Review: Educating Rita at the Lyric Theatre
As I’ve said before, the Lyric rarely fails to impress, and Educating Rita once again doesn’t let us down.
Also as I’ve said before, I love Kerri Quinn, she lights up the stage with an abundance of talent and once again, like the Lyric, she doesn’t let us down.
Educating Rita, the classic movie with Michael Caine and Julie Walters, gets a Belfast makeover and doesn’t lose it’s sparkle.
Set in a lecturers study, Rita arrives with a passion to learn everything, she is striving to make herself a better person and have some culture. Throughout the production, she gradually leaves behind the old Rita and leaves behind that ‘uncultured’ Belfast girl. With dogged determination Rita betters her knowledge and moves on to a new level of awareness to become that person she wants to be. In the process I felt she lost all her own culture and charm. This is a role which Kerri portrays incredibly well.
In the meantime the lecturer, played by Michael James Ford, also loses himself. His troubled marriage breaks down, and as Rita quickly climbs upwards towards his literary world, he tumbles in to a life of booze and despair.
With the help of Willy Russell, who has rewritten his original script to be set in Belfast, this is a superb story of two characters in 1980 whose paths cross at a time when their lives are both changing direction.
The production marks a great start to 2016 for the Lyric theatre.
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Educating Rita by Willy Russell
Directed by Emma Jordan / Assistant Director – Oisin Kearney / Set Designer – Stuart Marshall / Costume Designer – Enda Kenny / Sound Designer – Philip Stewart / Lighting Designer – Sarah Jane Shiels