The Chichester festival theatre gave me the opportunity to encourage anybody of ages 16 to 25 to visit the theatre more often. Not only is there a huge choice of performances to choose from, places like the festival theatre in Chichester do some fantastic deals just because you're a younger age group - yes please! For instance, all theatre tickets automatically become £8.50 if you order them online and let them know you're under 25... pretty neat, huh?
Yesterday, I was invited by the theatre to go see Educating Rita, so that I could vlog it and encourage all you poops to come to the theatre more often! I brought my mum along as she was the one who got me into the movie Educating Rita, and she is very much in love with the play. We were also very excited about the news of Frank being played by Sir Lenny Henry!
As the performance begun, the story of Educating Rita started. Frank, an English literature professor takes on an Open University student, Rita, a working-class Liverpool hairdresser. "Oh great". "So I end up wiv a beginnah!", she says when she discovers she is the first Open University student he has taught. As the story unfolds, Frank falls in love with Rita all while she falls in love with learning. Frank hits the bottle and her regard for him dwindles. It could either be a story of self-advancement or a story of selfishness from both characters. Either way, Sir Lenny Henry and Lashana Lynch (playing Rita), equally performed it remarkably.
If you have seen the number of newspaper articles I have, you would know that all of them focused a huge amount on the moment Lenny Henry 'messed up' on his lines. I find this very unfortunate because of how well he had done for the entirety of it. While his character explains to the Liverpudlian hairdresser about the virtues of subjective academic analysis, he struggles with a line and informs the audience how the words had "completely gone". After they had both left stage for what felt shorter than a single minute, they were welcomed back on with a round of applause. I felt that Lenny battled on and dealt with this just fabulously, and just like nothing had happened, the audience got straight back into the story and enjoyed every moment of it.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the beautiful theatre building and lovely friendly staff members. Outside of the main room and by the box office, were a lot of people gathering around with glasses of wine and a lot of discussion on how they thought the play was going to go. I should imagine a lot were very excited about the reveal of Sir Lenny Henry, and the fact that Willy Russell was in the audience! (The author of Educating Rita!)
I love getting away on the odd occasion and escaping to the theatre. Like reading or watching a film, it's a chance to jump into the life of somebody else for an hour or two. I couldn't recommend going to the theatre anymore than I do already. That goes for seeing a brand new production, or a performance you've always dreamed of seeing.
I had such a wonderful time visiting the theatre with my family and enjoying the story amongst so many others. I would also love it if you took advantage of the cheap tickets that this particular theatre is doing for people just like you! You could get a sandwich and chocolate bar with the tiny £8.50 they are asking from you to watch a performance at their theatre! Have a look to see what performances are on: http://www.cft.org.uk/850
Let me know in the comments whether you visit the theatre very often and if you do, what did you last see?!
Love and hugs,