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Amber McMahon and Hazem Shammas in ‘Rules for Living’. Pic Daniel Boud

The Sydney Theatre Company has made a welcome return to the Drama Theatre after a long absence due to Covid 19 with young British playwright Sam Holcroft’s play ‘Rules for Living’. That it was a frenetic comedy was even better. After the darkness we have all been through, it’s great to have a comedy to enjoy.

It isn’t long into the play that one learns that Holcroft’s play isn’t the kind of play that you can just sit back and enjoy without being too attentive. ‘Rules for Living’ is cerebral, multi-layered entertainment and one has to be on the ball.

The setting is a family Christmas lunch. The participants are parents Edith (Sonia Todd)and Francis(Bruce Spence), their two grown-up sons, Matthew (Keegan Joyce) and his girlfriend Carrie (Nikita Waldron), and Adam (Hazem Shammas) and his wife Nicole (Amber McMahon), and their fourteen year old daughter Emma (Ella Jacob). Continue reading RULES FOR LIVING @ DRAMA THEATRE, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE