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A New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich And Queen's Theatre Hornchurch Production.
Based on the Woolley/Karlsen/Number 9 Motion Picture. This production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited.
Book By Richard Bean
Music By David Arnold
Lyrics By Richard Thomas
Dagenham, 1968: Rita’s a busy mum, loving wife and hard working Ford factory employee. But something’s very wrong. Rita and her female colleagues find themselves working long hours sewing car seats for far less money than the men. And they’ve had enough.
Finding a voice she never knew she had, Rita leads the women on a trailblazing battle for equal pay, taking on the unions, Ford’s top brass and the Government. As the pressure mounts Rita struggles to keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for.
Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is an uplifting musical comedy about how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
Don’t miss the regional premiere of this very British musical following it's 2014 critically acclaimed West End run.
Note: This production contains strong language.
Theatre: Mamma Mia (International Tour); The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre); Aladdin (De Montfort Hall, Leicester); Our House (UK Tour); Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse); Children of Eden (West End); Million Dollar Quartet (West End); Dreamboats & Petticoats (West End & Tour); Cabaret (UK Tour); Hotel Follies (Arts Theatre, West End); Dr Dolittle (UK Tour); Scrooge (UK Tour); Have A Nice Life (Edinburgh Festival).
Film: London Road (Cuba Pictures); Tag (17th Southern Pictures).
West End: Alternate Deco, u/s Outspan and Derek, The Commitments (Palace).
Other theatre: Recent credits include Fairy and u/s Bottom and Theseus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC); March Hare/Caterpillar, Alice In Wonderland and Tommy Bostock, Mickey Salberg (Watermill); Tom Fuller, Miss Nightingale (UK tour); Barry Townsend, Soulman (Stephen Joseph); Robin Hood, Robin Hood (New Wolsey Theatre); First cover Freddie/Ensemble, Chess (UK tour and Toronto); Walk-in cover Freddie, Chess (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); The Pirate King, Pirates of Penzance (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Laertes, Hamlet Travestie (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Aladdin, Aladdin (New Wolsey Theatre); Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Ali Baba, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Margate Theatre Royal); Jack, Jack and the Beanstalk (Gatehouse, Stafford); Little Show of Musicals (Motherwell Civic); Dick, Dick Whittington (Hereford Courtyard Theatre); I Love you, you're perfect, now sing! (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); Malcolm, Macbeth and Romeo, Romeo and Juliet (no.1 national tour with Shakespeare 4 Kidz); Simon, Sleeping Beauty (Theatr Clywd).
Film: Credits include The Bout, Sweet Children, A Really Big Adventure, Perspective and Call Me a Cabbie (ITV).
Training: Rose Bruford.
Theatre: Credits include The Grand Gesture (Northern Broadsides); A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse); Heidi – A Goat’s Tale (Egg Studio, Theatre Royal Bath); The Snow Queen (Royal and Derngate); Where Have I Been All My Life?, Inherit the Wind, Far from the Madding Crowd, A Christmas Carol (New Vic, Stoke); Big Maggie (Stephen Joseph); A Doll’s House, Romeo and Juliet, The Diary of Mrs Pepys, Blue Remembered Hills, The Miracle Tour, The Cherry Orchard (Cheltenham Everyman); Tales of the Country, Strawberry Fields, From Land to Mouth (Pentabus); One for the Record (Forest Forge); Grimm Tales (Manchester Library); Around the World in Eighty Days (Keswick Theatre by the Lake); Pinocchio (Regent’s Park); Old King Cole (Cochrane); Lords and Ladies, Gilgamesh (London Bubble); Second from Last in the Sack Race (Harrogate); The Nativity (Bolton Octagon); The Snow Queen (Watermill); “Oh Mr Brunel!” (Show of Strength); The Grapes of Wrath, The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Much Ado About Nothing, Robin Hood, The Winter’s Tale (The Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster); The Nun (Greenwich Studio); The Shoemaker’s Holiday (Leeds Playhouse); On Your Way Riley, OIiver! (York Theatre Royal).
Television: I Shouldn’t Be Alive, Colliding Lives (Discovery Channel).
