Essay on Educating Rita by Willy Russell

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Educating Rita by Willy Russell "Educating Rita", is a two-handed play which only has two characters and one set. "Educating Rita" was written in 1985 by Willy Russell, it looks at how the relationship between two people, Rita and Frank, develops as the play goes on. "Educating Rita" is the story of Rita, a hairdresser who decides to go to University in order to discover who she really is. When she arrives at University she meets Frank, a lazy alcoholic who doesn't really care about being a University lecturer. At first, Frank refuses to teach Rita but he soon finds he has a soft spot for Rita and decides to teach her everything he knows about English Literature. I will be analysing the…show more content…
That particular scene emphasised how their relationship was progressing and would not have been highlighted as much if there were more characters in the play. Another benefit of having a two-handed play is, as an audience we can concentrate particularly on just the two main characters, even though we are told of others. As a result, we aren't distracted by insignificant characters or minor concerns, this would only confuse the audience about what is going on in the play. There are many characters that are mentioned in the play by Frank and Rita that we don't hear any dialogue from. For example, we hear about Denny, Rita's husband, about Julia, Frank's partner, and about Trish, Rita's flatmate, who attempts to kill herself. The financial and logistical implications are also a benefit for "Educating Rita" being a two-handed play because, as there is only one set used in the whole play, therefore, the play is cheaper to stage as they don't have to pay for another set to be built or rented. Also more money is saved from the play's budget as the director only has to pay the wages of two characters. More benefits of "Educating Rita" being a two-handed play are that minor characters or concerns in the play do not distract the audience, therefore they can focus all their
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