Hilarious, honest and beautifully rendered. I walked out with my heart singing- The Guardian
In a nutshell:
Magical theatre / The power of the imagination / Bravery in a dark world
Happiness begins with no longer being afraid.
Nine-year-old Thomas sees things that others don't — a plague of green frogs, a hailstorm in summer, tropical fish in the canals of Amsterdam. He?s keeping a diary, The Book of Everything, in which he records all that he sees. And one day, he writes his greatest wish: "When I grow up, I'm going to be happy."
It's 1951, and to escape a violent household with a bullying father, Thomas creates a magical world where anything is possible — odd encounters with Jesus, friendship with the witch next door and falling in love for the very first time. Eventually he starts to learn how to be brave.
Beautifully adapted from the novel by Guus Kuijer, The Book of Everything celebrates the limitless power of imagination and the heart.
A major new production from Silo Theatre, co-produced with the Auckland Arts Festival, this is theatre at its best for the whole family.
Recommended for ages 9+
The Book of Everything is suitable for children nine years and older as it includes the theme of domestic violence. Parental guidance is recommended.
PLUS - Post-show talk: Sunday 15 March 8PM, directly after the 6PM performance.
Here from Australia, playwright Richard Tulloch joins director Sophie Roberts to share their thoughts on the show.
Facilitated by Rachel House.
This talk is open to anyone with a ticket to THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING season.
Photograph: Alt Group
An Auckland Arts Festival and Silo Theatre Co-Production
Post-show talk TBC
Direction: Sophie Roberts
Performance: Mia Blake, Michelle Blundell, Tim Carlsen, Patrick Carroll, Sam Snedden, Rima Te Wiata, Olivia Tennet, Jennifer Ward-Lealand
Set Design: John Verryt, Costume Design: Kirsty Cameron, Sound Design: Thomas Press, Lighting Design: Sean Lynch