Educating Rita – Lyric Theatre – Review

I recently reviewed Educating Rita at the Lyric Theatre Belfast for No More Workhorse. It’s a fantastic show and well worth a visit if you are in Belfast over the next few weeks.

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Educating Rita – Lyric Theatre, Belfast – Review by Cathy Brown

Until March 5th.

It has been over 30 years since Willy Russell wrote Educating Rita, the tale of a young brash hairdresser desperate to change her life through education with the help of her drunken, shambling tutor.

For this production at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, the setting has been transposed, in collaboration with Russell, from 1980s Liverpool to 1980s Belfast, where the hunger strikes and threats of violence loom large over people’s lives. The relocation works well, the Liverpudlian vernacular and black humour being a good match for Northern Ireland and the story of a woman trying to break the conventions of society and forge a better life for herself given an edge due to political upheaval.

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