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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.

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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

We are committed to delivering safe & enjoyable performing arts experiences.

Our venues and events are operating under COVID Safety measures in accordance with NSW Health guidelines. For more details, visit

The presentation of this show has been assisted by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

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