If, like us, you’re still buoyant after witnessing Educating Rita’s spellbinding revival at the Playhouse, chalk up tomorrow afternoon for a session with co-stars Con O’Neill and Leanne Best, discussing the production, and the play’s central themes, at Waterstones in Liverpool ONE, as part of the store’s ‘Lunchtime Classic’ series. The following day there will be a special post-show debate as part of the BBC’s Get Creative initiative which will include Dr John Bennett from Hope University and Dr Casey Beaumont from University of Liverpool on the panel.

That free event starts at 8:15pm and directly follows a 5:30pm performance of Educating Rita at the Playhouse. The debate, chaired by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips, will ask the question: Does our education system cater for the individual? On the panel will be Dr John Bennett of Hope University, Dr Casey Beaumont form University of Liverpool, Donna Jones who is Head of Performing Arts at Cardinal Heenan High School and Dan Meigh the Head of Drama at Calday Grammar. They will be joined by Everyman & Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz.

Oh, and fight to get a ticket, if you can. It’s just perfect – although I wish they’d not dropped the line about Lady Macbeth needing Swarfega to clean her hands. The play runs til 7 March at the Playhouse

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