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Eduacting Rita

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Choose at least two scenes form the play which show how Rita changes as the play progresses. Explain how you would direct an actress playing Rita in these scenes to highlight these changes. The first scene i have chosen to direct is Act 1 Scene 1. This is important because this is where Rita and Frank first meet. The audience sees Rita as a nervous teenager even though she is actually 26 who like's to talk, she is very fidgety. For some reason Rita wants to know everything about frank like his love life ect. An actress playing Rita in this scene would need to have a scouse accents, and would have to look like a chav. She would have to always smile. I would suggest that the actress wears an old dress, old enough that the audience can tell she's poor. ...read more.

Middle

The second scene that I have chosen to direct is Act 1 Scene 6. This scene differs from Act 1Scene 1 because in Act 1 Scene 1 Rita is a teen and doesn't enjoy the company of highly educated people where as in scene 6 Rita is more educated therefore enjoys conversation with more educated people. The audience now sees Rita as a more educated woman. An actress playing Rita in this scene would need to be a woman who looks confused as if they are stuck in the middle of two decisions i would suggest that the actress continues to wear the same dress as in Act 1 Scene 1 because she still hasn't brought a new dress. The actress' movement and gestures in this scene needs to be very snobbish because Rita is trying to be more educated yet doesn't understand what being educated really means. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another key moment in this scene is when Frank says "I want you to come to the house" because in a way he is trying to be nice. However also knows its going to cause trouble. At this point I would like the actress to act surprised. This is important because if she doesn't look surprised she will look like she is an educated woman which she isn't quite there yet. The final scene that I have chosen to direct is Act 2 Scene 7. This scene differs from Act 1 Scene 6 because Rita is now fully educated and knows what being educated means. The audience now sees Rita as an educated woman instead of a nervous teenage girl. An actress playing Rita in this scene would need to be more educated more educated and will show her intelligence. I would suggest that the actress now wears a new dress which she thinks makes her look educated because ...read more.

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