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Every Brilliant Thing: An Abbey Theatre production


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€22/€20 Conc. + €1 Booking fee
Duration: 75 minutes

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With an implacable smile, Conroy encourages and supports even the most reluctant of audience members to join her on stage in ancillary roles, and she meets their varied responses and enthusiasms with spontaneous, joyful improvisation. Irish Times (January 13th 2022)

An Abbey Theatre production
Every Brilliant Thing

Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Directed by Andrea Ainsworth

Start your new year with a play about all the things worth living for.

Amy Conroy stars in this new production of Duncan Macmillan’s worldwide smash Every Brilliant Thing.

You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.

You start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.

  1. Ice cream.
    2. Water fights.
    3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV.
    4. The colour yellow. The list keeps growing with you.
  2. Birdsong.
    1010. Reading something which articulates exactly how you feel but lacked the words to express yourself
    1092. Conversation.

Jump in and be part of the creative experience as the audience help tell this poignant and hilarious story. Talking honestly and compassionately about mental health, Every Brilliant Thing is an hour of uplifting humour.


Narrator: Amy Conroy
Duncan Macmillian
Andrea Ainsworth
Costume Design:
Donna Geraghty
Lighting Design:
Suzie Cummins
Sound Design:
Carl Kennedy

Every Brilliant Thing was first produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre, on 28 June 2013 at Ludlow Fringe Festival.

If you were affected by issues in the play and are in need of support and information please contact Samaritans Ireland on 116 123 (24-Hour Freephone Helpline).

Click HERE for a Director’s note and further information. 

the funniest play you’ll see about depression.’  The Guardian