Explain your ideas for staging the opening scene of 'Educating Rita'. Show how you think your ideas would be a good reflection of Russell's intention.

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Willy Russell wrote this play and he was born near Liverpool. After leaving school, he trained to be a printer even though he did not want to do it. However when he came to do his exam, he failed. Then he trained to be a hairdresser. He did this for six years; he didn't understand it or even like it. He still bought his own salon, but when it was quiet, he would do what he liked doing best. This was writing! He mostly wrote songs to begin with, but also tied to write books, poems and sketches. This made him decide that he wanted to do O level English Literature. The play 'Educating Rita' was written in 1985, however, in my staging of the play, I would make it a modern play, and this is so that people in the audience could relate to more. For example, the younger people could relate to Rita going through a student's life.

The older members of the audience would be able to relate to Frank.

To make my staging ideas for 'Educating Rita' interesting I need to make them entertaining and informative this will keep the audience involved. However to make sure that the audience does actually become involved I'm going to make it as though they are looking through the window that Rita is always relating to. 'I love this room. I love that window'. This is the first time Rita mentions the book in the play. We get her feelings about the window from this, however Frank feels different about the window because he says 'I sometimes get the urge to throw something through it'. To me this makes the window sound very big, with only certain panels that will open. It is important that we...