Educating Rita

A play by Willy Russell
10th-12th November 2005
at Faringdon Junior School
Directed by Rachel Coward & Rob Thorpe

Educating Rita
Simon Wisbey (Frank) & Lesley Phillips (Rita)

When late developer Rita presents herself in the study of superannuated, disillusioned lecturer Frank (unpublished poet with a drink problem) demanding an education the scene is set for a transformation in both their lives. Rita may have had her consciousness raised in the hairdressing salon where she works, but can she reinvigorate the jaded academic and find what she is looking for? This two-hander is not just an exercise in clever verbal patter - though there is plenty of that to enjoy, with sparky 'Scouse' humour - but a sensitive exploration of two lives challenged and changed in the pursuit of truth and beauty.



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