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21 March 2017 - 25 March 2017
 
 
 
Lyric Theatre Belfast presents
Educating Rita
By Willy Russell
 
Directed by Emma Jordan; Starring Michael James Ford and Kerri Quinn
 
The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
21st March – 25th March 2017
 
**** “Thought-provoking and multi-layered”
Irish Times
 
**** “ invigorating …. a thought-provoking examination of social class”
Sunday Business Post
 
***** “Funny and poignant”
The Reviews Hub
 
**** “The perfect balance of humour and poignancy”
Belfast Live
 
“Kerri Quinn is a revelation”
 Irish News
 
“Michael James Ford is mood-perfect”
 Irish Independent
 
Following its record-breaking run at the Lyric Theatre Belfast in 2016, this re-imagined production of Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy embarks on a tour of Ireland in 2017 with its original cast Kerri Quinn (Rita) and Michael James Ford (Frank). The production will tour around the nation to 7 venues including The Gaiety Theatre this spring.
 
They expect too much.  They walk into the hairdressers and expect to walk out an hour later as a different person.  I tell them, I’m just a hairdresser, not a plastic surgeon.  See, most of them, that’s why they come to the hairdressers - because they want to be changed.  But if you wanna change you have to do it from the inside don’t you?  Know like I’m doin’....tryin’ to do.  Do you think I will?  Think I’ll be able to do it?”
 
It’s 1980, and Susan ‘Rita’ White has decided it’s time for a change.
 
A wise-cracking, no-nonsense hairdresser from the working-class streets of Belfast, Rita is tired of her job, her prospects, her husband, her life.  She wants to be the sort of woman who knows the difference between Shaw’s Bridge and George Bernard Shaw, and so enrolls in an Open Learning course in English Literature where she meets her tutor Frank - a lecturer from North Down who teaches at Queen’s - and begins her journey of self-discovery.
 
Frank has his problems too.  Divorced, an alcoholic, and sick to the back teeth of the pretensions of academic life, Frank finds Rita’s enthusiasm for learning and down-to-earth attitude refreshing.   Frank and Rita make an unlikely pair, but could they really show each other a way to a better future?
“Educating Rita has a nice balance between comedy and social depth. It’s got a lot of heart and soul to it." Emma Jordan , Director
 
Additional reviews for Educating Rita
 
**** “Emma Jordan directs with characteristically quiet ferocity”
 The Stage
 
“A fantastic production…both leads are extraordinary”
Culture NI
 
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Booking Information
 
The Gaiety Theatre, South King Street, Dublin 2
21  – 25 March 2016 at 7.30pm (Saturday matinee at 2:30pm)
 
Act one: 1 hour 15mins (approx.)
Act two: 47mins (approx.)
 
 
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