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Dumbwise Theatre, Red Ladder Theatre and Unite the Union present...

The Matchgirls

A riotous and gritty play with stomping show tunes that captures the spirit and energy of these extraordinary women, this is the story of the Matchgirls as they take on one of the largest industrial forces of the era and sing through it against all the odds.

This production was staged commemorate the one hundredth and twenty-fifth anniversary of the Matchgirls strike in Bow, East London with a cast of professional and East End community actors. A group of ordinary women did the extraordinary and walked out of the Bryant & May match factory, changing British history forever.

Arranged and staged by award winning actor musician company Dumbwise, this production was co-produced by Unite the Union and Red Ladder Theatre Company.

Supported by Wilton's Music Hall and Arts Council England

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Wilton’s Music Hall London 03 Jul 2013 - 05 Jul 2013

Book and Lyrics - Bill Owen, Music - Tony Russell, Director - John Ward, Musical Director - David Hewson, Musical Director - Eilidh Debonnaire, Designer - Jenni Campbell, Lighting Design - Josh Pharo, Stage Manager - Roisin Symes, Producer - Chris Lloyd, Associate Producer - Euan Borland


Kate - Laura Kirman, Joe - Adam Boakes, Polly - Kirsty Cherrett, Jessie - Sarah Milton, Louie - Niamh Canning, Maggie - Helena Morais, Mrs Purkins - Yvonne Wickham, Winnie - Clara Powell, Beattie - Rebecca-Louise Gray, George Bernard Shaw - Tarek Merchant, Perce / Mynel - Elliott Rennie, Annie Beasant - Leah Elsey, Bert - David Heywood, Nell - Marit Schep, Dot - Cecily Nash