It’s a family affair as theatre company returns with a show about the ordinary women who campaigned for equal rights and made history
A real-life dad and daughter will take to the stage as father and daughter as Tudor Musical Comedy Society returns to Sutton Coldfield Town Hall next week. Nathan and Scarlett Rock will appear as Eddie and Sharon O’Grady in the company’s forthcoming production of Made in Dagenham from 20-24 September.
Based on the film of the same name, the musical follows the story of the women machinists at Ford Dagenham who, in 1968, went on strike over equal pay after finding they were paid less than their male colleagues on the same grading. Their protest not only resulted in them securing a fairer wage, but it also forced the issue of equal pay into the spotlight and ultimately led to the introduction of the Equal Pay Act of 1970.
And taking on two of the central characters in this heart-warming, funny and emotional snapshot of history, are dad and daughter team of Nathan and nine-year-old Scarlett. But Scarlett is no stranger to performing as she was a cast member in Tudor’s production of Evita and has featured in several high-profile television advertising campaigns for organisations such as ASDA, the National Lottery and Marks and Spencer. She also appeared in the feature film Johnny English 3 and the keen-eyed might recognise her from the 2021 Debenhams Christmas advert.
Those who have watched Tudor’s previous productions will also be familiar with Nathan as he has performed regularly with them taking leading roles in previous shows such as Sister Act and Legally Blonde. Nathan said: “I am looking forward to sharing the stage with my daughter, Scarlett. She makes me so proud, and I know that she will have the most amazing week performing in Made in Dagenham.”
Made in Dagenham marks Tudor’s 61st year of entertaining audiences in Sutton Coldfield.
Chairman, Jayne Gleig, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring this fantastic show to The Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. For those who don’t know the story, it is very much one of friendship, love and fighting for what is right. That’s something that chimes with the ethos of our company where we pride ourselves on being inclusive, supportive, and friendly.
“Bringing the show to the stage represents seven months of hard work and dedication by our cast, company and production team which has been expertly led by Paula Lumsden who, having previously undertaken numerous leading roles on stage, makes her directorial debut with Made in Dagenham. We can’t wait for this show to take to the stage and urge the people of Sutton Coldfield to support local theatre and their town hall by coming to see this piece of history set in a musical about ordinary women who made positive change happen for generations to come.”
Made in Dagenham is at The Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Hall from 20-24 September. Tickets are available at www.suttontownhall.com or by calling the box office on 0121 296 9543.