Through the series of mysterious rules like “Never step on a snail” and “Never take the last olive”, two brothers explore the world as each rule is broken.

Adapted from the award winning book by Shaun Tan.

A performance like no other, Rules of Summer is an immersive, playful and multi-sensory puppetry work following the journey of two children 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?


Director Philip Mitchell

Adapting Writer Ian Sinclair

Assistant Director Rebecca Bradley

Designer Leon Hedroff

Construction Bryan Woltjen, Jesse Wood, Julie Reeves, Riley Brabin, Sanjiva Margio

Composer Lee Buddle

Lighting Designer Graham Walne

Stage Manager Jackson Harrison

Stage Manager: Jackson Harrison

Performers: Rebecca Bradley, David Vikman, Nick Pages Oliver

History and Performers

2017 In-theatre season, Dolphin Theatre, UWA
Allan Girod, Bec Bradley, Nick Pages-Oliver
2021 In-theatre season, Fremantle
Rebecca Bradley, David Vikman, Nick Pages-Oliver


“An active, inventive and entirely engaging world of shining torches, secret messages, shadow play, an ambitious snail, great audience interaction and a story that carries the implicit message of friendship.”

Sarah McNeill, The Post

★★★★★ – The Theatre Daily
★★★★ – The West

Creative Learning Activies

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Acknowledgement of Country

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land on which we work. As we tour our work across these vast lands, we pay our respect to all First Nations elders, past and present. We celebrate their continuing connection and contribution to culture, country and community, and thank all First Nations peoples for their wisdom in caring for the land, the sky, the rivers and the sea.