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The Rules is a brand new black-comedy, serial-killer-romance debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe this August and we need your help!
The Rules is a brand new black-comedy, serial-killer-romance debuting at the Edinburgh Fringe this August and we need your help!
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This August Team Sprocket will be leaving these London shores in order to break our Edinburgh Fringe seal with devilishly funny new play THE RULES: SEX, LIES & SERIAL KILLERS - and we need your help to get us there!

Who we are: Lila Whelan - writer, Jez Pike - director, Isabel Dixon - associate producer, Suneeda Maruthiyil - designer, Alex Pearson - stage manager

Cast: Catherine Nix-Collins, Neil Chinneck, Ben Higgins and Lila Whelan.

Glad you asked! Toying with our current gleeful obsession with TV anti-heroes (House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Wire), THE RULES is a deliciously deviant imagining of what serial killers get up to behind closed doors. 

It's a dark, sexy and brilliantly funny play that's so original it quite possibly creates its own genre; the blackly comic serial-killer romance. Full of quick-fire dialogue, believably-grounded characters and mischievous twists, THE RULES manages to be both a devilish roller-coaster ride and a truthful rendering of love in the most unlikely places.

Psychopaths Jay, Mel and Steven meet up once in a while to unwind, hang up their guns and let their hair down - within a few guidelines established for their protection and anonymity of course. But when the innocent Teresa enters their world, loyalties are tested and the rules start to get broken, one by one. And when serial killers break the rules, the consequences can be a little...messy. But hey, rules are made to be broken, aren't they?

  • First up the show is genuinely awesome and you're going to love it. 
  • Secondly because Sprocket makes thrillingly original theatre that moves, haunts, challenges and - most importantly - entertains. We say boo to the boring and the pretentious and the over-reliance on celebrity-fronted stuffy old plays that colours London’s West End. 
  • Thirdly, we are on a mission to provide more roles for women and so all of our productions consist of at least 50% women (on and off stage).
  • Fourthly, in every production we engage and support new and emerging talent.
  • Finally, Edinburgh is just the start of our journey with The Rules - with your help we can make it a huge success up north and then the world's our oyster!

The money you'll donate will go lovingly towards hiring a rehearsal space for 4 weeks (£600), printing flyers and posters (£200), buying props and costumes (£250), creating the set (£350), transporting all of that lot (£50), along with our eight-person team (£550), up to Edinburgh!*

*and maybe back down again if they're well behaved.

Okey doke! On Wednesday 15 July we'd like to invite everyone who's donated £10 or more to attend THE RULES launch party Pub Quiz night with our cast and crew. 

  • Where: the Reliance Pub, 336 Old St, London EC1V 9DR www.thereliancepub.co.uk
  • When: 15 July, doors open at 6.15pm
  • Tickets can be bought by pledging on our Kickstarter

There'll be fantastic raffle prizes up for grabs, a pub quiz with special serial-killer flavoured round with a tip-top secret prize (it is GOOD!) and generally lots of rowdy fun to send us off on our way.

Prizes to be announced - keep checking back!

We've been working tirelessly on this show since 2013, from it's earliest infancy with a showcase at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2013 right through to a series of workshops and rehearsed readings in 2014 and 2015.

2013 reviews

2015 rehearsed reading:

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2014 rehearsed reading:

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With thanks to the talents of Abigail Pickard Price, Keira Duffy, James Thorne, Ruth McMeel, Cameron Harle, Charlie Haskins, Rob Welling and Natasha Killam.

Previous work

Sprocket's 2013 debut production THE DEEP SPACE

Reviews

London Previews: 20 & 21 July @ 7pm, Theatre503, 503 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BW 

Edinburgh: 7 - 22 August @ 21:50, 24 - 29 August @ 20:35, theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh

Risks and challenges

Our risks mainly consist of reaching our fundraising target!

Making theatre is an exciting and risky business but we're prepared for everything Edinburgh can through at us (including the weather) and we're already a good half way through our fundraising endeavours - we just need that extra support from you to reach our goal.

