Educating Rita

Educating Rita

October 11, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Obviously it’s an iconic 70s and 80s world really from when the play was written and then obviously the famous Julie Walters film and we’ve relocated it to Durham University and Rita’s from the North East. And it, I think, it was great that Willy Russell gave us permission to do that because it’s the first time that it’s not been set in Liverpool. She’s a working class lass and it’s about a bit soul searching for so through education. So she goes to Frank who’s the tutor on her Open University course and and she finds more than education. It’s a beautiful theatre for a start and it’s a lovely set and it looks beautiful it’s a it’s a very it’s a classic show done really with with a with a view to highlighting the comedy. So I think it would appeal to pretty much anybody because it’s funny but it’s also got a serious side to it which everyone can relate to I think because it’s about the relationship fundamentally and we all have those. I remember the film obviously everybody does – it’s Julie Walters. Big shoes to fill but I always said that I wasn’t going to try and fill them it’s trying to put your own mark on it which is so difficult because its, well, its Julie Walters. Yeah, so I’m a bit in awe of it to be honest with you it’s it’s it’s a classic of the British classic from from my generation as well. It’s a beautiful piece you know it’s about giving a woman a voice and that’s a lot to do with the work that I’ve I still do now. The fact that it’s set now rather than when it was written in the seventies I think is interesting because the issues that he was writing about, the struggles of working-class people to get an education I still current. I think it’s not been done before where Rita is not Liverpudlian so I think to have her from Newcastle I think the accent works beautifully and so it’s actually quite hard to imagine it done in a Liverpool accent now. It’s a brilliantly accessible play I think because there’s there’ll be a world of people who know it from the film and from the original and from the Michael Caine and Julie Walters interpretation of it and I think those people that come will find something new and interesting in this world. And then of people who’ve never seen it and don’t know the play come, it’s witty and it’s it’s fast-paced and you really get to spend time with these two characters and build a relationship with them as they build a relationship with each other. And I think the arc of the of the play and the journey of those characters from where they start where they end up is really really human and really kind of emotional. So I hope that it appeals to lots of different people and especially people that are from here because our Rita is born and bred and think there’s something interesting in that as well.