A play about an "iconic" car said to have close Havering connections is coming to Hornchurch after manufacturing was halted for good.

Havering Changing and Queen's Theatre Hornchurch last Thursday (September 14) announced the premiere of Fiesta, a play about the famous Ford car and its connection to the borough.

The play will run from October 5 to 8 and comes after the Ford Fiesta car ended production in June.

Havering Changing said the car has played a crucial role in the borough and the nearby Dagenham Ford Factory on the A13 has touched many lives over the years.

Joe Lichtenstein, playwriter and director, said: "Fiesta is a series of collective vignettes that capture the moments of loving the iconic Fiesta from the people that worked at the factory."

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Romford Recorder: The play explores the connection between people in Havering, notably south Hornchurch, and the Ford FiestaThe play explores the connection between people in Havering, notably south Hornchurch, and the Ford Fiesta (Image: Havering Changing/ Ford Heritage Vault)

Production of the Fiesta halted almost half a century after it began, said Havering Changing.

It is reportedly the UK's all-time bestselling car and has been sold in more than 50 countries.

The play will celebrate the car's legacy by sharing stories from Ford Fiesta owners, neighbours and its creators.

Fiesta's production team visited Orchard Village in south Hornchurch, a former housing estate for Ford factory workers, to research and host workshops for several months with the community.

Mr Lichtenstein said his production would capture the connection of the car to the area and its people.

"Whether in the canteen or on the production line, [the play will be] capturing memories and cherished moments to say goodbye to a car but not to the love that lives on for it,” he said.

Havering Changing is an arts project which supports people in Harold Hill, Orchard Village, Rainham and Romford.

Fiesta is produced by Rachel Nolan Productions, with music composed by Sarah Angliss.

The production is suitable for all ages and tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

You can book at www.queens-theatre.co.uk or call the box office team on 01708 443333.