Educating Rita

Matchbox Theatre present Educating Rita by Willy Russell
By kind permission of Samuel French

Friday 19th at 7.30pm and
Saturday 20th 2pm and 7.30pm
Arts Centre Washington
Tickets £10.00

Matchbox Theatre is pleased to announce that they have secured a Licence for three performances of Educating Rita by Willy Russell. (This play is currently on Restricted Licence due to a National Tour) Tickets for the performance are currently limited to 50 per performance due to Covid 19 restrictions so they will be allocated on a first come first served basis from The Arts Centre

This play is set in the 1980s and deals with issues that are still relevant today. Rita is a hairdresser who feels that there should be more to life than having a baby. Feeling unready to accept the fate she embarks upon an Open University course. In doing so she meets her professor Frank, a failed poet who has turned to alcohol. But Frank is injected with a new zest for life when meeting Rita and her unconventional ideas. Rita’s feels her pursuit of an education alienates her from her social class. Frank’s worries and drinking problems eventually starves her of that original charm that caught his attention in the first place. This is a funny, witty and charming play with many laugh-out- loud moments juxtaposed with emotional poignant and heart wrenching moments. It is a play about a difficult social transition. The action takes place in Franks Office over a one year period charting their relationship and that or their immediate family and friends.