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Imagine you are directing a stage performance of “Educating Rita.”

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English Literature Coursework Twentieth Century Drama Assignment. Imagine you are directing a stage performance of "Educating Rita." From the beginning of the play I want you to be chatty, I want you to look happy and move around a lot. Although the moving about should indicate that you are nervous you should also seem happy and friendly. You should look like you have really made an effort, which should suggest that you are really determined. The first impression should show the audience your character and what you are like. In the first scene when you meet Frank your accent is broad; you use colloquial words. When Frank tells you to come in you reply, "I'm comin' in, aren't I? Its that stupid bleedin' handle on the door." This shows the audience that you are from a working class background. Although in the beginning you are intelligent and inquisitive you are not educated. During the play your use of language and vocabulary changes, you say words like "crap", "Junk" and "bleedin" these words are all colloquial. This changes; at the end of the play when you have been educated you don't use these words as much. You say "I don't want to talk about irrelevant rubbish anymore." At the end you use longer words, not just slang, words that you wouldn't normally say like "pretentious" which shows being educated has changed you. ...read more.


Your dress sense also changes during the play. When you first meet Frank you should look like you have really made an effort but in a common way, you should wear maybe a short skirt and a brightly coloured low top with high-healed shoes. Although this dress sense to the audience may look common and a bit townie (for example bright makeup you and coloured hair) you think that it is what you should wear to make a good first impression. When Frank invites you to a dinner you get dressed up in the same way but when you arrive your face drops as you see the other people wearing different things. "I'll get a proper dress, the sort of dress you'd only see on an educated woman." This shows you have realised what the educated people wear and that you are different. Nearing the end of the play after you have been away to study, your dress sense changes drastically and you wear casual clothes that look effective and smart. The relationship between you and Frank is very strong at first, You and Frank often have a heart to heart he tells you things that he doesn't want to be mentioned anywhere else, as do you. This shows that you both trust and respect each other. He tells you things like this "Between you, me and the walls, I'm actually an appalling teacher." ...read more.


The play also shows us what life is like around the university, it is very different, and people have their own opinions and are allowed to put their ideas across. At the end of the play it is clear that your life has one significant change in particular. In the last scene Frank asks you if you want to go to Australia with him, you tell him that people have asked you to do other things, you go on to say, "I might go to France. I might go to me mother's. I might even have a baby. I dunno. I'll make a decision, ill chose. I dunno. This is that you have choices, you have freedom to do what you want, now you are educated there are many options for you. If I were to add music I would have to think about the mood of the scene and what you or Frank would be saying, for example if you were arguing showing that you have changed and Frank doesn't like it or it was a quite upsetting scene, for example the scene where you go to Franks house for a meal and look through the window and see how the other people are dressed and you feel out of place, I would use soft piano music, whereas in a scene where you are happy and jolly or in a busy scene I would use faster music maybe typical 1980's pop music, this could be in first act1 scene1 where you just meet and the scene and atmosphere is being set. ...read more.

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