Educating Rita by Willy Russell
Educating Rita is a well-loved comedy by Willy Russell which was made famous by the popular 1983 film starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
Rita is a brash, working-class hairdresser on a personal quest to educate herself for a better life. When she enrols in an Open University course she is paired with Frank, a burned-out, disillusioned professor who has become somewhat reliant on a bottle of scotch to get him through the day. Through a series of both hilarious and moving conversations, an unlikely friendship grows, with each one helping the other to rediscover their zest for life.
Having charmed Dublin audiences as Eliza Dolittle and Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’ at the Gaiety Theatre over a decade ago, actors Róisín Sullivan and Garry Mountaine reunite to present this alternative Pygmalion-inspired play; once again teaming up to interpret the characters of the knowledgeable professor and his unlikely protégé.