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Every Brilliant Thing

24 Nov 2020 - 06 Dec 2020


Tuesday 24 November 2020, 7.00pm - Tuesday 24 November 2020, 8.30pm

Wednesday 25 November 2020, 7.00pm - Wednesday 25 November 2020, 8.30pm

Thursday 26 November 2020, 7.00pm - Thursday 26 November 2020, 8.30pm

Friday 27 November 2020, 7.00pm - Friday 27 November 2020, 8.30pm

Saturday 28 November 2020, 7.00pm - Saturday 28 November 2020, 8.30pm

Sunday 29 November 2020, 5.00pm - Sunday 29 November 2020, 6.30pm

Tuesday 1 December 2020, 7.00pm - Tuesday 1 December 2020, 8.30pm

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 7.00pm - Wednesday 2 December 2020, 8.30pm

Thursday 3 December 2020, 7.00pm - Thursday 3 December 2020, 8.30pm

Friday 4 December 2020, 7.00pm - Friday 4 December 2020, 8.30pm

Saturday 5 December 2020, 7.00pm - Saturday 5 December 2020, 8.30pm

Sunday 6 December 2020, 5.00pm - Sunday 6 December 2020, 6.30pm

5 Nov - 6 Dec


Samoa House, 283 Karangahape Rd, Auckland City Centre

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  • General admission $45 
  • Concession $42
  • Under 30s $38
  • Preview $38


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 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.


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