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Rules for Living

by Sam Holcroft

7th to 14th December 2019



The family are gathering together for the traditional Christmas lunch.   Edith, the mother, has everything planned with military precision.   Her two sons, Matthew and Adam are always in competition with each other.   Matthew, arrives with Carrie, his girlfriend, a larger than life actress but he is secretly in love with his sister in law Sheena.  Adam and Sheena have a troubled marriage.  She drinks a lot, he is angry and cynical with life.   Their daughter, Emma suffers from severe anxiety.  Edith has neglected to tell the family that their father, Francis is in a wheelchair, having suffered a stroke and cannot communicate.