ADAPTED BY RICHARD TULLOCH FROM THE NOVEL BY GUUS KUIJER
DIRECTED BY SOPHIE ROBERTS
AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

Hilarious, honest and beautifully rendered. I walked out with my heart singing. – The Guardian

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.

IN A NUTSHELL
Magical theatre / The power of the imagination / Bravery in a dark world

THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING is suitable for children nine years and older as it includes the theme of domestic violence. Parental guidance is recommended.

An Auckland Arts Festival and Silo Theatre Co-Production
With support from Creative New Zealand