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Educating Rita (1989)

Educating Rita
Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Jean Franks
20 – 25 February 1989

Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and to bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Their relationship as teacher and student blossoms, ultimately giving Frank a new sense of self and Rita the knowledge she so craves. The play became a hit film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.


Frank – Maurice Tripp
Rita – Catherine Bateman


Set Design – Maurice Tripp
Stage Manager – David Tallowin
Set Builder – David Tallowin and Co.
Assistant Stage Manager – Margaret Baird
Properties – Molly Pritchard, Jacqueline Medhurst, Hilary Medhurst, Barbara Brookes
Lighting – Alan Hunt
Sound – Tom Bramall