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Westwood Musical Society are back after a three year absence with their production of ‘Made in Dagenham’ coming to The Cresset in Peterborough from May 16 – 20.

The show was originally scheduled to open on 24 March 2020, but just four days before curtain up the country was plunged into lockdown due to the pandemic and all theatres were closed.

Those dark days are now behind us, and Westwood Musical Society have regrouped, replacing some original cast members who have moved on in the interim period with new talent, and are now raring to go to again with a show inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie ‘Made in Dagenham’.

It follows the fortunes of factory machinist Rita O’Grady and the girls from the Ford Dagenham car plant and their quest for equality for women.

The cast took a break from rehearsals to have some publicity photos taken at the premises of T C Harrison Ford who are supporting the show: this provided the perfect backdrop, together with a classic Ford Cortina on the forecourt as well.

With a cast of experienced troupers and some new faces, Westwood are looking forward to presenting Made in Dagenham which, with a laugh out loud script by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors, and The Hypocrite), was dubbed the best British musical since ‘Billy Elliott’ by The Stage when it hit the West End in 2014.

With some strong language, the show reflects life in the Ford car factory in the 1960’s, where prejudice within the male dominated management is rife. Rita and her colleagues risk everything at home and work to fight for equal pay and conditions - it’s a gritty British musical about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right.

You can’t beat a real story that skilfully mixes all the elements of human struggle, plenty of laughs and some cracking tunes for a real feel-good night out and this show at The Cresset will definitely be that!

It’s got Essex Girls. On Strike. Singing. Winning. Inept 1960’s male managers and Union officials. A right wing misogynist American Ford boss. Harold Wilson. Barbara Castle. A Ford Cortina. Dance routines with a sixties vibe. Husbands. Kids. Suffering. Supporting. Songs to make you cry. Songs to make you ‘Stand Up’ and shout for your rights.

This is more than just a musical – it’s an uplifting human journey. It’s emotional. It really happened. It changed History. You’ll love it.

Don’t miss out on this great show at The Cresset running from May 16 – 20.

Book online at or call The Cresset box office on 01733 265705.


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