Red Tree Theatre - Educating Rita

Educating Rita

Presented by Red Tree Theatre

Educating Rita is a witty yet poignant look at a working class woman's attempts to change her social circumstances through pursuit of an Open University qualification.
by Willy Russell
Directed by (award-winning director) Joshua Maxwell

Educating Rita is a play written by Willy Russell in 1980. The play tells the story of Rita, a working-class hairdresser, who is eager to improve her life by obtaining an education. She signs up for an Open University course in English literature and is assigned to Frank, an alcoholic and disillusioned university tutor.

The play explores the relationship between Rita and Frank as they navigate through Rita's journey of self-discovery and education.
As Rita's knowledge and understanding of literature and the world around her grows, she begins to question her relationship with her husband, her friends, and her social class. Frank, on the other hand, is inspired by Rita's enthusiasm and starts to re-evaluate his own life and choices.

The play is a witty and thought-provoking exploration of the value of education, the complexity of human relationships and the search for identity.
The characters are relatable and the dialogue is sharp and funny. The play is set in a small study room and the audience is able to witness the evolution of Rita and Frank's relationship, as well as the changes in Rita's personality and perspective.

Educating Rita is a classic play that has been performed and adapted for stage, film, and radio.
It's a play that appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds and continues to be a popular and well-regarded work of contemporary theatre.


Izzy O'Brien
John Czerniecki

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Thu, 9th to 11th February

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25% Capacity Already Booked

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Thursday, 9th February at 7:30pm Thu, 9th Feb 7:30pm
Red Tree Theatre, Tuggerah
Saturday, 11th February at 2:00pm Sat, 11th Feb 2:00pm
Red Tree Theatre, Tuggerah
Saturday, 11th February at 7:30pm Sat, 11th Feb 7:30pm
Red Tree Theatre, Tuggerah
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Thursday, 11:00 ~ 14:00
Friday, 11:00 ~ 14:00


4 Shows
2 hours
In Person
Drama, Comedy
Liverpool, England, 1980s

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Change of director. This show was originally billed as directed by Daniel Craig. Recent posting by Red Tree Theatre now credit Joshua Maxwell as the director.
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 by Coast B | Red Tree Theatre

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