"One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop..." – The Guardian
"I leave the theatre immediately curious to seek a second viewing." – Theatreview
You’re seven years old. Dad’s picked you up late from school. He tells you that Mum’s done something stupid: that she’s hurt herself because she’s so sad. You start to write a list. It’s a list of every brilliant thing in the world. Years pass, decades disappear, the world evolves, and the list takes on a life of its own — because there are plenty of brilliant things in the world, if you just know where to look.
An international sensation since its world premiere in 2014, Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed play returns to Aotearoa following a 2020 season met with countless standing ovations. Silo Theatre brings Every Brilliant Thing to Whangārei and Rawene for a strictly limited season performed by the trailblazing Jason Te Kare.
Every Brilliant Thing is a warm, deep hug: a story about depression, loss, and discovering all the beautiful moments in life — whether it’s ice-cream, bumper boats, stuffing from a hangī, or peeing in the sea when nobody knows.
"Must-see theatre." – Theatreview
Please Note: Every Brilliant Thing contains adult themes and references to self-harm and suicide and is recommended for ages 15 and above.
If Every Brilliant Thing raises any concerns for you following the performance, Lifeline Aotearoa offers a 24/7 helpline and textline counselling service and can be reached at 0800 543 354 or text HELP (4357) for free, 24/7, confidential support. Additional information can be found on their website www.lifeline.org.nz. 0800 What’s Up is a helpline for tamariki and rangatahi in Aotearoa, available seven days a week, 365 days a year (www.whatsup.co.nz, 0800 942 8787). Other services which may be of assistance include mental health advocacy organisation, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (www.mentalhealth.org.nz), and youth mental health organisation, Youthline (www.youthline.co.nz, 0800 376 633). You may also consider speaking to a trusted source or engaging your local GP.