Educating Rita

by Willy Russell

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Directed by Patrick Sandford
Designed by Juliet Shillingford

“The set is designed by Juliet Shillingford; its solidity is reinforced by David W Kidd’s clever lighting. As Frank is changed by his mouthy hairdresser student even more than he refashions her, so that solidity fades until we are left to recognise that the carapace has indeed crumbled. It’s a telling and fine effect, the visual equivalent of verbal onomatopoeia.”