Image: Earl Carter
By Sam Holcroft
Directed by Kim Farrant
In association with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
14 March – 16 April (previews 14-17 March)
Post-show Q&A 30 March
Running time: 3hrs including an interval
Featuring Rory Kelly, Caroline Lee, Jessica Clarke, Mark Dickinson, Lily McCarthy, Ella Newton, Jem Nicholas and Ian Rooney.
Set and Costumes: Sophie Woodward
Lighting: Clare Springett
Sound: Daniel Nixon
Production Manager: Shae Attril
A family that plays together sleighs together…
A familiar premise – the family Christmas fraught with tensions and habitual misunderstandings – is upended into a theatrically inventive, hilarious comedy about the coping strategies we each adapt in life, for better or worse.
Drawing on theories of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Rules for Living is an intelligent study of our perfectionist culture that exposes the fascinating and complex neuroses beneath.
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist
“Staging hot, new, international plays has long been part of the brief at Red Stitch, and when the company is on song they do it better than anyone.” – The Age
“Kim Farrant directs a strong ensemble with verve…achingly funny…laugh-out-loud antics… hilarity with moments of poignancy. A thoroughly entertaining night at the theatre, and an ideal curtain-raiser for this year’s Comedy Festival.” – ★★★★, The Age
“Thigh-slappingly funny…a wonderfully strong ensemble…thrillingly dark.” –The Australian
“Marvellous and highly entertaining…” – Milk Bar Mag
“A superb cast of fine actors.” – Stage Whispers
“Directed with manic aplomb by Kim Farrant…stylish technical support gives this special experience a heightened sense of atmosphere…‘Rules For Living’ is an absolute winner. Don’t miss out!” – Theatre People