1980s classic Educating Rita at the Burdekin Theatre

Almost four decades after Willy Russell penned his bittersweet comedy about a bored English literature lecturer and his enthusiastic hairdresser-turned-student, Educating Rita continues to make audiences laugh and cry.

The play turned comedy classic when it was adapted for film in 1983 and since then has been recreated on stage and the big screen time and time again.

Burdekin Shire Council Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the comedy had been enjoyed by audiences worldwide for close to 40 years and now Burdekin residents would have the chance to see it.

“The Burdekin Theatre has had some high quality amateur and professional performances this year beginning with The Addams Family followed by The Underarm and now the world-renowned Educating Rita is set to hit our stage,” he said.

“The play and its characters will be so relatable for audiences.

“To find the “meaning of life” and to “be our best” are common ideologies we all share and characters Frank and Rita are no different.

“The two characters take the audience on a journey of self-discovery and transformation and become completely different people by the end of the play.

“It’s been a favourite overseas for years and has had rave reviews while travelling throughout Australia so I’m sure Burdekin residents will thoroughly enjoy it as well.”

Educating Rita plays at the Burdekin Theatre on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 8-10pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Burdekin Theatre website at www.burdekintheatre.com.au or phone 4783 9800. Ticket bookings can also be arranged at Council’s Customer Service Centre or the Burdekin Library Home Hill branch.

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