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!
 



Cast List

Matthew : Adam Hampton-Matthews
Carrie : Kasia Chodurek
Sheena : Hattie Hahn
Adam : Dickon Farmar
Edith : Rosanna Preston
Francis : Tom Tillery
Emma : Helena Braithwaite

 

Production Team

Director : John Chapman
Set Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Costume Design : David Taylor
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Tamara Douglas-Morris

Stage Manager : Kejenne Beard
Assistant Director : Nathan Picart
ASM : Ruth Sanderson
Fight Director : Richard Kirby
Lighting and Sound Operator : Kaushal Ginige



Rules for Living is Adam Hampton-Matthews's eighth appearance for the Tower Theatre having joined back in 2014. Previous roles include Ben in Deposit, Christophe and Francis Weston in Wolf Hall, Ned in Nell Gwynn, Edgar in King Lear, Lomax in Major Barbara, George in Sons of Paradise and numerous roles in the award winning production of The Producers. Other credits include Lawrence in Calendar Girls, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Warbucks in Annie and Leaf in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
 
This is Kasia Chodurek's first show with the Tower Theatre Company, having taken a break from the stage for the past 2 years to focus on professional exams. Kasia has performed at theatres across the UK, including most recently at the Bridewell Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre and as part of two Edinburgh Fringe Festival productions. As well as acting in a brand new space with a brand new company, she is excited to dive into her first comedic role in several years.
This is Hattie Hahn's second show with the Tower Theatre and she is delighted to be back spreading some Christmas cheer! Her debut with the Tower was as Jan in Bedroom Farce. Other roles include Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Cookie in Rumours and Bridget in A Chorus of Disapproval, all with the Barclays Spread Eagle Players.
 
This is Dickon Farmar's sixth Tower show having last been seen as Henry Higgins in Pygmalion. Previous Tower roles include Scullery in Road, Gideon in Table, Royce in The Night Heron, and Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall both in London and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Other roles include Bob Caleo in Holding The Man at The Brockley Jack, Ken Harrison in Whose Life is it Anyway?, and Krogstad in A Doll's House and the workshop of a new play About 500 that previewed at the Barbican. Film includes: Collared and The Wind Cries. He has also appeared as the lead in the band Autoheart's music video for My Hallelujah. He is also a writer and is currently working on his third play.
Rosanna Preston's has returned to acting after an extended break and has been training at the City Lit over the last year. This is her third acting role at the Tower Theatre - she played the King of France in Henry V and Mrs Higgins in Pygmalion. Other roles include Polina in The Seagull (Woodhouse Players), Trowle in the Chester Mystery Plays (Players of St Peter), Wife in Let us Make the Flames of the Revolution Rage Furiously (Saw It Here First productions), Queen Atossa in The Persians (Theatro Technis), Zelda in An Afternoon in Zelda's Silence, (Theatripy) and Charlotte in This Play Will Solve Climate Change (White Bear Theatre). Rosanna played Helen in the film Box and recently made her directing debut with Visitors (Woodhouse Players).
 
Born and educated in the West of Scotland Tom Tillery's first stage appearance was as the Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland while still a schoolboy over 60 years ago. He broadcast regularly on BBC Children's Hour before moving to London and joining the Tower Theatre in 1959. He has appeared in over 170 productions in London, the East and West Coasts of America, France (Arles and Paris), Austria, Germany, Gibraltar and Prague. He was in the London premieres of The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, Vatzlav, The Car Cemetery and This Was a Man. Ventures into musicals have included Percival Browne in The Boy Friend, Cardinal Pirelli in Valmouth and the Emcee in Cabaret. Favourite roles include Jack in Home, Pickering in Pygmalion, Jaques in As You Like It and Sadie Spangle in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He worked at the Royal Opera House as Music Librarian for over 25 years and contributed programme notes for the Royal Ballet, Sadlers Wells Ballet and the English National Ballet. His own programme collection contains over 6500 programmes. He was pleased to serve on the Olivier Awards Panel in 2004.
This is Helena Braithwaite's first show with the Tower Theatre Company. In July this year she was seen performing as Lady Macbeth and last November as Jade in The Jurassic Parks, both with the Woodhouse Players. Helena has also been honing her production skills this year, assistant directing the pantomime Puss in Boots and directing Bull, also with the Woodhouse Players.
 
John Chapman has appeared in/directed over 150 productions and relishes an onstage technical challenge (he once directed Man Of The Moment which featured a full size swimming pool!) such as the one provided by Rules For Living. Somewhat of a "latecomer" to the Tower Theatre he debuted as Mr Micawber in David Copperfield (2012) and has since been in another dozen Tower productions; most recently these were To Kill A Mockingbird, Wolf Hall and Kafka's Dick playing a "baddie" in all three. In 2016 he had the honour to play Bottom at both the Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the RSC/Tower production of A Midsummer Night's Dream : A Play For The Nation and earlier this year he played Falstaff in the London and Paris production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. His first Tower directing job was with Bedroom Farce in 2017 which was very positively reviewed. Now, apparently, the Tower Theatre is going to trust him again and so he is looking forward to settling into the director's chair with this highly challenging but deeply rewarding comedy about modern life.