Films: London Road (BBC/Cuba Films); Hot Hot Hot (Samsa Films Luxembourg). Angela provided the voice of Katchia for Agogo Film’s animated series Howdi Gaudi.
Training: Rose Bruford College.
West End: Anthony has recently finished a year playing lead role Joey in The Commitments.
Theatre: Includes Title role, Macbeth; King Rat, Dick Whittington; Pinkie, Brighton Rock; Lenny, Having a Ball; Tony, Abigail’s Party; Robert, Don’t Dress for Dinner; Hannay, Thirty Nine Steps (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Gatehouse); Mother Courage (The Lowry); A Government Inspector, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Northern Broadsides); Anne and Zef (Salisbury Playhouse); Guys and Dolls (national tour); Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan (Library Theatre); James and the Giant Peach (Bolton Octagon), and Company (New Wolsey Theatre). Anthony appeared in the legendary Sam Mendes’ Cabaret (Donmar) and played Ferrucio in The Snowman (Almeida). Christmas shows have been part of Anthony’s ‘End of Year Fun’ and recent productions include Christmas Carol, 101 Dalmatians; two rock’n’roll versions of the popular pantomimes Robin Hood (New Wolsey Theatre), Dick Whittington, Jack and The Beanstalk and James and the Giant Peach.
Music: Anthony’s musical talent is extensive and impressive - he can play the cornet, didgeridoo, drums, harmonica and the trumpet.
Television: Includes Coronation Street, Great Train Robbery, Doctors, Holby City (BBC); The Suspicions of Mr Whicher; Dalziel and Pascoe and The Bill, playing a particularly nasty and memorable villain.
Theatre and music: While studying drums, Callum began playing in the band for The Chickenshed Theatre Company and played in Sleeping Beauty - Dream on, The Night Before Christmas, Globaleyes and Peter Pan. For the last two years, Callum has been performing and writing for Chickenshed’s show for young children Tales from the Shed, which has been performed at British Summer Time Hyde Park and The Old Vic Theatre, to name a few. This Christmas, Callum will be performing in Adventure to Oz. In his free time, Callum writes and plays in his own originals band.
Training: The Institute of Contemporary Musical Performance, London.
West End: Alice Beane, Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre); Mamma Gladys, Memphis (Shaftesbury); Mabel, The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre and Shaftesbury); Mrs. Metcalf and understudy Mother Dear, Betty Blue Eyes (Novello); Widow Corney, Oliver! (Theatre Royal Drury Lane and UK tour); Miss Lark and u/s Miss Andrew, Mrs Brill and Mrs Corry, Mary Poppins (Bristol Hippodrome and Prince Edward Theatre); Clara Eynsford Hill, My Fair Lady (Drury Lane); Madame Thenardier, Les Misérables (Palace); Charlotte, Oliver! (London Palladium). Claire also performed her one-woman show, An Old Fashioned Love Story, at the New London Theatre.
Broadway: Claire is also very proud of her involvement in the new orchestrations of the Broadway production of Les Misérables.
Other theatre: Credits include Cora, Girls (Leeds Grand/Manchester Opera House); Tim’s Mother and Asphyxia, Salad Days (Riverside Studios); Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady Suite (Union Theatre); Ms Darbus, High School Musical (Churchill Theatre and UK tour); Queen Esmerelda, Sleeping Beauty (Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal).
West End: Awal Shah/Maharajah cover, The Far Pavilions and Dr Patel, Time’s Up (Shaftesbury Theatre); Mr Jenus, Dawlish Road (Soho Theatre/Sitcom Trials).
Other theatre: Daddy in Sweet Charity, Beast/Prince Promising in Beauty and the Beast, King Rat in Dick Whittington, Martin/Rocker in Mods and Rox (New Wolsey Theatre); DS Troughton, Run For Your Wife; Vernon Gersch, They’re Playing Our Song (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Borachio, Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Gatehouse); Mortello, The Man Who Stole The Circus (Iris Theatre); Vincent, Lemon the Musical (Arts Theatre); Hernia in Cinderella, Aladdin in Aladdin (Leeds City Variety); Tybalt, Romeo and Juliet (Stafford Festival Shakespeare); Richie Valens/Elvis Presley, Buddy vs The Killer (The British Theatre Playhouse); Robin Hood, Robin Hood & the Babes In The Wood (Clwyd Theatre, Cymru); Beast, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal, Wakefield); Zoltan Kaparthy, My Fair Lady and Pepe, West Side Story (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Principle Vocalist, Black Mountain Male Voice Choir (USA tour); Pirate King, Pirates of Penzance (Yvonne Arnaud); Host/Nicholas/Damien, The Canterbury Tales (Electric Theatre); George Pepper, Talent to Amuse (Loseley House); Leon Czolgosz, Assassins (Founder’s Studio). Dan recently worked on Jackie The Musical (UK tour) as Musical Director.
