Rules of Summer

23 September - 8 October

Adapted from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan
  • 23 September - 8 October

  • 10am & 1pm | 23, 26, 27 Sept and 3 - 7 Oct 6.30pm | 27 Sept, 6 & 7 Oct 10am | 28 Sept & 8 Oct

  • 50 Minutes + 10 Minutes Q&A

  • Suitable for ages 5+

  • Tickets from $23+bf

Rules of Summer // World Premiere Season

A performance like no other, Rules of Summer is an immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory puppetry work following the journey of two boys who experience the emotional journey of life, the unwritten rules of friendship, and a list of mysterious rules…

See the entire theatre space come to life and experience a sensory world of sight, taste, smell, sound and touch. What rule will you break? Will you accept or reject a tasty treat? And what consequences will await?

Join us for the world premiere season of this new adaptation from the award-winning book by Shaun Tan at the Dolphin Theatre, UWA.

Suitable for ages 5+

Audience warning: this performance contains strobe lighting and smoke effects.

In Conversation – special guest announcement!

Ticket holders for the Wednesday 27 September 6:30pm performance of Rules of Summer will have the opportunity to join special guest Shaun Tan, Director Philip Mitchell, Assistant Director Rebecca Bradley and Designer Leon Hendroff for a post-show discussion about the creation of this new immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory puppetry work.

Are we just people that learn different things at different stages of our lives? How do we create works that are intergenerational? How do we create space for the imagination? This In Conversation event will provide unique insight into adapting a book to stage and the process of creating puppetry works.

We expect this to be a popular event. There are limited places, so secure your seat for the performance and exclusive post-show talk via the button below!

DATE: Wednesday 27 September
TIME: 6.30pm, including performance and post-show talk
VENUE: Dolphin Theatre, UWA
TICKETS: BOOK ONLINE or call 9335 5044


Saturday 23 September: 10am & 1pm
Tuesday 26 September: 10am & 1pm
Wednesday 27 September: 10am, 1pm & 6.30pm (followed by In Conversation)
Thursday 28 September: 10am
Tuesday 3 October: 10am & 1pm
Wednesday 4 October: 10am & 1pm
Thursday 5 October: 10am & 1pm
Friday 6 October: 1pm & 6.30pm
Saturday 7 October: 1pm & 6.30pm
Sunday 8 October: 10am


Dolphin Theatre, University of WA

Suitable for ages 5+

Philip Mitchell
Adapting Writer
Ian Sinclair
Assistant Director
Rebecca Bradley
Leon Hendroff
Lee Buddle
Lighting Designer
Graham Walne
Bryan Woltjen
Jesse Wood
Julie Reeves
Riley Brabin
Sanjiva Margio

Allan Girod

Nick Pages-Oliver

Rebecca Bradley