TUES­DAY 09.02.16

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

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)

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