Film and television: Credits include Chris in Treasure, The Chosen in Chosen, Policeman in Kotodama (short films); Pianist in BBC HD commercial; Salesman for Blackberry (corporate); Badjay/Nani Double in Planet Ajay (BBC); and IT Consultant in corporate shoot for Bausch & Lomb.
Training: BMus (Hons), University of Surrey; post-graduate course, Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 2004.
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Dan is very pleased to be back at the New Wolsey for his fifth rock and roll pantomime. After playing incompetent dads for the last three pantos, Dan is glad to be relinquishing his parental responsibilities in Red Riding Hood. Dan had a busy year last year touring the UK playing bass for Jackie: The Musical, and then had a great time appearing in Made In Dagenham at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch and here at the New Wolsey. As well as actor musician work, Dan has performed comedy for the science museum, British Council and Edinburgh Fringe, presented science live and on tv and had roles in many short films. He played the lead in the award winning short film The Furred Man for local filmmaker Paul Williams.
Elizabeth graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2016. Her theatre credits include Made in Dagenham, Queens Theatre Hornchurch; Sinbad the Rock 'n' Roll Panto, New Wolsey Theatre and Fatbusters the Musical, Park Theatre. Credits before training include The Girl in the Ashes, Queens Theatre Belfast and Goblin Market, Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has also recently appeared in Crawl, the newest music video from Joseph J. Jones.
Elizabeth is thrilled to be returning to the New Wolsey this year.
West End: Includes the lead role of The Engineer, Miss Saigon (Drury Lane), Aladdin (Shaw), Tintin in Tibet (Barbican). Other theatre: Includes Dame Bernadette Broadbottom in The Sword in the Stone, And Then The Dark (New Wolsey Theatre); Dusty (Charing Cross); As You Like it (Ludlow/Stafford Festival); Sleeping Beauty (Aylesbury Waterside); Aladdin (Bristol Hippodrome); Romeo and Juliet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Stafford Gatehouse); Animal Farm (Clwyd Theatr); Spend Spend Spend (original production at the Watermill and national tour); Aladdin (Shaw, London); A Word from Our Sponsor, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn (Scarborough and Chichester Festival); Iago, Othello and Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kent Rep); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet (Dukes, Lancaster); The Narrator, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Manchester Library); The Strindberg Chamber Plays (The Gate); A View from the Bridge (Greenwich); Peachum, The Beggar’s Opera (Buxton Opera Festival); Lockitt (Bridewell, London). National tours include Company, Chicago and The Rivals (Century Theatre); Happy End (Nottingham Playhouse); The Good Companions (Ipswich); Dick Barton: The Excess of Evil and Young Dick Barton (Croydon Warehouse); Aladdin (Stevenage); Framed; Trust No One; The Man of La Mancha and The Wizard of Oz (Edinburgh Lyceum); Something Wicked this way Comes (National Theatre of Scotland).
Television: Includes Call the Midwife, Doctors, EastEnders, The Bill, Trial and Retribution, Grange Hill (the school chef!), In the Red, Bugs, The Knock, Trail of Guilt, Thief Takers, A Line in the Sand, Bramwell.
Film: Includes The Muppets…Again! (Disney), Lift (Faster Baby Productions), From Hell (20th Century Fox).
Training: Guildford School of Acting.
Theatre: Recent credits include Othello (Stafford Gatehouse), White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), Calamity Jane (Watermill and UK tour), The Perfect City (UK tour), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pericles, The Lonesome West, Three Sisters, The Winter’s Tale (BOVTS), Coram Boy (Pleasance Islington), Personals (Bridewell).
