THEATRE Educating Rita What more can we learn from Educating Rita? Willy Russell’s 1980 comedy has proven to be an enduring comedy about knowledge, education, class barriers and the sexes, borrowing liberally from Pygmalion, both the Greek myth and Bernard Shaw play. More recently, though, it has proven useful to refresh the play’s own syllabus. Last year, a production starring Lenny Henry received much attention for its celebrity casting, but less for how the play might shift to suit the circumstances of black Britain.
For the Lyric’s first production of 2016, the play has made another transposition, from Russell’s native Liverpool to Belfast. Here, Kerri Quinn (above)