score for the show evokes memories of the 1960’s when men were men, and girls were girls, and a pint and a Babycham was a Saturday night treat.
Directed by Mark Adams, the team also includes musical director Carl Greenwood, and choreographer Jan Lynton, and the show opens on Tuesday July 26 through to Saturday July 30 with performances 7.30pm nightly and matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Tickets are £16.50 with concessions for over 60s and under 16s – from Eastbourne Theatres Box Office 01323 411080.