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Pygmalion-style drama about a hairdresser's literary quest. It is a play for two actors set entirely in the office of an Open University lecturer.
The play was directed by Mike Ockrent. Plot summary The plays follows the relationship between a year-old Liverpudlian working class hairdresser and Frank, a middle-aged university lecturer, during the course of a year.
Susan who initially calls herself Ritadissatisfied with the routine of her work and social life, seeks inner growth by signing up for and attending an Open University course in English Literature. The play opens as 'Rita' meets her tutor, Frank, for the first time.
Frank is a middle-aged, alcoholic career academic who has taken on the tutorship to pay for his drink.
The two have an immediate and profound effect on one another; Frank is impressed by Susan's verve and earnestness and is forced to re-examine his attitudes and position in life; Susan finds Frank's tutelage opens doors to a bohemian lifestyle and a new self-confidence.
However, Frank's bitterness and cynicism return as he notices Susan beginning to adopt the pretensions of the university culture he despises. Susan becomes disillusioned by a friend's attempted suicide and realises that her new social niche is rife with the same dishonesty and superficiality she had previously sought to escape.
The play ends as Frank, sent to Australia on a sabbatical, welcomes the possibilities of the change.
Themes The play deals with the concept of freedom, change, England's class system, the shortcomings of institutional education, and the nature of self-development and of personal relationships. The play borrows from the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalionitself based upon archetypes from Greek myth.More than just another contemporary take on the “Pygmalion” tale, Willy Russell’s “Educating” Rita” is a comic but revealing take on the personal journeys nearly everyone must take in order to reach fulfillment.
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company opened its 77th season of professional. British playwright Willy Russell lives in Liverpool. His “Educating Rita” “Blood Brothers,” and “Shirley Valentine” were international hits.
“Rita” became a movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Waters. Oct 28, · The original "Educating Rita," a long-running London stage hit by Willy Russell, had only the two characters.
They were on the stage together for a long time, and by the end of the play we had shared in their developing relationship.2/5.
Educating Rita review at Lyric Theatre, Belfast – ‘quiet ferocity’ These elements form the cornerstones of Willy Russell’s celebrated play, Educating Rita, the setting for which has.
May 20, · Educating Rita is a stage comedy by British playwright Willy Russell. It is a play for two actors set entirely in the office of an Open University lecturer. Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Educating Rita premièred at The Warehouse, London, in June starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston.
Educating Rita is a stage comedy by British playwright Willy Russell. It is a play for two actors set entirely in the office of an Open University lecturer. Educating Rita.