THE RULES: Sex, Lies & Serial Killers

Sex, lies & serial killers. What could be funnier? Throw in a little romance and you've got THE RULES. Broadway Baby wants to know more.

A play about killers wouldn’t be any fun unless an innocent lamb was to wander unknowingly into their midst to shake things up a bit…

Tell us about your show

Toying with ourcurrentgleeful obsession withTVanti-heroes (House of CardsBreaking BadDexterThe Wire),THE RULES is a deliciously deviant imaging of what serial killers get up to behind closed doors. Each serial killer has secrets to hide and unfulfilled desires to power them on as they each strive, in their own way, to find some kind of normality. But a play about killers wouldn’t be any fun unless an innocent lamb was to wander unknowingly into their midst to shake things up a bit…

A slick, thrilling and blackly funny comedy with a just hint of romance for good measure, THE RULES will leave a bloody trail of laughter in its wake.

Why did you decide to take your show to Space UK this year?

When offered the evening slot at theSpace on the Mile for THE RULES we jumped at the chance! Our goal for Edinburgh was to find a venue in the centre of all the Edinburgh action, with a space that we could easily adapt to create our deadly show, and – crucially - have a timeslot that would work for our very dark, very funny play which contains strong adult themes. As the icing on the cake theSpace UK has a long standing place at the Fringe and has a fantastic reputation for supporting new, innovative theatrical work – it was a perfect fit!

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s festival?

THE RULES will be Sprocket’s Edinburgh Fringe debut and we are hugely excited to be venturing up north from London to throw our hat into the circus ring. We’re really looking forward to touting our wares on the Mile, soaking up the atmosphere of a hundred other shows, catching up with friends and making some new ones along the way, and finally seeing lots and lots of exciting new work!

What makes your show unique amongst the thousands of others at the festival?

THE RULES is unique, as we’ve created our own entirely new genre - a black-comedy serial-killer romance! Deliciously this roller-coaster ride is also grounded firmly in utterly believable characters which will have you rooting for them till the very end – even as their more psychopathic tendencies begin to emerge.

Can you tell us a bit about your company’s background?

Sprocket was set up in 2012 with the impulse to create new work that haunts, moves, challenges and entertains. We’re also on a bit of a mission to close the gender gap in theatre – all of our productions include a minimum of 50% women both on stage and off. Our debut, THE DEEP SPACE, was a dark murder mystery, which premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2013 to rave reviews.

Show Name: THE RULES: Sex, Lies & Serial Killers

Production Company: Sprocket Theatre

Venue: theSpace on the Mile, theatre 2 (no39)

Dates: 7 – 29 August (no Sundays)

Times: 7-22 August @ 22.50; 24-29 August @ 20.35

Twitter Handle: @SprocketTheatre #TheRulesPlay

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