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Educating Rita is dramatically effective in many ways It is also recognised as an exceptional play it was voted Best comedy of the year when performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980 and just three years after release it had become the fourth most popular play in Britain There are obviously factors which make it so effective and I intend to explore these factors Throughout the play there are only two characters this is known as a two-hander Other characters are only mentioned in the play but in the film have been cast as parts It worked well for the film but I think it lost the closeness which plays such an important part in the theatre Some people would find this to be tedious but I think it adds to the intensity and intimacy between the audience and the characters There is a focus on the two characters which means that the audience can appreciate the relationship between Rita and Frank which is emphasised more than it would be with other characters and would notice any subtle changes that occur in the play For example when Rita starts to use the correct form of speech for talking about literature and uses a higher standard of English You can see this in Act I Scene 4 when Frank and Rita were talking about her Peer Gynt essay where her response was Do it on the radio Frank could not believe what she had written as her entire essay and in her defense Rita says I didnt have much time this week so I sort of yknow encapsulated all me ideas in one line The audience familiarise with Frank and Rita and we can see more closely what they are feeling and thinking because we know them better We understand that Rita feels that she is stuck in the lower class and she wants to better herself by changing from the
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