How to Write a Summary of an Article? Willy Russell Wrote Educating Rita Throughout the play Wily Russell successfully conveys the message that education is more than just passing exams. He does this by characterization, language, form and structure, society and history, all of which I will be covering in this essay.
Reviews Gallery This classic two-hander tells the story of Frank, a professor of literature, and Rita his newest student.
Frank Bryant is a professor of literature and Rita is his newest student. Rita embarks on a course of evening classes with Frank as her English tutor.
His disillusioned outlook on life has driven him to the bottle. The effects are both amusing and dramatic as her fresh, intuitive approach becomes clouded and stifled as she grapples with the problem of a formal education, while Frank also learns something - to believe in himself again. But who ends up teaching who in this comedy about love, learning and finding a better song to sing?
Nicole Rutty as Rita Willy Russell's classic two-hander gets a straightforward and engaging reading, with the necessary laughs and emotion - The Advertiser Educating Rita is as fresh today as when British playwright Willy Russell first unveiled it back in - Sunday Mail Dave Simms, as Frank, is fantastic.
Nicole Rutty, as Rita, shows exactly the right mix of bravado and vulnerability - Adelaide Theatre Guide. Educating Rita was first performed at the Warehouse in June and then transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End where it ran for two and a half years.
Productions have been staged all over the world ever since. Educating Rita swept the board and won multiple awards for best comedy and best play. Director's notes Educating Rita is an incredibly rich text and a rewarding play to direct and work on. It is funny, tragic, serious and rude, all within the space of a page.
For those who love English Literature it is a delight to unpack the references and see where they go. For me, Educating Rita is in many ways a trip down memory lane.
It has taken me straight back to being 18 and going off to University to study English and Drama. I can still remember, like well-known tunes, the works I studied.
I also have a good collection of Open University study guides. Frank is a tragic hero. He is the Macbeth, the hero who is warned continually to cut back on his drinking and change his lifestyle. One is tempted, like Rita when she attends a performance of Macbeth, to call out and warn him.
But somehow one knows that his character has a fatal flaw in it, rather like J. Alfred, Frank is paralysed and condemned to continual inaction, which sets up the dramatic tension between himself and Rita, who is not a character who sits around much.
She is the heroine, the Peer Gynt character who sets out to find herself, braving trolls and disaster on the way, but in the end comes happily home.
But at the end, she does have choice. Choice is ultimately what this play is about, the choices that a good education can give you. The way in which education can help you organise your thoughts, articulate your ideas and decide for yourself what you will do rather than being forced to follow a path that you would rather not.
It is having the ability to choose the song you will sing. When we were choosing our plays for Dave and I read and reread play after play, but when I picked up Educating Rita, it was like coming home. It was fresh, funny and warm; it made me laugh and it made me want to cry.
I wanted to hug Rita and shake Frank. The arguments in the play are current today: I finished reading the play and for us both the choice was made. It has been a joy to work with Nicky and Dave.
They are both such consummate actors that rehearsals have not so much been about directing the action but guiding the conversations and using an external eye to balance the movement. I thank them and Alison for their professionalism and for the fun we have had.
Julie Walters and Michael Caine in the movie version 'Simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious' - Sunday Times 'As full of regret as it is of promise She also caused a sensation as Georgeanne in our production, Five Woman Wearing the Same Dress winning an Horatio and Messenger award as well as being nominated for best femail performance in the Curtain Call awards.
Dave is one of the co-founders of Mixed Salad Productions. Sally Putnam Director Sally is one of the co-founders of Mixed Salad Productions, winning accolades for her direction of our first production in Love! Sally also directed our 'simply-staged' shows in andLove Letters and The Browning Version.
She has worked in a variety of roles in both amateur and professional theatre and opera. Sally teaches drama and also writes plays for the children she teaches. Willy Russell was born in Liverpool in “Educating Rita” written in by Willy Russell, is a play that explores the way in which a working class Liverpudlian woman, Rita (Susan), follows the change from unhappiness to happiness.
The story is a comedy, which revolves around the growing personal relationship between Rita, and her Open University Literature tutor, Dr. Frank Byrant.
Summary • Educating Rita - by Playwright Willy Russell • - Stage play Educating Rita performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company • - Film Educating Rita - dir Lewis Gilbert 3. Outline • Rita (Susan) is a 26 year old hairdresser, married to Denny who wants a child, though she doesn’t, yet.
Playwright Willy Russell has found a character who would stake her life on it--a bold and ambitious hairdresser, Rita, whose harsh, working-class way with the King's English is not about to stop her "dead eager" pursuit of knowledge. Rita, driven by feeling inadequate is the main character in Willy Russell’s play, Educating Rita.
She achieves a successful move into her new world. However, . The play “Educating Rita”, written by Willy Russell, is set in Liverpool in the early 80's.
It is written to highlight the class divide between the upper class lecturer Frank, and the working class student Rita. The Character of Rita in Educating Rita In the play of Educating Rita, which is written by Willy Russell, there is a student aged twenty-six years old who is a hairdresser and also is a working class called Rita.