He was born in to a working class family in Merseyside. He was not academically talented at school, coming away at the age of fifteen with a solitary O-level. He initially went on to follow Rita's choice of career - a women's hairdresser - at the suggestion of his mother. Unfortunately, unlike Rita, he turned out to be abysmal at that job, preferring instead to sit in the back room writing away.
Regional Reviews Theatre views Educating Rita follows the intellectual journey of hairdresser Rita or Susan whose passion for English Literature, for knowledge and for a chance to better herself brings her to the unoiled and unyielding office door of professor Frank.
Frank, a tormented poet and willing alcoholic whose love for drink often lands him in trouble with the academic authorities, supposes that he has little time for Rita, an Open University student whose lessons are only conducted to supplement his alcohol expenditure.
There is no doubt that Rita, a whirlwind of gaudy jumpers, high heels and leg warmers, is different to every other student Frank has begrudgingly tutored before.
Matthew Kelly gives a solid and committed performance as Frank, his portrayal of the often inebriated professor is well executed as he swings through states of subdued, melancholic thought to irate, persistent lecturing. Kelly plays the role with an individuality which the softer and more intimate scenes require.
Undoubtedly, in a two-player performance such as Educating Rita, the chemistry between actors should sustain the play and audience.
Although no longer concerned with the hum-drum monotony of every day life, Rita fails to realise that much of the literature she idolises explores just that. Blinded by the fashionable perceptions of literature as an unattainable and ambiguous art form, Rita sometimes overlooks or mistakes its purpose.
It is a homely and intimate space which provides an effective arena for the many show-downs both professional and personal which occur throughout the play.
The result is an enjoyable, entertaining performance — well acted and directed. Educating Rita remains sharply relevant, funny and accessible. Educating Rita is playing at the Richmond Theatre until 30 June before continuing on tour.
For more information and tickets, see the Richmond Theatre website.'I was terrified,’ says Willy Russell of the night he found himself way out of his depth, like one of his famous characters. The highly acclaimed playwright – creator of Educating Rita, Blood.
So begins "Educating Rita," a play by British playwright Willy Russell some may recall from the film version done a few years later with Michael Caine as Frank. Explore the ways in which Willy Russell makes use of language differences in act 2 scene 2 Pages: 1 Words: Willy Russell wrote the play in and was one of the best he wrote because of the fact that he emphasizes the differences between the rich and poor.
Alongside the comedy, Willy Russell’s portrayal of Rita offers much comment upon the plight of the working class woman. Rita’s domestic life often intrudes upon the academic sessions, her tales as a hairdresser, as a pub-widow and as a disappointing daughter.
Willy Russell, вЂ?Educating RitaвЂ™ 27/11/07 вЂ?Educating RitaвЂ™ explores the way in which a woman, in her late twenties, Rita, has to deal with everyday life, conflict change and different phases as she becomes educated. Although Rita knows that intellectual enlightenment is important, to Rita, education provides much more to her in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. Rita’s education is not restricted to scholastic learning alone, her transformation from the uneducated Rita to the educated Susan is all encompassing. And not just for women, but for all of us. • A new production of Educating Rita is at the Playhouse theatre, Liverpool ( ), until 7 March.
The script of Educating Rita, by Willy Russel, about the transformation of a woman going into the world, is great proof for the persuasion of the statement, as well as a visual text from the Sunday telegraph called, Two Boys in Redfern.
Although Rita knows that intellectual enlightenment is important, to Rita, education provides much more to her in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita.
Rita’s education is not restricted to scholastic learning alone, her transformation from the uneducated Rita to the educated Susan is all encompassing.