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Rules for Living

by Sam Holcroft

7th to 14th December 2019



It is the excitement of a traditional family gathering at Christmas. Everything is perfect and planned with military precision. What could possibly go wrong?

This play looks at family dynamics and social norms which can hide our true feelings and shows how we try to create coping strategies or ‘rules for living.’ But what happens when these rules are followed rigidly and even displayed to the audience throughout the play?

We are getting into the festive spirit and presenting this dark comedy, which premiered at the National Theatre in 2015 starring Miles Jupp and Stephen Mangan.

The play contains some strong language.

“Some rules are helpful: eat your greens; be on time; respect your elders – if we had no rules there’d be anarchy."