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Educating Rita At The SJT
Andrew Liddle, Features Writer
As funding cuts once again threaten the very existence of the Open University, a brand new production of Educating Rita, a play about a Liverpool hairdresser who seeks to educate herself through the Open University, is heading to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre.

A witty exploration of class, privilege and the power of literature, it is from the pen of Liverpool playwright Willy Russell, himself a former hairdresser. It was filmed famously in 1983, starring Michael Caine and Julia Walters.

It is a story which is as relevant today as when Russell wrote it. Eager to escape the trivial conversations at work, Rita (Lauryn Redding) enrols on an O.U. course and meets tutor Frank (Andrew Pollard), a frustrated poet, tutor who drinks too much.

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Taking her under his wing, he attempts to guide her on a journey of self-discovery and learning. Driven to succeed, Rita challenges the stereotypes of the class and education system that have held her back, confounding everyone’s expectations – including her own.

The show is the first co-production from The Dukes, Lancaster, and the New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and a highlight of Dukes’ new Artistic Director Sarah Punshon’s first spring season.

Educating Rita can be seen at the SJT on Wednesday 9 May at 7.30pm, Thursday 10 May at 1.30pm and 7pm, Friday 11 May at 7.30pm, and Saturday 12 May at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced from £10, and can be booked at the box office on 01723 370541 or via the website: www.sjt.uk.com

Educating Rita At The SJT, 12th April 2018, 22:06 PM