Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Review: Warton Drama Group's 'Educating Rita'

Educating Rita written by Willy Russell
Presented by Warton Drama Group
at Warton Village Hall
7.30pm, Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 March 2015
All tickets  £8.
Available from Warton Post Office 01524 73285
Reviewed by Moira Hallam

Warton Drama Group has done it again. The high standards it demands of its amateur productions are reflected in this well executed production of Willy Russell’s hilarious award winning play.

It is thirty-five years since the tale of the hairdresser turned student was first performed at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. Benita Finch  (also the director) delivers Rita’s wonderful one-liners in a perfect scouse accent with brilliant timing. Emotion and pathos are palpable.

The ‘thirsty’ tutor, Frank, is played by Steve Pollard. He captures the academic’s disdain of the education system and his protective instinct towards Rita in her quest for knowledge.

The play is set in Frank’s study, which enhances the intimacy between the two characters. Scenes are well defined by an interesting selection of soundtracks any music buff will enjoy.

The need for a few first night prompts did not distract the audience. That this is an amateur production at all is remarkable as the roles are huge. Both actors must be congratulated on the professional approach to their performances.

Warton are lucky to have this sixty-seat theatre in their village.

Tickets are available from Warton Post Office or on the door. Be quick though, when word gets round there won’t be many left.

Moira Hallam

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