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Every Brilliant Thing

By Duncan Macmillan

With Jonny Donahoe

Season Finished
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

Dates & Times

Tangent Talk

Subscriber Briefing


Opening Night
Audio Described
Post-show Q&A


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

Show Information

Adult themes, references to self-harm and suicide.

If you or anyone you know needs support, Lifeline offers a 24 hour counselling service and can be reached at 13 11 14. Additional information can be found on their website, www.lifeline.org.au. Other services which may be of assistance include mental health advocacy organisation, Beyond Blue (www.beyondblue.org.au, 1300 224 636), and youth mental health foundation, Headspace (www.headspace.org.au).

Please contact us for more information.

Approx 80 minutes with no interval (subject to change).

Please note that due to the nature of this production, latecomers will not be admitted.

Creative Team

  • Director

    Yasmin Gurreeboo
  • Set & Costume Designer

    Kathryn Sproul
  • Lighting Designer

    Nic Mollison
  • Composer & Sound Designer

    Andrew Howard
  • Performer

    Jimi Bani

Dates & Times

Tangent Talk

Subscriber Briefing


Opening Night
Audio Described
Post-show Q&A


Single tickets are now on sale! Every Brilliant Thing will be performed “in the round” and limited stage seating is available for an immersive theatre experience. Select the Stage Seating option in the Stalls when booking tickets.

A limited number of seats are also available via Ticketek.

Save up to 20% on tickets by packaging 3+ mainstage shows in a 2023 Subscription.


Single Ticket Prices

Adult $75.00
Concession $65.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

Bookings via State Theatre Company South Australia ticketing incur a $8.95 transaction fee.
Bookings via Ticketek incur an $9.25 transaction fee.
Visit the Ticket Price page for the full list of subscription and single ticket prices.


Access Performances

Audio Described Performances and Pre-Show Briefing
Monday 8 May, 4.30pm (briefing), 5.30pm (performance) – click here to book

Audio Described Introductory Notes for Every Brilliant Thing:

Visit the Access page for more information on our Access Program.


Extended Pay What You Can and Rush Tickets
As a special offer for Every Brilliant Thing, we’ve extended our Pay What You Can and Rush Tickets programs to all remaining performances (excluding Opening Night and School Shows).

Pay-what-you-can tickets are available for people who hold a Healthcare Card or Pensioner Concession Card. Simply donate a minimum of $5 to attend any performance (excluding Opening Night). Pay-what-you-can tickets can be purchased at the venue box office from 60 minutes before the performance and must be paid for via credit/debit card as the venues are now cashless. Booking fees apply.

Company Rush tickets: Last minute tickets are available to all performances (excluding Opening Night) of Every Brilliant Thing at the box office 60 minutes before the show starts for only $39 (plus booking fee). Rush tickets can be purchased from the venue box office and must be paid for via credit/debit card as the venues are now cashless.


Tangent Talk

Get the story behind the story with our Tangent Talk series at the State Library of South Australia. Before you see the show, join us for a drink and panel discussion.
3 April

Subscriber Briefing

2023 Subscribers are invited to join us for an exclusive Subscriber Briefing to learn more about the creation of the show.
19 April

Post Show Q&As

We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.
8 May

School Shows

Every Brilliant Thing is State Theatre Company South Australia’s 2023 Education Show, supported by our Education Giving Circle.

Limited availability remaining for Every Brilliant Thing School Shows, check the Availability Page for more information or contact the Education team. Schools can also book in to general public evening performances, please contact education@statetheatrecompany.com.au for more information.

Click here for more information on Every Brilliant Thing School Shows

Click here for the Every Brilliant Thing Study Guide

Click here for all education resources relating to Every Brilliant Thing


Seating Plan

Click here to view the standard seating plan for the Space Theatre. For more detail, please contact our Ticketing team on 08 8415 5353.

Venue Access

This show will be performed at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre.

The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

Getting to the Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

For more information visit https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/

For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.