Rules for Living

Frenetically funny, this is the most deliciously dysfunctional family Christmas lunch you’ll ever attend.

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

The Play

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RULES FOR LIVING 

 

By Sam Holcroft
Directed by Susanna Dowling    

 

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 Keegan Joyce (ABC TV's Please Like Me and Rake), Amber McMahon (Banging Denmark), Logie Award-winner Hazem Shammas, Bruce Spence (The Harp in the South), Sonia Todd (ABC TV's Rake and Channel 9's McLeod's Daughters), Nikita Waldron (Lord of the Flies), and Ella Jacob.

 

Timed for the silly season, Rules For Living is the most deliciously dysfunctional Christmas lunch you’ll ever attend.

 

“An intelligent comedy that leaves us questioning at what point the rules for living we all adopt become a form of entrapment."  The Guardian UK

 

Approx. duration 2hrs 10mins including interval. Subject to change. More info.
Content Sexual references, strong language. Subject to change. More info.
Wear a mask It is highly recommended that you wear a mask inside the Drama Theatre auditorium during the performance. More info

 

VISITOR SAFETY INFORMATION

 

Your safety is important to us. We have enhanced health and hygiene methods in place, following NSW government COVIDSafe guidelines and expert public health advice. Please note: it is highly recommended that you wear a mask inside the Drama Theatre auditorium during the performance.

 

This production is socially distanced. Audience size is at 50% of capacity, in line with current government regulations. It is seated in a chequerboard-style layout.

 

Please read Sydney Opera House Visitor Safety Information before you visit.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

Single ticket prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $103
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50

 

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $110

 

Preview performances
All tickets $50

 

Season Ticket prices
Adult A Reserve $82
Seniors cardholder $74
Concession $65
Under 30 $45

 

Saturday evening performances $88

 

Preview performances $45

 

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

 

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.

 

 

DATES

 

Previews 2 - 5 Nov 2020
Season 7 Nov - 19 Dec 2020

 

Performance start times
Preview performances 8pm
In-season evening performances Mon & Tue 6.30pm; Wed – Sat 8pm
Matinee performances Wed 1pm; Sat 2pm

 

Approx. duration 2hrs 10mins including interval. Subject to change. More info.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

 

Single ticket prices
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $103
Seniors cardholder $93
Concession $82
Under 30 $50

 

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $110

 

Preview performances
All tickets $50

 

Season Ticket prices
Adult A Reserve $82
Seniors cardholder $74
Concession $65
Under 30 $45

 

Saturday evening performances $88

 

Preview performances $45

 

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

 

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket bookings (packs of 6 or more plays): no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

 

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

 

Access requirements
For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats.

 

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.

 

 

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

 

Audio Described performance
Sat 12 Dec 2pm

 

Captioned performances
Tue 1 Dec 6.30pm
Fri 11 Dec 8pm

 

Auslan-interpreted performance
Thu 10 Dec 8pm

 

 

CREATIVE TEAM

 

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Susanna Dowling

Director 

 

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Charles Davis

Designer

 

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Sian James-Holland

Lighting Designer

 

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Laura Turner 

AV Designer

 

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James Brown

Composer & Sound Designer

 

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Tom Hodgson

Movement Director

 

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Nigel Poulton

Fight Director

 

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Danielle Roffe

Voice and Text Coach

 

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Carissa Licciardello

Assistant Director

 

CAST

 

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Ella Jacob

Emma

 

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Keegan Joyce

Matthew

 

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Amber McMahon

Nicole

 

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Hazem Shammas

Adam

 

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Bruce Spence

Francis

 

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Sonia Todd

Edith

 

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Nikita Waldron

Carrie

 

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Tony Cogin

Understudy (Francis)

 

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Beth Daly

Understudy (Edith)

 

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Yalin Ozucelik

Understudy (Adam/Matthew)

 

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Matilda Ridgway

Understudy (Carrie/Nicole)

 

 

Production photos Daniel Boud

 

 

This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

 

 

Nikita Waldron

Carrie

INSIGHT EVENTS

 

We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.

 

Night with the Artists - Rescheduled
New dates:
Mon 23 Nov post-show
Mon 30 Nov post-show

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