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Every Brilliant Thing


Friday, May 5 and Saturday May 6, 2023 at 7 PM

Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2 PM

"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 (UK)

$30 General Admission

$25 Student, Senior, Artsworker

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the Show

This life-affirming solo piece is hysterically funny and deeply moving; an interactive experience, unlike anything you’ve seen before.


By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Produced by Rook's Theatre


You’re seven years old. Mom’s in hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for:

1. Ice cream.

2. Water fights.

3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV.

4. The colour yellow.

5. Rollercoasters.

6. Me.

You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own. The funniest play you will ever see about depression.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.


Content Warning: While Every Brilliant Thing is a celebration of all that is “truly brilliant” about the world around us, the play contains descriptions of depression, self-harm, and suicide.


If you or somebody you know is struggling, call Talk Suicide Canada at 1-833-456-4566.

About the Production

Featuring Stephanie Hope Lawlor

Director/Sound Design Luke Brown

For Rook's Theatre James Dowling

Community Care Collaborators everwell Counselling

Notes on Accessibility and Tickets

Please note that the Black Box Theatre is on the second floor of the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. The limitations imposed upon us by budget constraints and building design mean that Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts cannot provide the accessibility we would like at this time; however, we are working on methods to better serve patrons with all manner of disabilities and special needs. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.


Tickets are non-refundable. However, if the event is cancelled for any reason, ticket transfers/refunds will be offered to all patrons.

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