Theatre Review by John Baggaley

Educating Rita – Bolton Octagon

Saturday 4th February 2017


On the 4th February 21 members of the Theatre Group visited Bolton Octagon to see ‘Educating Rita’.

This is the story of a middle aged alcoholic university lecturer taking on an Open University student for the fees he could earn. She is a twenty-something working class Liverpool girl who feels the need for education.

He is tired of his life style and she brings a vision of life and a hunger for experience that his usual students do not show. Her speech is full of the humorous descriptions and allusions often shown by Liverpudlians. The play charts Rita’s change from inexperienced uneducated youth to thoughtful confident woman. We witness the effect she has in forcing her teacher to reassess his own life culminating in a forced move to Australia.

The set made full advantage of the audience surrounding the actors and enhanced the vision of a stick in the mud middle aged teacher.

The lecturer, Frank, was played by David Birrell and Rita was played by Jessica Baglow. Both are experienced actors on stage and television.

I found this to be a very enjoyable play as did all those I spoke to.

John Baggaley


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