A popular Willy Russell comedy returns to stage
There's a chance to see Willy Russell's hugely popular play Educating Rita at the Northcott Theatre next week. The Uncommon Players will present the story of Rita, a hairdresser who thinks she wants a proper education, and university lecturer Frank, who thinks she's got no chance.
Originally a stage play, this bittersweet comedy was made famous by a 1983 film version which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine. It hilariously explores the prejudices of this strong-minded pair in their story of increasing mutual respect.
This production comes after a successful collaboration between the Northcott and The Uncommon Players on Talking Heads by Alan Bennett.
Educating Rita is at Exeter Northcott Theatre from September 25-28.
Performance deals with challenging topical issues
In The Disappearance of Sadie Jones, playwright Hannah Silva explores the nature of the struggle of living with mental illness on a daily basis and probes the issue that for those living with someone who suffers mental illness it can be just as testing.
The work draws inspiration from Strindberg's concept of a dream play, in which one consciousness holds sway over everything else. The writer has created an intense, expressionistic world that completely immerses the audience in Sadie's fragile psyche while simultaneously revealing the extent to which it exerts control over those living in close proximity.
The Disappearance of Sadie Jones was developed through a residency at Beaford Arts and CPT.
Hannah Silva is a Westcountry-based writer, performer and theatre maker who has shown her work internationally and has performed throughout the UK including at Latitude Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe and the London Word Festival.
The Disappearance of Sadie Jones by Hannah Silva is at studio @ QT on Wednesday, October 2, at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple.