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Every Brilliant Thing

27 - 30 Oct

Hurt, hope & humour: a resonating celebration of the miracles in life’s minutiae.

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Performed in-the-round, with a special seating bank in the Wollongong Town Hall, Every Brilliant Thing is an hour of exalting, life affirming humour. This international sensation throws audience members into the story – as fathers, lovers, friends and allies – following one person’s life in the shadow of mental illness.

With his mother in hospital, a young boy constructs a list of little things to help her find a way to happiness. It starts with ice cream, Kung Fu movies, and Christopher Walken impersonations. This raw and interactive work runs the gamut from misery to ecstasy, encouraging laughter and reflection on what makes life worth living.

From the broad #4 “The Colour Yellow”, to the detailed #9998 “Watching someone watch your favourite film”, this work will remind you that even when faced with tragedy, joy can be found in the smallest things.

Save with a Merrigong Season Ticket!

This show is part of Merrigong’s Season 2021. To get the best seats and price, book a Season Ticket.

We are committed to delivering safe & enjoyable performing arts experiences, and have a COVID Safe Plan to help keep everyone safe that includes:

• Reduced capacities – up to 75% of our normal seating capacity. Empty seats are distributed throughout the theatre, however, you may have people seated next to you.
• Digital check-ins
• Additional cleaning and disinfecting of theatres and foyers
• Increased distance between performers and the audience
• Hand sanitising stations throughout our venues
• Trained staff to assist with COVID safety.

The use of face masks is encouraged.

When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well, and prepared to adhere to the safety practices of our venues. If you’re experiencing any COVID symptoms, even if they are very mild, please stay home and contact us prior to your event, and we will arrange a refund or exchange.

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  • 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

Cast & Creative

Director Adam Mitchell
Composer/Sound Designer Melanie Robinson
Cast Luke Hewitt
Photo by Richard Jefferson

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