Rules are useful for all making wok, whether audiences, performers or other production staff. When you start out in the wide world of making you mightn't know what they are or where to find them. Once you find them, you might not want to follow them but instead make up your own.

The creative process is often iterative and especially when making new forms, making mistakes and making it up as you go along is invaluable. Part of growing up as a company involves getting better at establishing or following rules.

Whatever your rules, share them with all important to making or experiencing the work. You need to decide how much you want to tell the audience versus how much you need to tell them. Rules should engender a positive experience for all, it's difficult when it's a list of don't but confusing if you're not clear. Audiences find it hard to process info about experiences, be succinct and communicate important info at every point that is appropriate without overbearing or taking the fun out of something that should be enjoyable.

Discussion about when and where to outline rules or expectations in work, some opting to do out of world and others in world.

Can you flip a ruleset in wold? Yes, how do you re-establish the rules of engagement?

Immersive theatre is often shrouded in secrecy, this works well for the art and protecting audience experience, but we need to get better about sharing how we make work, communicating our approach to safeguarding and also get better about talking about work within the sector, companies need to move away from working in isolation.

Most important points to come out the session (IMO).

- Rules and only as strong as your protocols and your integrity to follow these through.
- Rule 1: Don't be a D*&K, Rule 2: Don't be a Wuss (creatively)