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Educating Rita - The scene where Rita shows the most change

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Show how Rita changes in Willy Russell's Educating Rita. Choose the scene in which you can see the most changes and explain how you would direct it. The story of 'Educating Rita' by Willy Russell is set in Liverpool in the 60s. At this time working class people did not usually stay in at school later than the age of 15. This lead to talent being wasted and many people leaving school with no qualifications. This applied even more to the women of this time as many of them were expected to simply get married and become baby machines and then perhaps get a part time job. The Open University (OU) was the University that gave these people another chance at education as you need no formal qualifications to study there. People who enrolled into this university would typically be people who, would have left school at the age of 15 and maybe hadn't taken their education seriously the first time round. The Open University functioned by giving their students personal tutors who would usually teach in the evenings as most of the students would be working as well as studying. The OU also organised summer school trips and set students assignments. ...read more.

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There is an obvious sense that Rita feels she has accomplished something great and is very proud of herself. She recalls one particular event when she stood up in lecture hall in front of two thousand people and asked a question about the literature they were studying. She is very excited as she remembers this experience and tells Frank the details with huge enthusiasm. The audience are reminded of Rita's character when Frank goes on to ask Rita what the question she asked was, and she replies by saying, "Oh, I dunno, I forget now... It was probably about Chekhov cos y' know I'm dead familiar with Chekhov now." This to me, symbolizes a change in Rita's outlook as a few months ago her attitude probably would have been, 'Chek-who?' I believe this passage also indicates the extent to which Rita hasn't changed for example, her not being able to remember what her question was exactly about, just the fact she had the courage to ask. The way she recalls this is almost like a child reporting what they have done at school with an exciting, innocent pride. In this instance, I think Frank acts as a father figure to Rita, sharing her exhilaration and understanding her accomplishment. ...read more.

Conclusion

The scene I have chosen is the first of the second act so there will be an interval before this scene. There are also clues in the script that Frank and Rita are meeting after a while for example when Rita says, "God has it really been that long since I've seen y', Frank?" The set of Educating Rita is very restricting in the sense that there are only two characters and one setting, but is also very broad in the sense that we have two hours to tell a story and delve so deep into the characters of Frank and Rita and their chaotic relationship, that the audience care for them and are hooked. I will have a spotlight on Rita as she recites the Blake poem and regard this as the climax of the scene. I think Rita should address the audience at this point as if in a monologue type speech to show that Rita is on top of the world when she is in her creative bubble. The audience that has been following her story so far will find this moment heart-warming and may even be able to relate to the feelings of delight and pride she will convey. I want this scene to mark and embrace the beginning of everything Rita has been and is to become. ?? ?? ?? ?? Aisha Mirza ...read more.

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