Film: Astoria (Young Vic/Guardian Shorts, 2016), Host Familie (2013), Brief Intermission (2013).
Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and read German and Spanish at Bristol University.
West End: Alfredo Du Lac, Eurydice (Whitehall).
Other theatre: DL, Feelgood and Henry Perkins, Funny Money (Vienna's English Theatre); Vittorio Vidal, Sweet Charity (New Wolsey Theatre); Andy Stephens, Susan Boyle's manager in the new musical I Dreamed A Dream (national tour); Clyde, The Witches of Eastwick (Watermill); Abanazar, Aladdin (Alhambra, Bradford); High Pockets Duncan, Buddy (Channel Islands); Montano, Othello and Hastings, Richard III (Ludlow Festival); Sgt Major Reg Drummond, Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep); Bill Austen, Mamma Mia! (international tour); Koko, The Hot Mikado (Craig Revel Horwood, Watermill, national tour); King Rat, Dick Whittington and Duke of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors (Northcott, Exeter); Bob Acres in The Rivals, All Male Roles in The Blue Room and Bob Cratchet in A Christmas Carol (Swan, Worcester); The Narrator, The Roy Orbison Story (Bill Kenwright national tour); Prospero, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Billy Flynn in Chicago (Frankfurt); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet and George Osborne, Vanity Fair (Sherman, Cardiff); Antipholus, The Comedy of Errors (national tour); Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Seward, Dracula and Badger, Wind in The Willows (Liverpool Playhouse); Robert, Stagestruck (Grand Swansea); Jon Forsyte, The Forsyte Saga with Nyree Dawn Porter (national tour).
Television and film: Prince Andrew, Diana: Her True Story (NBC); Herr Luytnant, Norbert Smith: A Life (Channel 4); Poirot; The Bill; Family Affairs (Channel 5); Westbeach (BBC); Rufus Sidwell, Kidnap and Ransom (ITV); DCI Bannister, The Runaway (Sky TV); Woods, The Italian Consul (Film Italia).
Radio: PC Collins, Saplings and Quisby, Gilbert Without Sullivan (Radio 4).
West End: Andy and Assistant Musical Director, Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse).
Other theatre: Credits include Puck, Thisbe (Door Ajar/The Vaults); Prince, Cinderella (Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light); Noah Claypool and Performance MD, Oliver! (Watermill); Trip, The School for Scandal and Balthasar, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory); The BFG (Birmingham Rep); Band Leader, Three Minute Heroes (Belgrade); Reverend Kimble and Performance Musical Director, The Threepenny Opera (New Wolsey Theatre/UK tour); Gwyn and Assistant Musical Director, The Snow Spider (UK tour); various roles and Touring Musical Director, Our House (UK tour/New Wolsey); Billy, I Was a Rat! (UK tour/Birmingham Rep); Gwyn, The Snow Spider (Ovalhouse); Grandfather Dodderspittle, The Fumidor; Lee Harvey Oswald and Co-Musical Director, Assassins; Spellbinder, Tales from the Vienna Woods; Antonio and Musical Director, Twelfth Night; Alwa, Lulu.
Music: Musical Director and Arranger, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery (Mischief /Criterion).
Training: BA (Hons), Actor Musicianship, Rose Bruford.
West End: Once (Phoenix).
Other theatre: Title role, Sherlock Holmes (US tour); The Jungle Book (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Robin Hood (Dukes, Lancaster); The Johnny Eck and Dave Toole Show (Slung Low/West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Christmas Carol (New Vic); Bloom (Forest Forge); Celebrity Night at Café Red (Trafalgar Studios); Dick Turpin's Last Ride (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and UK tour); Sexing the Cherry (Southbank Centre); Hamlet (UK tour); Before I Sleep (dreamthinkspeak/Brighton Festival); Othello (UK tour); Ur-Hamlet and The Marriage of Medea (Odin Teatret, Denmark/Poland); The Turn of The Screw (UK tour); The Fence (The Wrestling School/Birmingham Rep).
Radio: Includes Economus Wrecked (Actors of Dionysus/BBC Radio 4).
Film: Includes The Contract (Scanner-Rhodes Productions) and the title role in Medea (Dromos Films).
