Rita a twenty six-year-old hairdresser, signs up for an Open University course because she is eager to learn and discover what the educated life style has to offer. Dr Frank Bryant is an unsuccessful middle-aged academic with a drinking problem who has no experience in teaching working-class students, but who takes on the role as her tutor to pay for his drink. Eventually, Rita's desire to become educated leads to her being shunned by the working class and eventually she becomes accepted by the erudite classes, but as her personality changes, she is certainly no longer the humble woman that originally walked into Franks office and he starts to resent her pompous and arrogant attitude, leading to a breakdown in their relationship.
The annual Mid Sussex Newspaper Awards
Pippa Jones for Best Actress
Geoff Twyman for Set Design
See the Press Cuttings below.
Playwright: Willy Russell
Genre: comedy Drama
Staged: The Theatre, Church Walk, Burgess Hill
Directed by: Kenneth Guest & Jo White
Production Date: April 2000
BHTC Production Number: 211
Programme, Press Cuttings & Press Award
Bob Awcock, Keith Griffiths, Derek McLean, Andy Hall, John Uwins, Steve Pavey & Geoff Twyman
Steve Pavey & Tim Kendell
Jim Wilson, Bob Greenyer &