An Abbey Theatre production

Every Brilliant Thing

9 June - 1 July 2023

Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Directed by Andrea Ainsworth

Booking Information

Dates: 9 June – 1 July 2023
On the Peacock stage 

Tickets: €18 – €25 / €13 – 20 conc.

Running Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, no interval

Sign language interpreted performance: Saturday 24 June, 2:30pm

Back by popular demand: Amy Conroy in Every Brilliant Thing

A play about all the things worth living for, Amy Conroy returns in this not-to-be-missed 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.

31. 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.

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



‘It’s not often one leaves a theatre feeling as though the experience has been a privilege. But that’s the only way to describe Every Brilliant Thing.’
Sunday Independent

‘A magical, uplifting show... It is hard to imagine anyone not falling for its gentle inclusivity and for Conroy’s easy charm’
The Irish Times

This ‘ode to life’s joys is candid and compassionate... all eyes are on the irrepressible Amy Conroy’
The Guardian

‘A radiant light in the dark that is not to be missed’
The Arts Review

Digital Programme 

The digital programme is available to download here.

Production Imagery 


  • Narrator: Amy Conroy
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