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    MICHAEL MYERS

    No, not the Austin Powers guy - the dude from Halloween! With no less than TEN movies under his belt, the masked Myers helped launch the career of Jamie Lee Curtis and totted up over 100 kills in the process. Yikes!

    £5 will buy you our eternal gratitude!

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    NORMAN BATES

    With Hitchcock at the helm the famous Psycho shower scene took a full 7 days to film and lasts just 45 seconds. Vince Vaughn played Bates in the 1998 remake – I know, weird right?

    For £10 we'll give you a loving tweet, a Facebook thanks AND an invitation to our Edinburgh launch party on 8 July!

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    SCREAM

    In this 90s cult classic director Wes Craven gave himself a cameo as a janitor – wearing Freddy Krueger’s hat and jumper *shivers*.

    £25 – we’ll show you some social media love AND we'll immortalise your name forever on our website’s wall of thanks!

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    Pledge £50 or more About $65

    MALLORY & MICKEY

    Script by Tarentino, directed by Oliver Stone and featuring an Aussie Robert DowneyJnr, all of the prison scenes in Natural Born Killers were shot in a functioning prison and featured inmates as extras, including a few real life murderers. Gulp.

    £50 – all of the above plus a thanks in the programme and a pic of a cast member wearing the costume you helped us buy to set as your screensaver / display proudly on Facebook, you lucky thing you.

    To recap:
    +thanks on social media
    +immortality on our website
    +invite to launch party 8 July
    +cast in costume
    +name in programme

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    Pledge £100 or more About $130

    JOHN DOE

    ‘What’s in the boooooox?!’

    Kevin Spacey requested his name never appear in the credits so as to keep the true identity of Se7en’s serial killer a surprise. What a gent – we salute you sir!

    £100 – all the above plus a personalised video thank you from cast in serial killer mode AND one ticket to either the London preview or a show in Edinburgh.

    To recap:
    +thanks on social media
    +immortality on our website
    +invite to launch party 8 July
    +cast in costume
    +name in programme
    +video thanks
    +1 ticket

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    Pledge £250 or more About $324

    PATRICK BATEMAN

    Serial killing never looked so good (if indeed Bateman did kill anyone, or did he? Bah!) According to legend Christian Bale based his American Psycho character on Tom Cruise after watching him being interviewed on David Letterman. Cruise apparently exuded intense friendliness but had nothing behind the eyes…meow!

    £250 – all of the above, plus 2 tickets to the show in Edinburgh or London AND you can get up onstage to take a bow (if you so choose) AND playwright Lila will write you a personalised short play in the style of THE RULES.

    To recap:
    +thanks on social media
    +immortality on our website
    +invite to launch party 8 July
    +cast in costume
    +name in programme
    +2 tickets
    +bow
    +video thanks
    +short play

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    Pledge £500 or more About $648

    HANNIBAL LECTER

    The iconic psychopathic king of them all, Hannibal Lecter's 25 minutes of screen time (in a film lasting 2 hours and 18 minutes) was sooo good it won Anthony Hopkins the Oscar for Best Actor. Anyone for a bottle of Chianti?

    £500 – all the above, but this time 4 tickets to see the show in Edinburgh or London AND you can choose to have your name immortalised forever in the script itself AND an exclusive invitation to attend a London rehearsal.

    To recap:
    +thanks on social media
    +immortality on our website
    +invite to launch party 8 July
    +cast in costume
    +name in programme
    +4 tickets
    +bow
    +video thanks
    +attend rehearsal
    +name in script

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    GEORGE RR MARTIN

    Ok, so not technically a serial killer - but a pretty impressive body count regardless!

    If you're in the mood to help us smash our target in one fell swoop - first of all WOW!! You are truly amazing and awesome and brilliant - we love you!!

    Second of all, in exchange for this spectacular show of generosity we will give you all of the above PLUS a private performance of THE RULES just for you and your guests in your home or place of work.*

    *T&C's apply, check out the FAQs for more information.

    To recap:
    +thanks on social media
    +immortality on our website
    +invite to launch party 8 July
    +cast in costume
    +name in programme
    +4 tickets
    +bow
    +video thanks
    +attend rehearsal
    +name in script
    +private performance

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