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Community Level 3Chuckie8766

Chuckie8766

Bleedin Forster He Dunt Alf Get On My Tits

AdvantagesGreat funny dramatic piece, only has two main characters, shows life as it really is for some people

DisadvantagesHard to understand the Liverpudlian accent in some places, is more suited to older readers

"...famous Liverpudlian playwright, Willy Russell, Educating Rita is a "must read" play for every drama student. (It is a modern fictitious play recommended for fourteen to eighteen year olds of all reading abilities). (Some of Willy Russell’s other works include Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers, Our Day Out and Stags And Hens.) ---INTRODUCTION--- Educating Rita was first written and performed in the 1980s. The play is actually set in the year ..." Read review
07.02.2001

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Community Level 3katiefletc...

katiefletcher

Not a classic by any account

AdvantagesGot me good grades

DisadvantagesBored me to death (practically)

"How can a book like Educating Rita end up on my GCSE syllabus? Not only have we watched the dreadful film, with the attrocious music and acting, but we also had to pick our way through the book. I must say that this play alone is making my life so dull it's unbelievable. The story tells of a young woman born into a working class environment. She feels that simply completing one course at the open university will move her up to middle class. It's ludicrous. ..." Read review
19.10.2000

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Community Level 2danzo

danzo

a great read!!

Advantagesgreat play, a good read

Disadvantageshad to do it for my coursework so i have read it too many times.

"...wrote this play. He wrote Educating Rita in 1979. The play is set in a book-lined study within a university in Northern England. This university runs an open university. In this play Willy Russell has created a unity of place, which means there is only one stage set in the entire play, which is Frank’s study. This makes the play easier to understand because you learn a lot more about each character and their personalities. There are only two characters ..." Read review
26.03.2004

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Community Level 4laura2310

laura2310

An education is for life, not just for christmas.

AdvantagesGreat characters - very 'real'

DisadvantagesNot great if you don't like reading?

"Willy Russell is a playwright from Liverrpool, England. He grew up in a poor council estate and did not enjoy school. He became a ladies hairdresser after leaving education. He later returned to education and trained to become a lecturer while writing in his spare time. Educating Rita is set in 1980's Liverpool and stars Rita, a twenty six year old hairdresser, and Frank, a University lecturer in his fifties. The play follows Rita's experience ..." Read review
07.08.2009

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Community Level 1tbreeze

tbreeze

Excellent piece of theatre

AdvantagesExcellent as a performance piece

DisadvantagesNot a play just to be read

"Willy Russell's "Educating Rita" is a wonderful play - but frequently misunderstood. It is essentially a play to be watched, not read. Whether it was Russell's intention or not, most of the entertainment comes from good portrayal of the characters, rather than from what they say alone. As a play with a moral, it is superb. Russell's attack on the education system, as well as the ignorance of the individual, as opposed to that of the lower classes ..." Read review
11.07.2000

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Community Level 2dodgeinator

dodgeinator

Educating Rita

AdvantagesA great two hander play loved by many

DisadvantagesMeaning is quite deep and may be difficualt to understand

"A classic play, which underlines the principles of classes of classes. The protagonists in this two hander play are Rita is a stereotypical hair dresser who longs for change to become Middle Class and Frank who is a University Proffesor with PHD, yet also an alcoholic. In order to start a better life, Rita decides to join the open university. For those of you who do not know in the 70's it was very rare for someone to go to university and only 5% ..." Read review
07.11.2007

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Community Level 1nosignaluk

Quick review of Educating Rita - Willy Russell

"A Classic Two Hander Play with two stereotypical polar opposite, protagonists both longing for each others life style, Frank and Rita.
14.11.2007

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Community Level 1hevvayates

hevvayates

Educating Rita

AdvantagesHilarious and tragic

DisadvantagesOnly two characters on stage - have to be amazing actors to pull it off!

"I have taught this play for over ten years and still find it both hilarious and thought provoking. My students also love it - especially when their teacher has to swear in the reading of it! The characters are full and completely believeable - the maverick, jaundiced Frank and the naive, ebullient Rita. An audience can feel sympathy and frustration in equal measure for the tutor and hairdresser who are thrown together in order to educate Rita. The ..." Read review
17.06.2008

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Community Level 1raimbow

raimbow

worth a read

Advantagesinteresting and thought provoking

Disadvantagessome narrow minded peole think its boring

"i have just completed reading educating rita for my GCSE course work. i have to say at first i was a bit dubious about it, what with it only having two charactors and just one set. it depends what frame of mind you approach it with though as it is a good read, it is thought provoking. the thing is though if you think it's boring then it will come across as boring as some people do think that it is boring, it's only as boring as you want it to be. ..." Read review
26.10.2000

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Community Level 2CarpeDiem

CarpeDiem

Dull and unfunny

AdvantagesNothing

DisadvantagesUnfunny, pitiful

"This play won the 1980 comic play award. With this in mind, you may be expecting something vaguely funny. Cast that thought from your mind. The jokes are feeble, and mainly to do with Rita's lower-class accent. Although this play is short, about 80 pages, it really is not funny. The story is of Rita, the lower-class hairdresser, who wants to become educated to escape social conventions. She joins the OU and meets Frank, the alcoholic tutor, ..." Read review
08.07.2000

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Community Level 1Luke1212

Luke1212

Educating Rita

AdvantagesVery good 2 person play, Fun characters,

DisadvantagesLacks some depth

"Upon hearing the outline of this book from english lit teacher i was dreading reading it, she summed it up in a few words "Its 2 characters frank and rita, in one room, Franks office" we were all hanging on her last words to wait for her to continue but she didnt. The plot is simple, Rita a liverpudlian and wife to a layout idiot feels her family all see her as lazy and stupid. Her family are happy with the unfullfilled life they live sitting in ..." Read review
21.05.2007

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Community Level 1Lea07x

Lea07x

Educating Rita

AdvantagesSuperbly written

DisadvantagesCan be a bit hard to understand to some people

"...say that they cannot understand educating rita as the language is too hard to understand but most people in my class including me understood the language. Educating rita is all about two characters; Frank And Rita , The play only has these two characters all the way through in one room - the tutorial room (Frank's ofifce). Frank is an old tutor in about his middle 40s and rita is 26 but even though there is an age difference they have a great ..." Read review
01.06.2007

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Community Level 1carryon

carryon

a classic piece of literature!

AdvantagesFantastic characters, uplifting story

DisadvantagesContains a lot of literary references that may be lost

"I would definately recommend this text for anyone who enjoys deep and wonderful characters. There are some very sad and emotional elements to this story, but in general it is wonderful to see these two characters helping each other. Their lives apart and quite depressing, but when they come together, there is a lot of humour a real connection between them. Due to the fact that it is based on Rita's education on literature, there were a few references ..." Read review
22.10.2006

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