Blackmore Players’ director and actors talk about latest production

Paul Golder writes for the Brentwood Gazette

We had a visit from members of the Blackmore Players to talk about their current production of Made In Dagenham.

The original film was made in 2010 and starred Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson. It told the story of the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968 that aimed for equal pay for women.

The film’s theme song was performed by Sandie Shaw, herself a native of the area and a former Ford Dagenham clerk. But there’s a much more local connection – some of the scenes were filmed at Ford’s HQ in Warley.

Director Bill Edwards came in to talk about how the film has been adapted for the stage and brought along actors Debbie Stevens and John Hughes to talk about their roles in the play.

You can hear the interview again at – and keep an eye out for the Players’ next production, Drinking Habits, which will be on stage in September.

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