• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In what ways is Educating Rita effective as a play?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In what ways is "Educating Rita" effective as a play? 'Educating Rita" is dramatically effective in many ways. It is also recognised as an exceptional play; it was voted "Best comedy of the year" when performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980, and just three years after release, it had become the fourth most popular play in Britain. There are obviously factors which make it so effective, and I intend to explore these factors. Throughout the play, there are only two characters: this is known as a two-hander. Other characters are only mentioned in the play, but in the film have been cast as parts. It worked well for the film, but I think it lost the closeness which plays such an important part in the theatre. Some people would find this to be tedious, but I think it adds to the intensity and intimacy between the audience and the characters. There is a focus on the two characters which means that the audience can appreciate the relationship between Rita and Frank which is emphasised more than it would be with other characters, and would notice any subtle changes that occur in the play. ...read more.

Middle

Frank is glancing at his watch and is clearly agitated - we can see that Rita is late and we wonder if she might not be coming. He then notices the door handle being turned and, thinking that she is stuck on the other side of the door, he opens it for her and discovers her on the other side with an oilcan, oiling the handle. This shows her outgoing, confident personality, and also her shrewdness: from just one meeting, she knows enough about Frank to realise that he wouldn't have fixed the door since last week. In the second act, the scenes tend to finish more with poignant moments, such as the conversations Frank and Rita had at the end of Act II, Scene 4: - "I understand now, Frank; I know the difference between-between-Somerset Maugham an' Harold Robbins. An' you're still treating me as though I'm hung up on 'Rubyfruit Jungle'. Just... You understand, don't you Frank?" - "Entirely, my dear." - "I'm sorry." - "Not at all. I got around to reading it, you know, 'Rubyfruit Jungle. It's excellent." - "Oh go way, Frank. Of its type it's quite interesting. ...read more.

Conclusion

In criticism sentiment has no place. Rita's speech is colloquial, informal, but very lively, vibrant and entertaining: RITA It's crap because the feller who wrote it was a louse. Because halfway through that book I couldn't go on reading it because he, Mr Bleedin' E. M. Forster says, quote "We are not concerned with the poor" unquote. That's why it's crap. And that's why I didn't go on reading it, that's why. As the play progresses, the speech reverses as Rita picks up expressions and the language for discussing literature and literary criticism, and Frank's speech becomes more informal when he is talking to Rita. We do not know whether he uses the same speech for talking to others, as we only see him with Rita. A good example of this is when Rita is discussing Frank's poetry: FRANK Just think if I'd let you see it when you first came here. RITA I know. . . I wouldn't have understood it, Frank. FRANK You would have thrown it across the room and dismissed it as a piece of shit, wouldn't you? RITA I know. . . But I couldn't have understood it then, Frank, because I wouldn't have been able to recognise and understand the allusions. All these points make 'Educating Rita' dramatically effective as a play. Catherine Young, 10RR ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Educating Rita section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Educating Rita essays

  1. Educating Rita' shows how a comedy can raise serious issues. Discuss

    Denny obviously sees her studies as a distraction from and competitor to his desire to have a baby. The linkage is made humorously when Denny burns books after discovering that she is still taking the pill. To Denny Rita's neglect of home and family for an education is a betrayal.

  2. How does Russell use the opening scene to prepare the audience for the rest ...

    she is happy, and has lost the insecurities she had at the beginning of the play where she would "Only talk this much cause I'm nervous". Rita's personal needs finally take over, and she makes herself happy and comfortable by finally separating with Denny and leaving the hairdressers for a job in a bistro.

  1. Discuss the ways in which Russell's vision for 'Educating Rita' is a humorous one. ...

    For example, at the start of the play the stage directions "[noticing the picture...she goes up to it]" and "[coming back to the desk...inspecting a bookcase]" suggest that Rita is constantly moving around, highlighting her restlessness. This is humorous because it is not the usual way in which an audience would expect a university student to behave.

  2. Educating Rita is a funny play dealing with serious issues - How far do ...

    She also went to a University Summer School for further awareness. In addition I will write about self-esteem. Frank's self-esteem is very low throughout the whole play whilst we only see signs of low self esteem in Rita once. This is when she is telling Frank why she didn't go to his party.

  1. 'Sara has got cobwebs between her knees,' said Frank Patel, one night.

    The second the film finished I shot up. 'Thanks a lot, must go.' Before I left I had to shake hands with Grandad, have a second interview with Frank's mum and then Frank and I were tactfully left alone in the hallway.

  2. Educating Rita - Select the three scenes you find the most powerful and poignant ...

    An' I stood in the pub an' thought, just what the frig am I trying to do? Why don't I just pack it in an' stay with them an' join the singin'?' Frank- 'And why don't you?' In earlier parts of the play, Frank would probably have meant this literally

  1. Explain the advantages of the film 'Educating Rita' over the play in putting across ...

    A film can edit out gaps so the viewers don't get bored, cutting out all distractions in the process of filming. An example where the film has used shots and scenes the play couldn't do is when Rita is on a bus talking to another student then the camera changes

  2. Billy Liar - In this play how is Billy presented?

    From Billy's grandmother we can see that Billy has no respect for his elders, not even inside his own family. As we get into the play, Billy's standards become apparent as he prepared to see his best friend covering his shift at work because he could not be bothered turning up on a Saturday morning.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work