Black Swan State Theatre Company’s heartwarming comedy Every Brilliant Thing will shatter mental health taboos in the Pilbara when it arrives in the region this month as part of an Australia-wide tour. Dubbed “one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression”, the award-winning production directed by Adam Mitchell aims to start a conversation about mental health in a lighthearted way. Residents will also have a chance to get involved in the action, with a rotating cast including audience members. Actor Jonny Donahoe said the Edinburgh Fringe award-winning play took an often stigmatised issue and encouraged the audience to reflect and engage in a difficult topic. “We wanted to talk about depression and I think the only way you can really do that is to laugh and to share and be joyful,” he said. “That’s the intention of the show, to be communal and funny about something that is hard to talk about. “I’m British, and we are renowned for being buttoned up and not being able to communicate our feelings, but that seems to be true of everyone about depression. There is such a stigma on mental health, and wherever you go people find it almost impossible to share and talk about it.” The play follows Donahoe’s character as he grapples with the suicide of his mother by making a list of all the brilliant things about living, which changes and grows as he gets older. “As a little boy he is listing ice-cream and water fights ... realising he will never have to sit another exam,” Donahoe said. The characters in the play change over time, with Donahoe inviting the audience to be involved in the action. “It sounds more daunting than it is. It’s actually quite fluid ... what you do is actually start chatting to people and bring them on and get them to do different things,” Donahoe said. “It means you have a large cast with you at all times just by involving members of the audience.” He said he hoped it encouraged audience members to start a conversation with a loved one or reflect on their own feelings. “I think people find it (the play) very joyful and quite affecting because we do talk about it (depression) in a fun way and it is therefore much easier to deal with,” Donahoe said. “The most important thing — and the play says this — is that when it comes to mental health you should talk to people and seek all the help you possibly can.” Every Brilliant Thing will be on at Karratha’s Red Earth Arts Precinct on August 6 and 7, and at Port Hedland’s Matt Dann Theatre on August 13.