At the Immanuel-Kant-Schule it has become a tradition for our 12th grade students to watch a play as part of the semester topic “Experiencing Literature and the Arts” at the English Theatre in Hamburg. This year’s performance of Willy Russell’s drama Educating Rita on March 1, 2016 was prepared in class prior to the visit. Here is what a student had to say about it:
Educating Rita is a romantic comedy. In the play, written by Willy Russell in 1980, Rita White, a young Liverpool hairdresser, enrolls for a course to study literature at an Open University. The play shows that you are never too old to study and also that all people are equal and have their problems. The play was an enjoyable experience because there are only two characters acting on stage which makes it different from other plays.
The set is a simple office in a university in the style of the 1970s. The props are mostly books but also some bottles of alcohol. It shows the monotonous workplace of Frank, a professor at the university, whose task it is to teach Rita. The props already point out that he has an alcohol problem.
Both characters live through several changes over the course of the play and sometimes the question is who is teaching whom because both characters learn a lot through the meetings.
Even if the play sometimes is not so interesting for people our age, the actors do a great job, and in general the whole audience would agree that the play is a great choice for a day in the theatre for students our age.
Marcel Schultz, 12b