When the wonderful Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch recently turned 63, Dataphone was delighted to sponsor its birthday party!
The production on the night was Made in Dagenham, a lively musical based on real life events from 1968 – a time when digital communications was the stuff of science fiction! Dagenham’s famous Ford car factory was, at that time, one of the country’s largest private employers. Alongside a few thousand men, 187 underpaid women worked on the assembly line in harsh conditions. The Shop Steward and Union Rep teamed up to get a better deal for those women, leading to a strike for equal pay and, ultimately, equal rights in the workplace for women. It makes for good theatre!
The musical is fab – if you haven’t seen it, we recommend it! And for the birthday celebration of an Essex theatre, it was a great choice: Dagenham is also in Essex, just a few miles along the road from our own Essex-based head office! (We’re pleased to say that none of our employees here at Dataphone go out on strike – they’re all pleased with their working conditions, especially since we moved to our shiny new offices earlier this year.)
Some of the account managers that deal with our Legacy Phone System Support do tend to enjoy the odd theatrical sing-along though, while the rest of us are busy providing support to customers with a whole range of phone systems.
Queen’s Theatre’s birthday party was attended by the Mayor of Havering (Philippa Crowder). If she’d like to stay in touch we’ll call her via our fibre-optic broadband connection. Now that’s something you couldn’t do in 1968!!
Wishing our local theatre the happiest of birthdays! We were proud to be instrumental in the celebrations and look forward to many more years of fantastic entertainment!
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