Educating Rita

Autumn 1984

Educating Rita - by Willy Russell
Performed -  Autumn 1984 at Blackfriars Theatre

Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is hungry for education. 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.


In order of appearance, actors names on right:

Frank - John Lingard
Rita - Frances Sabey

Production Team

Director - Wendy McDonnell
Stage Manager - Colin McDonnell
Set Design - Colin McDonnell
Set Construction - Stephen Grist assisted by members of the society
Stage Furnishings - Trevor Howsam, Janet Leaper
Properties - Trevor Howsam, Janet Leaper
Lighting - Chris Smith
Sound - John Binks
Prompter - Angie Brown
Front of House Manager - Ken Lancaster