Educating Rita by Willy Russell is a charming, funny, surprisingly-profound modern-take on the Pygmalion myth. It is the story of Rita, a young working-class woman in 1980s Liverpool, who decides that she wants to study literature: she doesn’t want to just change channels when the ballet or the opera comes on the telly and say “That’s fuckin’ rubbish”. She takes an extracurricular literature course with Frank, an embittered lecturer, as her tutor. During the course of a year, and the play, they both grow, and grow together, and grow apart. The play was originally a great success with Julie Walters in the lead role, and was made into a movie with her and Michael Caine.
Rita – Stephanie Carlson
Frank – Adrian Goldman
Directed by Hosanna Megumi
Produced by Adrian Goldman & Hosanna Megumi
Stage Manager & props – Andreas Benker
Music & sound design – Matthew Wooller
Lighting design – Timo Karppinen
Lighting operators – Katrina Goldman & Hosanna Megumi
Artwork – Yovel Sillavan
Photography – Anni Taponen, Boris Mitkov & Danielle Tait
Publicity – Zachariah Chamberlaine
With special thanks to John Bruner, Katrina Goldman, Daniel McMullen, Sami Malaska, Anna Olkinuora, Demian Stimson & Seija Siika-Goldman
PERFORMANCES at the NoName Theatre
Thurs 16 Sept at 7 pm
Fri 17 Sept at 7 pm
Sun 19 Sept at 3 pm
Sun 19 Sept at 7 pm
Mon 20 Sept at 7 pm
20€ – standard admission
Available HERE in our Holvi store.
No discounts are available due to limited capacity.
Educating Rita is presented by Passport Theatre and the Finn-Brit Players. This amateur production of Educating Rita is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
Stephanie Carlson is a US equity actor who has wished to play this part for many years; and she and Adrian Goldman formed Passport Theatre almost 10 years ago. Stephanie and Adrian have worked together on and off over more than 30 years, but this will be the first time they tread the boards together.
Hosanna Megumi, director, is a professional union actor based in Helsinki. She has directed a couple short films and has acted in TV, theatre and films. The three of them have worked together on several Passport Theatre productions since 2016.
Read all kinds of interesting things about the show on the Educating Rita blog.