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The Pajama Game

A musical performed Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th October 1998 at The Bolsover School

A strike is imminent at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.  The union is seeking a wage rise of seven-and-a-half cents an hour.  Sid and Babe are in opposite camps, yet a romance is born between them.

At first Babe rejects him and Sid is forced to confide his feelings to his Dictaphone.  During the annual picnic for the factory workers he makes much better progress but their estrangement is reinforced when they return to the factory.

A go-slow is arranged by the union, strongly supported by Babe.  Sid, as factory superintendent, demands ‘an honest day’s work’ and threatens to fire slackers.

Babe, enraged by his attitude, jams her machine causing a general breakdown and is immediately fired by Sid.

Hines, the popular efficiency expert, is in love with Gladys, the president’s secretary.  Periodically, he brings a more optimistic look to life in the factory.

Becoming convinced that Babe’s championship of the union is justified, Sid simulates interest in Gladys by taking her our for the evening to the night club, Hernando’s Hideaway.

Through her help he is eventually able to gain access to the firm’s books and discovers the boss has been adding to his price the pay increase demanded by the workers.

Sid then brings round his boss, Hasler’s, consent to a pay rise and is able to bring peace to the factory and in his love life.  Everyone goes out to celebrate – at Hernando’s Hideaway!