Other work: Loren is also a multi-instrumentalist and an aerialist.
Training: Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris.
West End: The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre).
Other theatre: Rapunzel (Everyman & Playhouse Theatre); Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre).
Television: EastEnders (BBC); Holby City (BBC); Top Boy (Channel 4).
Film: Pass the Comb, The Boat that Rocked, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People.
Martina is a self-taught performer and musician. Born in Nigeria and raised in London, she has been exposed to a wealth of diverse cultural, musical and literary influences - from tribal to contemporary African art, the sounds of Fela Kuti, Sade, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and the writings of Maya Angelou.
Theatre: Ursula March, Sweet Charity and Cinderella, Cinderella (New Wolsey Theatre); Miranda, Return to the Forbidden Planet (as well as UK tour and Daegu Opera House, South Korea); The Blonde, Gun Metal Blues; Maggie Saunders, Lend Me A Tenor; Sarah, Godspell; Janet, The Rocky Horror Show; Bianca, The Taming of the Shrew; Gloria, Pick Yourself Up; Courtesan, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Shelley, Ladies Down Under; Jasmine, Camp Horror; Lucy Steele, Sense and Sensibility; Princess Aurora, Sleeping Beauty; Woman in Red, A Murder Has Been Arranged; Shelley, Ladies' Day; Alice, Dick Whittington (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); The Girl Next Door, The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea and Grosvenor Sister, Radio Times (Watermill); Mona, Chicago (Oldham Coliseum); Grosvenor Girl/understudy Amy, Radio Times (UK tour); Frederika, Sleeping Beauty (Theatr Clwyd); Agnetha in ABBA Gold (UK tour); Journey of Jazz (Sadler's Wells); Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz; Peggy, Godspell (Thameside Theatre).
Television: Credits include featured actor, Visit England commercial; featured singer, T-Mobile advert in Trafalgar Square.
Theatre: Credits include The Witches (The Curve); Susan Miller, Calamity Jane (Watermill Theatre and no. 1 tour); Irina, The Pearl (The Production Exchange); Miss Spider/Aunt Spiker, James and the Giant Peach (Birmingham Old Rep and UK tour); Britney, Robin Hood and The Babes in The Wood (New Wolsey Theatre); Ensemble/Cover Florence, Chess (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto and UK tour); Bagheera, Jungle Book (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Norah, The Poor Soldier (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Whitney, Robin Hood and The Babes in The Wood (Clwyd Theatr); Swing/1st cover Betty Schaeffer, Sunset Boulevard (Comedy Theatre); Mollie, Animal Farm (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Penny/Henrietta, HONK! (Watermill, Newbury); Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall); Louise, Only The Brave (New Theatre, Cardiff); Opening Gala of the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC); Marigold, Tickledom – Fluella The Ice Witch (Weston Studio, WMC).
Television: Credits include Shelley, Casualty (BBC); presenter, Sam ar y Sgrin (Tinopolis, S4C).
Training: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Theatre: Jackie Tower, Six Five Rock n Roll Express Show (Assembly Halls). Credits while training include Bertha Rochester, Jane Eyre; Wardrobe Mistress, Kiss Me Kate; Jacqueline Kennedy/Chorus Master, First Lady Suite; Lily, A Winter’s Guest; Rosalind, As You Like It; Ruth Sherwood, Wonderful Town.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (2016 graduate).
West End: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Duchess and Chichester Festival, Jonathan Church); Mack and Mabel (Criterion, Adam Kenwright/Watermill).
Other theatre: Steve Currie/Captain Sensible, 20th Century Boy (New Wolsey Theatre/UK no. 1 tour); The Sword in the Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Angie the Ox in Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Sugar and Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (New Wolsey); Bosun in Return to the Forbidden Planet 25th Anniversary Tour (Bob Carlton), Lend Me a Tenor, Gunmetal Blues, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Aladdin, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Twelfth Night, The Servant of Two Masters, A Slice of Saturday Night, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gaslight, Bouncers and It’s a Fine Life! (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); From a Jack to a King (Far East tour for British Theatre Playhouse); Norman Petty, The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Musical Productions/no. 1 tour); The Comedy of Babi Babbett, Gentle Harry’s Farm, Ikarus Inc and Noah Babel’s Ark (Rude Mechanicals); Pinafore Swing (Watermill/national tour); Prior to training, Steve played Stitch in Oliver! (London Palladium, Sam Mendes).
