Kendal businessman Alan Jewitt has two strong reasons to support the production of Made in Dagenham playing this week at the Brewery Arts Centre.
Two of his family are playing in the band for the hit musical which recently completed a successful West End run.
Son Dave Storer, who is returning to Kendal College in September to study on the Musical Theatre course, will be drumming in the band, and daughter Heather, who has just finished her third year studying in Glasgow will be playing keyboards and is in charge of sound effects.
Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is the uplifting musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. Made in Dagenham is set in Essex 1968 where Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time.
Her life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?
The show runs at the Brewery Arts Centre from Wednesday to Saturday (June 15-18).
Alan, (pictured) who is managing director of SYPO, the e-commerce and web development company, said: “We think the show is brilliant and we are supporting it by advertising in the programme. The Performing Arts faculty at Kendal College is fantastic and so is the director, Hilary Pezet, who deserves lots of credit.”
Alan’s is a very musical family; another daughter, Lauren Storer, is currently touring Britain with the musical Footloose.