A VILLAGE drama group is set to put on a production of a classic and witty British comedy.

Latchingdon Arts and Drama Society (LADS) is putting on Willy Russell’s Educating Rita for its next production.

The play features Frank, an English tutor in his 50s, whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in books, and Rita, a forthright hairdresser, who is eager to learn.

It follows the pair through their relationship as student and teacher.

Director Matthew Bacon said: “The beauty of a play like Educating Rita is the underlying meaning, the thoughts and feelings expressed by the characters throughout the show, are timeless and shared by many of us.

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“Feeling out of place, wanting more from life, seeking knowledge, finding ways to cope with things we don’t like or enjoy.

“It also shows us how two people of completely different classes, upbringings, and perceived social status, can have more in common than one might think and actually get on very well.

“It’s a light-hearted, yet serious and truthful look into their journeys through their lives together with some odd twists and turns.

“This play has some drama, some comedy and a sprinkle of romance – overall delivering something really quite charming and enjoyable to watch.”

The cast is made up of just two people, Daniel Tunbridge, who is returning to the stage for his 23rd year of acting with the group, and Holly Hallam, who is laying down her musical hat to take on the challenging role of Rita.

They will be putting on the play in the LADS Tractor Shed in Latchingdon from April 6-9.

Shows start at 7.30pm.

People are urged to book early to avoid disappointment as limited tickets are available.

Tickets can be bought online at ticketsource.co.uk/ladsarts.