Rita's Changes in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita

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Rita's Changes in Willy Russell’s Educating Rita 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. There were also chances to learn through distance learning e.g. BBC 2 programmes, TV and radio. The Open University was a huge breath of fresh air for the whole education system as it meant that nobody could be discriminated against and everyone had the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge. The OU followed a post-war philosophy that all citizens have a right of access to Higher Education. It also narrowed the borders that were up separating the middle from the working class, as now everyone was on the same level and were interacting with each other. The two main characters in this play are... ... middle of paper ... ...g 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.
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