Television: Includes Love Soup (BBC).
Training: Rose Bruford College.
Theatre: Tom Clutterbuck, Sleeping Beauty (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch); Knave of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland (Gordon Craig Theatre); Puppeteer/Musician, The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Little Angel Theatre); Cheshire Cat/Caterpillar/Mock Turtle, Alice’s Adventures Underground (The Vaults, Waterloo); Ensemble/1st Cover Boq, Wicked (Apollo Victoria); Ensemble/Mr Crabbe, The Light Princess (Workshops, National Theatre); Frankie Valli, Walk Like A Man (Veritas Entertainment); Writer/MD/Philip Wakem, The Mill on the Floss (Workshop, Everyman Cheltenham); Midir, The Immortal Hour - Opera (The Finborough); Bobby Pepper, Curtains (The Landor); Genie of the Lamp, Aladdin and Deputy Dim, Aladdin (Hall For Cornwall).
Television/Film: Jeff Cole, The Oliver Complex (short film); Soldier, Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Universal Pictures); Singer, The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV).
Training: The Guildford School of Acting, First Class BA (Hons).
Theatre, film and television: Wendy’s award-winning career is now in its 40th year and started out in musical theatre with the touring company London Bubble directed by Glen Walford. Wendy then went straight on to her second job in the John Schlesinger movie Yanks (Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award) before going on to work extensively in film, television and theatre, starring alongside Geraldine James in Granada’s Jewel in The Crown. She most recently appeared opposite Sheila Hancock as Nancy in the feature film Edie. Theatre credits include the role of Irene in the world premiere of Hatched n’ Dispatched at the Park Theatre in 2015, and Hilary in The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.
Writing and direction: Wendy’s film Mercy, which she has written and directed, has just gone into post-production.
Music: Wendy also plays in a ukelele duo, The Ukeledes, and sings in the 1960s Ronettes-style girl band The Starlettes who gig regularly around Essex.
★★★★★ "Really is worthy of the West End"
"The performances are 100%."
"Entertaining but highly emotional, it’ll make you want to get on your feet and scream"
I was hugely impressed with the regional professional production of Made In Dagenham performed at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, on Wednesday evening (12th October). It was an excellent show, which genuinely merited the standing ovation it received! To be perfectly honest, I've never been a great fan of actor/musician productions, having seen far too many to mention. However, I have to admit that on this occasion it really did work. A hard-working ensemble each played various roles and instruments in the show, and all performed superbly. Some super characterisations and, although you were always aware of the instrumentalists on stage, they didn't detract from the main action. Leading the cast as Rita and Eddie, Danielle Bowen and Alex Tomkins were outstanding. I just loved the staging of 'The Letter,' one of the most powerful numbers in the musical. In fact, there were more than a few clever touches, which enhanced the show and meant for a slick and well-paced production. Claire Machin gave a tour de force performance as Barbara Castle. Claire shone throughout, but really came into her own in Act 2. Her 'Ideal World' was breathtaking! As I'm taking part in a production of Made In Dagenham in Arbroath next February, it was a worthwhile trip from Northeast Scotland to see the show. Believe it or not, I even managed to post a winning bid for a Gannex coat in an eBay auction minutes before curtain up!!! All in all, a wonderful evening!
came to see made in dagenham last night. wow what a fantstic production and cast. ive never enjoyed a show so much as i did this one. so so glad i went. well done to all involved. fabulous
We've seen many fantastic shows at the New Wolsey over the last 20 years, especially the musicals but we came to see Made in Dagenham yesterday and it was absolutely superb. Funny, moving,[what a roller coaster of emotions], great melodious songs with very clever lyrics and the superb all singing - all dancing and all instrument playing cast we expect to see at the Wolsey. I can't remember ever seeing a Matinee audience leap to their feet to give a standing ovation with such alacrity; usually we're too old to move that fast. Thank you everyone for a truly magical 2.30 hours and here's to our next visit.
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