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Educating Rita


Fri 9 May 2014, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Sat 10 May 2014, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Sun 11 May 2014, 3:00pm–6:00pm
Wed 14 May 2014, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Thu 15 May 2014, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Fri 16 May 2014, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Sat 17 May 2014, 7:30pm–10:30pm

Where: Laguna Hall, 3734 Great North Rd, Laguna, Hunter Region

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Mother's Day Lunch Package: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Valley Artists

Valley Artists Inc. is presenting Educating Rita, the wonderful Willy Russell stage comedy. This production comes by arrangement with ORIGIN TM Theatrical, on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Familiar to many through the Oscar-nominated movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters, Educating Rita is set in the 80's in a northern English university and traces the powerful story of a woman's journey of learning. Rita is a young hairdresser who seeks escape from the routine of her job and social life, enrolling in an Open University English Lit course. Her tutor is Frank Bryant, a jaded, middle-aged academic with a fondness for the bottle. Frank has misgivings about Rita's ability to adapt to academia but is won over by her refreshing enthusiasm and brash sincerity. Over the course of a year these two beautifully drawn characters have a profound effect on one another.

Valley Artists use Russell's revised play script which many may not have seen and audiences can expect the high production values for which the company is so well regarded. Robyn Blackwell, no stranger to the VA stage herself, makes her directorial debut with Educating Rita. Cath Patterson, who sings regularly with the Central Coast's women's harmony group Coastal a Cappella, makes her acting debut as Rita. Frank Bryant is played by VA stalwart, Alan Glover. Alan is a renowned Hunter Valley stand-up comedian who works in television, film and radio and is a regular on the national festival circuit.

Tickets $25 ($20 concession) are available from Great Northern Trading Post, Wollombi General Store or call 4998 3419 or email

*Special Lunch & Show Package: On Mother's Day, Sun May 11, Valley Artists is also offering a special lunch & show package in conjunction with GNTP. Cost $40 lunch & show. Bookings essential as above.