It won multiple major awards for best actor and best actress and was nominated for three. Not the sort of education that would get her just a better job or more pay, but an education that would open up for her a whole new world--a liberal education. One day Frank asks her to come to a dinner party Julia is giving; Rita agrees, but she does not show up. But Willy Russell's two-man show, Educating Rita, has stood the test of time and can still make audiences truly believe in the characters. Frank carries on to say it was a joke. And it is indeed the less than impeccable conduct of Frank that gives substance to the dim view that he takes of higher education. During the course of the play, Rita changes, and less verbal jokes can be made, but, we can see that Rita still shows humour when talking about Poets.
Rita can take up her Open University course, and try to change her life, precisely because the Pill has given her the control over her own fertility that Mrs Johnstone lacked. Like Rita, he was determined to become educated and so he studied for a degree with the Open University and became an educated… 1564 Words 7 Pages clash of cultures in Educating Rita? When we are first introduced to Rita she is a hairdresser. Their fight fizzles when he says he read Rubyfruit Jungle and liked it, which makes her laugh. Denny wants Rita to have a baby but Rita is on a pill to stop from having a baby, but Denny does not know about it, but then finds out later in the play. The actor playing Frank seems remarkably young to take on the role of an alcohol-soaked disillusioned middle-age lecturer with a stuttering career as a poet and a broken marriage behind him. This shows she has a lot to say. Frank's attitude towards life declines dramatically en route for the middle of the play but there is hint of improvement at the end.
Willy Russell had many cunning tricks to keep our attention throughout out the whole of the book. A skeptical view of Rita' s academic accomplishment is persistently alluded to throughout the film, not only by the noteworthy unhappiness of Frank's and Trish's lives, but also by the theme of false appearances that runs through the entire story. The spontaneous applause after each beautifully-crafted scene said this more than any words can. Something else I noticed about how Willy Russell keeps our interest is by developing the characters in the play. She enrolls in the Open University, a government program that allows non-traditional students to get the kind of higher education that used to be reserved more or less for the offspring of the upper classes, and mainly for male students at that. It needs to be made sense of in the way Socrates tried to make sense of it by his persistent questioning. Rita declines the invitation, but in essence she embraces the same idea: a new kind of existence that lies beyond the old forms of life.
However, in a scene just before Rita meets Dr. P2 I would define her in terms of her social class as a snobby person. Rita: How d'y' make a room like this? In this essay, I will focus on the characters, their motives within the plot and the setting of the play to explain how the opening scene of Educating Rita sets the scene for the rest of the play. Towards the end of the play, Frank begins to show his feelings about Rita more clearly, by inviting her out for dinner. Well she actually changed her name twice. Stuart Fox and Laura Doddington find themselves successfully filling the large shoes of various skilled actors who have played the roles of Frank and Rita before. And if Frank's poetry is indeed as bad as he says it is the viewer of the movie never gets to hear any of it , that does not necessarily mean that all poetry or all culture would be of such dubious value.
Oscar-winningly good on celluloid, it's better on the stage, and this production doesn't disappoint. After being reported for lecturing whilst drunk, Frank faces a forced two-year sabbatical in Australia. And in that sense, these two Willy Russell shows currently playing in Scotland offer some interesting contrasts, not only in style but in attitude to the people whose lives they describe. So now every day he comes and sits in his study he has something to look forward to a pretty young girl walks through his door almost every day, and eventually he becomes very proud of Rita. I wish I could talk like that. Rita comes for her lessons. At the start of the play, Frank is a more relaxed character.
We also learn a lot from the room, the fact that the room is full books shows all the knowledge that she is seeking to study but also how difficult this task will be for her. She begs Frank to keep teaching her, and to change her; she does not want to give up. Culture and education themselves would stagnate and degenerate unless subversive minds were allowed to do their work. It is a welcome way of saying good-bye to the worn-out culture for which he has no more use, and it accords with his fondness of the working-class culture that he finds more genuine than the world of the academics against which his drunken bouts are in part a rebellion. After it is done she comes in and tells him that she wanted to write something snarky on it, but ended up answering legitimately.
The idea of education that emerges from the film is one that emphasizes wonder, doubt, and critical investigation: Radical and insisting questioning is ultimately not something negative and destructive, but the very precondition of a true life. She becomes more arrogant and false in her behavior, even altering her accent to try and fit in with the middle class students. Without the humour, the play would be less accessible and would probably have reached a much more limited and elitist audience. One of the main ways he does this is through characterisation. In his mind, education and culture are not expressions of a higher or deeper wisdom anymore, but pretentious exercises in futility. Support your ideas with examples from the film and elsewhere e.
When frank finds out he is more worried about Rita then the books so now we know he has feelings for Rita. Australia is a New World. Rita had to acquire a great deal of learning before she could even begin to raise serious questions about anything. Russell uses humour as a tool to engage and entertain his audience whilst at the same time dealing with serious topics. Rita' s progress in her academic education does not come easy. This is the act in which the change in character really takes place; Rita becomes much less reliant on Frank, whereas Frank becomes totally dependant on Rita.
She asks Frank about his thoughts on the picture, and says what she herself thinks of it. She laughs that he needs a haircut but he insists he does not. Her invigorating performance sits comfortably on the shelf alongside the many recognised actresses who have played Rita over the years. And tremendous applause was the order of the day when, after two hours of intense dialogue peppered with humour and pathos, the only two cast members took an extended bow before a very appreciative very nearly full house. Bryant's mistake, not the film's. He is searching his bookshelves not for a book, for but a bottle which he duly finds behind the highly respectable Dickens. Credit lies with Willy Russell and his intelligent script.
She first changed her name to Rita because of the author of Rubyfruit Jungle called Rita Mae Brown. However, the pub which Rita enters is the Dame Tavern which is opposite The Stag's Head. It is the same with Frank, he fails to attain a sense of completeness. Rita wants to be a different person, and live an altogether different sort of life than she has lived so far. People may be passionately involved with each other and in their various pursuits, but if looked at from afar all their urgent pronouncements and activities may not have any more significance than the ephemeral performances of actors on a very temporary stage.