In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an open university and has tutorial with the middle-aged Dr. Frank Bryant that is an alcoholic and deluded professor from the upper-class without self-esteem. Frank lives with the also Professor Julia and they have a loveless relationship; Julia has a love affair with the dean Brian. The amusing Rita gives motivation to Frank to prepare her for the exams to join the university while she leaves Denny and moves to the house of the waitress Trish, who loves Gustav Mahler and is a cult woman. Will she succeed in the exams? Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
From the writer of Shirley Valentine.
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Did You Know?
Author and academic Geoffrey Sampson, Professor of Natural Language Computing in the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex, has stated that the title of his book "Educating Eve: The 'Language Instinct' Debate" (1997) is a deliberate allusion to "Educating Rita", and utilizes the story-line of Willy Russell
's "Educating Rita" source stage play to argue his thesis. See more
O.U. students do not enjoy one to one tutorials with a professor. See more
[Frank walks on campus and addresses some students
Dr. Frank Bryant