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2022 September Rules for Living

by Sam Holcroft

Director Tony Parker

Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living is a fresh take on an Ayckbourn-style situation: a Christmas family gathering. First performed at the National Theatre in 2015, this playful black comedy cleverly reveals the coping strategies we all adopt to get through life.

As the family’s unspoken rules are laid bare, even Mum (who has been preparing the festive lunch since the previous January) gets embroiled. Her son Matthew is partnered by nervous actor Carrie but secretly nurses a passion for his sister-in-law Sheena. Meanwhile Sheena, a compulsive drinker, is unable to suppress her anger at her cynical, under-achieving husband Adam or her anxiety about her psychologically damaged daughter Emma.

Accusations fly, relationships fall apart and chaos ensues. The rules are there for all to see – audience included – and there’s nowhere left to hide!

‘Bitingly funny and sharply observed’ Exeunt

‘Simmering resentments boil over into an almighty, uproarious melee’ Variety

A Workington Playgoers Production

Alison Shutt
Morgan Sweeney
Craig Norendal Plays FOGGY
Becky Wilson
Cara De Mello Plays Emma
Anne Bowmer
Karl Sanderson

Cast of Rules for Living

Early rehearsal photographs taken by Anne Bowmer.

This is an amateur performance.
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Show Details

Date: Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th September 2022
Doors open: 7:00 pm
Performance: 7:30 pm
Running Time: 2.5hrs

Adults £12.00
Concessions £11.00

Adam (Craig Norendal) And Matthew (Karl Sanderson ) Have A Fight. Sheena - "Please, Please Don't. I Can't Bear That Your're Fighting Over Me!"
Rules For For Living September 2022 Anarchy Rules! Adam - "Emma, Honey (Cara De Mello), What Are You Doing Out Of Bed?"

Photographs by Chris Lewis

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