Rita is a twenty-six-year-old working-class hairdresser, married to Denny and living round the corner from her family. She has enrolled on an Open University course in an attempt to discover herself and better her circumstances. Rita has realized that she is out of step with most of her family and friends as she is not prepared to settle for what she has already got.
Plot summary[ edit ] 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[ edit ] 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.Creative Team. Willy Russell (Author) – Award-winning playwright Willy Russell composed the score as well as wrote the book and lyrics for Blood Brothers.
He won the Olivier Award for Best Musical for his work on Blood Brothers, as well as Best New Play awards for Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.
Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman.
Since its London and Broadway stage debut, playwright Willy Russell's +Shirley Valentine has proven an excellent showcase for any number of talented actresses (Loretta Swit won the Sarah.
Educating Rita study guide contains a biography of Willy Russell, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. About Educating Rita Educating Rita . The adult craving for education isn't a well that film-makers visit often.
Educating Rita gave Willy Russell his finest cinematic hour. Say what you like about Kate Winslet’s concentration camp guard in The Reader, but such was her love of a good book at least she learned to caninariojana.com First Grader, set in the dusty Kenyan outback, revisits the subject, but there all similarities stop.
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