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Educating Rita by Willy Russell

Educating-Rita-Aust-Stage.jpgThe Depot Theatre presents
EDUCATING RITA by Willy Russell
Sometimes students end up being the best teachers.

“The Depot Theatre has continually delivered a diversity of outstanding well-rounded performances.” SYDNEY SCOOP 

The painfully funny and passionately serious contemporary classic, Educating Rita by multi-award winning UK writer Willy Russell, comes to The Depot Theatre in Marrickville for a limited two week season from 10 - 20 May 2017. This hilarious - and often moving - account of a young woman’s determination to change her life plays 8pm Wednesday to Saturday and 5pm Sunday in its first week, and 10am and 1pm Tuesday to Thurs and 8pm Friday and Saturday in its second week. 

Frank is a tutor of English whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. After weeks of cajoling, Rita slowly wins over the very hesitant Frank with her innate insight and refusal to accept no for an answer. Written in 1980 and winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Educating Rita is a small intimate play, but it tells a story of big ideas, ideas close to Willy Russell's heart. There is a lot of humour in the writing, but it is also a serious play, about class and choice.

Director: Julie Baz 
Cast: David Jeffrey and Emily McGowan
Stage Manager: Lydia Kelly 
Set Designer: David Jeffrey 
Lighting Designer: Mehran Mortezaei 
Costume & Sound Designer: Julie Baz 

Willy Russell is one of the most successful playwrights of his generation. His plays have been performed in countries across the globe and have won countless appreciation and creative awards as well as academic honours for their author. This production of Educating Rita is directed by Julie Baz, co-artistic director of The Depot Theatre, and features Depot stalwart Emily McGowan in the title role of Rita and fellow co-artistic director David Jeffrey as Frank.

The Depot Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre situated within and supported by the historic Addison Road Centre, a thriving inner west hub for culture, arts and the environment visited by over 200,000 people annually. The Depot Theatre challenges and entertains its audiences with theatre that is accessible, affordable and – most importantly – a really fun night out. 

"The Depot Theatre punches well above its weight, presenting well-produced, confidently performed shows that both entertain and inspire." WEEKEND NOTES

Season dates: 10 - 20 May 2017
Venue: The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
Days & times: Week 1: 8pm Wed-Sat, 5pm Sun. Week 2: 10am & 1pm Tues-Thurs, 8pm Fri & Sat
Running time: 120 minutes including interval
Previews: Wed 10 and Thurs 11 May 2017
Opening: 8pm Fri 12 May 2017
Tickets $32 Full | $27 Concession | $27 Groups of 10 | $22 School Students (Teachers free) | $22 Cheap Weds | $22 Previews

Info and tickets: http://thedepottheatre.com/educating-rita

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