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Every Brilliant Thing


Sun 29 Nov 2020, 5:00pm–6:15pm
Tue 1 Dec 2020, 7:00pm–8:15pm
Wed 2 Dec 2020, 7:00pm–8:15pm
Thu 3 Dec 2020, 7:00pm–8:15pm
Sat 5 Dec 2020, 7:00pm–8:15pm
Sun 6 Dec 2020, 5:00pm–6:15pm Closing night

Where: Samoa House, 283 Karangahape Rd, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: M

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  • Adult (GA): $44.50 ($42.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Concession (GA): $41.50 ($39.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Under 30 (GA): $37.50 ($35.00 + $2.50 fees)
  • Preview (GA): $37.50 ($35.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Listed by: Silo Theatre

You’re seven years old. Dad’s picked you up late from school. He says that Mum’s done something stupid. That she’s hurt herself because she’s sad. So you start to write a list, on Post-it notes. A list of every brilliant thing in the world. Years pass, decades disappear, 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, Danielle Cormack, Jason Te Kare and Anapela Polata'ivao unite to bring Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed play back to New Zealand. Every Brilliant Thing is a warm, deep hug of a play, a story about depression, loss and finding all the beautiful things in your life – whether it’s ice cream, water fights or laughing so hard you snort milk through your nose.

A solo show starring Anapela Polata'ivao and Jason Te Kare in turn.

"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

★★★★1/2 “Brilliant” – The Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★1/2 “Beautiful… one you won’t soon forget” – Limelight

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 0800 What’s Up is a helpline for tamariki and rangatahi in Aotearoa, available seven days a week, 365 days a year (, 0800 942 8787). Other services which may be of assistance include mental health advocacy organisation, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (, and youth mental health organisation, Youthline (, 0800 376 633). You may also consider speaking to a trusted source or engaging your local GP.

The safety of the audience and our production team is Silo’s greatest priority. Silo Theatre is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will act promptly on any updated advice and restrictions from the Ministry of Health.

We undertake to provide refunds or transfers for ticket holders under the following circumstances:
- Should any performance be cancelled or postponed due to Covid related Government restrictions coming into effect.  
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are awaiting test results.
- If you have been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case or known or suspected case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your performance date.
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19.

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