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Every Brilliant Thing

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State Theatre Company, South Australia

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80 minutes


$30 to $75

Event description

Sometimes the little things can create something big and beautiful.

A young boy attempts to bring his mother out of depression by making her a list of every brilliant thing in the world. Decades pass, the list grows and what was once a game eventually becomes a new way of looking at the world – a world where there is joy to be found in every corner of our world, if we can open ourselves to the possibility.

If you had to make a list, where would you start?
#1 Ice cream
#2 Water fights
#5 Things with stripes
#25 Wearing a cape
#314 The way Ray Charles sings the word ‘You’
#319 Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose
#823 Skinny Dipping
#9998 Watching someone watch your favourite film

Duncan Macmillan’s acclaimed interactive comedy about family, love, loss and hope has delighted and moved audiences across the globe and heads to Adelaide in a new production helmed by Yasmin Gurreeboo (Decameron 2.0) and starring Jimi Bani (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Mabo).

It’s raw, real and intimate and although it may seem like a solo work, this is a show that involves all of its audience (in a non-scary way, you’ll love it!) to build bridges and mend hearts.

“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

“This is a must-see show; a theatrical experience you will never forget.” Artshub

I first saw this charming, funny but deeply affecting show in its premiere New York season and was bowled over by its stealthy simplicity that puts you at ease in order to reach into your very core. Speaking of charm, Jimi Bani has it in spades. A natural storyteller and stage magician. A thrill to welcome Yasmin, the Artistic Director of acclaimed Adelaide company, ActNow Theatre, to make her mainstage directorial debut with us as well. Mitchell