Let the games begin
Meet the family. Edith is a highly-strung matriarch who prepares for lunch like it’s a military offensive. Youngest son Matthew, a frustrated actor and reluctant lawyer, longs for a different career … and for his brother’s wife. But Nicole, peeved and prickling for an argument, longs only for a drink. It’s Christmas – what could possibly go wrong?
Sam Holcroft’s audacious script cranks the familial tension up to 11 using narrative tricks that clue the audience into a joke of which the hapless characters are unaware. Frenetically funny, Rules for Living is about all those expectations and roles that life sets upon us – and the tics and twitches that betray us when we struggle to shake them off.
Susanna Dowling makes her STC directorial debut with a brilliant ensemble cast including Sonia Todd (ABC TV's Rake and Channel 9's McLeod's Daughters), Amber McMahon (Banging Denmark), Logie Award-winner Hazem Shammas, Keegan Joyce (ABC TV's Please Like Me and Rake), Bruce Spence (Dinner), Nikita Waldron (Mosquitoes), and Ella Jacob.
Timed for the silly season, Rules For Living is the most deliciously dysfunctional Christmas lunch you’ll ever attend.
Presented by Sydney Theatre Company
Presenting Partner: UBS
Production Patron: The Vine Foundation
Rules for Living was first performed at the Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London, on 13th March 2015.