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Belvoir St. Theatre’s 2010 premiere production of The Book of Everything featuring Matthew Whittet (Thomas), Peter Carroll (Father), Claire Jones (Mother), Alison Bell (Margot), Genevieve Picot (Aunty Pie), Julie Forsyth (Mrs. Van Amersfoort), Andrea Dmetriades (Eliza), and John Leary (Lord Jesus). Photos by Heidrun Lohr.

The Book of Everything

Guus Kuijer, author
Richard Tulloch, playwright


99 pgs. 5 female, 3 male

Originally produced by Theatre of Image at Belvoir St Upstairs Theatre, Australia, in 2010

Run Time: 2 hours

Audience Recommendation: 9+


Nine year-old Thomas can see things no one else can: tropical fish thriving in the Amsterdam canals, trumpeting sparrows and even a hailstorm of frogs. He also sees the unhappiness of his family, the violence in his father, and the pain that lingers long after the war is over. All this – good and bad – he carefully records in his magical and hopeful Book of Everything.

 “It’s not quite right to say that “The Book of Everything” is one of the best children’s shows in town. It’s one of the best shows, period…Warm, witty, wise and wonderful.” -New York Post
“…this hilarious, honest and beautifully rendered play…is exemplary children’s theatre.” –The Guardian, UK
“…one of the most delightful family productions I have seen for many years.” –The Australian

*Winner of the 2015 AATE Distinguished Play Award

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $85 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote


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