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"Educating Rita" - funny, moving and poignant.
on 28 January 2000
"Educating Rita" is the story of an intelligent but uneducated woman who, in her mid-twenties, decides there must be something more to life than hairdressing, marriage and babies. She joins an Open University course on English Literature and meets her tutor, the disenchanted and alcoholic Frank. For Frank, Rita is a breath of fresh air in his jaded existence and he does not want her ever to change. But Rita wants to change, she wants an education, she wants choices in her life and it is Frank's job to supply her needs. Funny, sad and poignant by turns, we follow Rita's relationship with Frank as her education progresses. We see her enter the limbo-world of the educated working class woman; she no longer seems to belong anywhere, too bright for her own former life and too "common" for the intellectual ivory towers of acadaemia. And as for Frank, well, she has a few home-truths to tell him before the end of the day. This is a wonderful play of comic quip and heartrending pathos. Not to be missed!