Premiering in 1980, Educating Rita has delighted audiences young and old alike, quickly becoming a classic. It is universal in its themes as though it was written only yesterday, yet it still offers comedic relief.
Frank is a cynical, burnt-out English professor who drinks far too much whiskey. Rita is a hairdresser and a bit naive. She has, however, a wonderful and indeed desperate thirst for knowledge and she chooses Frank of all people to introduce her to culture.
Frank soon discovers that Rita has a lot more common sense than the so-called educated class within which he moves. He begins to fall in love with Rita for her zest for life, her almost childlike qualities and her simple, natural intelligence. Two very different worlds then collide, merging to produce a charming human comedy.
Educating Rita is on Thursday, October 13, at 7.30pm. It contains strong language and is recommended for people 15 years and older. Tickets: members $46/full $52/concession $49/groups of 10 or more $49. To buy, phone 9784 1060; for pre-show dining, phone 9784 1074.
FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE
A: cnr Davey and Young streets
T: 9784 1060