You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for.
1. Ice Cream
2. Kung Fu Movies
3. Burning Things
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
5. Construction cranes
You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.
A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Based on true and untrue stories.
Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe. A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre production.
Every Brilliant Thing is supported by Anne McMeehan and Jim Roberts and was developed with the support of nabokov and the Jersey Arts Trust.
★★★★ The Guardian - “Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see.”
★★★★ The Telegraph - “Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting.”
★★★★ Time Out London - “Filled to the brim with joy…beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny.”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage - ”Beautifully directed…perfectly cast…deeply personal. I defy anyone not to laugh and cry.”
★★★★ The Independent - “Dual interest in joy and sorrow… a perfect balance.”
★★★★ The Sunday Times - ”Absurdly cherishable…fantastically likeable.”
★★★★ The Scotsman - ” A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living… you’ll leave feeling elated.”
★★★★ Evening Standard - ”Immensely likeable…with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs.”
New York Times “Captivating…guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming”
NY1“A life-affirming gem… as profound a work as you are ever likely to experience on a New York stage.”