A Comedy by Willy Russell
Frank is a cynical, burnt-‐out English professor, who drinks far too much whiskey. Rita is a hairdresser and a bit naive. She has however, a wonderful and indeed desperate thirst for knowledge and she chooses Frank of all people to introduce her to culture. Frank soon discovers that Rita has a lot more common sense than the so-called educated class within which he moves. He begins to fall in love with Rita for her zest for life, her almost childlike qualities and her simple, natural intelligence. But Rita’s life soon changes in this new environment. Two very different worlds then collide, merging to produce a charming human comedy and a wonderfully entertaining modern day Pygmalion.
Educating Rita was written by Willy Russell (the playwright of the ever popular Shirley Valentine) and premiered in 1980. The stage play and popular film version have gone on to entertain audiences around the world becoming a comedy classic.
“I wanted to make a play which engaged and was relevant to those who considered themselves uneducated, those whose daily language is not the language of the university or the theatre. I wanted to write a play which would attract, and be as valid, for the Ritas in the audience as well as the Franks.” Willy Russell.
“Like all classics it is universal in its themes as though it could have been written yesterday. Most of all, it is full of the wit and passion that characterise Willy Russell’s works.” Director Denny Lawrence.
Author: Willy Russell. Producer: Christine Harris and HIT Productions. Director: Denny Lawrence. Lighting and Set Design: Jacob Battista. Cast: Frank: Colin Moody. Susan: Francesca Bianchi.
Audience Advice: Strong language. Recommended 15+.
|26 – 29 October 2016|
|Wednesday 26 October – 8.00pm
Thursday 27 October – 10.30am
Friday 28 October – 8.00pm
Saturday 29 October – 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Concessions & Groups 8+: $47.00
Concessions & Groups 8+: $42.00
Last day for Early Bird Tickets: 26th September 2016
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