Rules for Living  
Rules for Living

by Sam Holcroft

Directed by John Chapman

Evenings at 7.30 :
Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th November and Tuesday 3rd - Saturday 7th December
Matinées at 3.00 : Saturdays 30th November and 7th December

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


Nobody's perfect ... and, after all, it is Christmas!
(to the tune of The Holly and the Ivy)

Poor Carrie's feeling nervous
And Adam won't commit
Matthew's got a little secret
And Sheena won't submit

Oh, Mum's been planning Xmas
Since early January
How are they going to cope with life?
Thank God for therapy!


What happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas? As established mechanisms for survival are laid bare, even Mum, who's been preparing this lunch since last January, becomes embroiled. Long-held rivalries and resentments will out. Accusations fly, relationships deconstruct.

Rules For Living is a seasonal family tale of disharmony, ruined expectations, overindulgence, a manic board game called "Bedlam!" and some of life's little coping mechanisms. Let the festivities commence!