Esplanade Presents

Theatre | Dance | Storytelling

Every Brilliant Thing

An Esplanade Co-Production
by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe\n Translated, Directed and Performed by Oliver Chong\n The Finger Players (Singapore)

24 Mar 2022, Thu, 4pm

26 Mar 2022, Sat, 4am

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1hr 20mins

(Intermission: 1 x 1666hrs 40mins)

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About the Event

“If you live a long life and get to the end of it without ever once having felt crushingly depressed, then you probably haven’t been paying attention.”

When I was seven
I made a list of all the good in the world
Every brilliant thing worth living for
It was a gift for my mother
I hoped she would find a reason to live

A man, a list, a million brilliant things.
A healing journey with me, navigating the struggles of life with abundant laughs.

Following Roots and A Fiend’s Diary, Every Brilliant Thing is Oliver Chong's next one-man show.

In this new year of 2022, The Finger Players celebrates all that is sweet in the everyday with you.


Following his award-winning Roots and A Fiend’s Diary, Core Team Member of The Finger Players, Oliver Chong’s next one-man show of the year – Every Brilliant Thing.

Every Brilliant Thing follows the journey of a boy’s relentless attempt at preventing his mother from committing suicide with all the good in the world. He shares with an open heart, leading audiences into his life. At times, the audience will be invited to participate by taking on different characters in his story. It is an invitation to its audience to laugh with him, with the weight of life.

Created by contemporary British playwright Duncan Macmillan, with comedian Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing has since embarked on a world tour after the nomination for a Drama Desk Award at its premiere in 2013, and a rapturous reception from audiences and critics alike at the Edinburgh Festival in 2014.

Playwright: Duncan Macmillan (UK)
Translator: Oliver Chong
Director: Oliver Chong
Actor: Oliver Chong


Pre-show Important Notice:
The performance of Every Brilliant Thing has varying degrees of audience engagement, while still keeping to safe distancing measures. By purchasing a ticket to this performance, you confirm that you agree to being part of this experience. Please arrive 30 minutes before the show for a pre-performance briefing.  

From 1 Jan 2022, there will no longer be a concession for unvaccinated individuals to perform Pre-Event Testing in lieu of being fully vaccinated. All patrons (except for children aged 12 and below) need to be fully vaccinated# against COVID-19.

#Full vaccination refers to: 
• having received the appropriate regimen of World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines including their respective duration post-vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective, and had their vaccination records ingested in MOH’s national IT systems
• recovery from a COVID-19 infection within the last 180 days 

All patrons are required to do SafeEntry check-in at the venue via the TraceTogether app (version 2.11 and above) or token only. Other modes of SafeEntry check-in will not be accepted.

Recommended Age: 6 – 9 with an accompanying parent/guardian above ages 16.
Admission Age:
Language: Mandarin
Surtitle Language: English, Malay
Subtitle Language: Tamil
About the Artists

The Finger Players

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The Finger Players is Singapore’s leading theatre company, best known for its inventive fusion of puppetry elements into visually arresting productions and its strong advocacy of puppetry.

Founded in 1999, The Finger Players strives to be a centre of research and development for the creation and performance of puppetry in Singapore. The company became the country’s first arts collective to operate on a rotating artistic director model. Each Artistic Director helms the fort for a stipulated tenure, with support from a team of core members who have been integral to The Finger Players since its inception.

The company currently operates three branches, namely the: 

1) Main Season 
2) International Season  
3) and Outreach Season.

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The Finger Players is Singapore’s leading theatre company, best known for its inventive fusion of puppetry elements into visually arresting productions and its strong advocacy of puppetry.
Date & Time


24 Mar 2022, Thu


Esplanade Theatre


Esplanade Theatre

26 Mar 2022, Sat


Tickets and Prices
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Cat 1 - $30 $30 $30 $30

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