Every Brilliant Thing Event DatesTue 17 Aug 2021 ManPAC, Black Swan State Theatre Company and The Space Company Present

Every Brilliant Thing

Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe ADD TO FAVOURITES

One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression!

An internationally renowned hour of life affirming humour. Performed in-the-round, audiences become part of the story, playing fathers, lovers, and friends following one person’s life in the shadow of mental illness, guided by the incredible solo performance of Luke Hewitt. This joyous work shows us the miracles in life’s minutiae.

Let’s start way back when. Mum’s depressed – she’s in a place so dark it’s confronting for a child, so her son starts compiling a list of every brilliant thing in life – a child’s reasons to help mum keep going. Now it’s 20 years later and the child’s grown up. But he’s still compiling his list. What started as a naïve way of getting through the day has become a profound truth – that beauty and joy can be found in the everyday.

‘This gem of a show was designed to be uplifting, and it does it brilliantly. It is a pure celebration of life, played out in a simple, utterly surprising way.’

“One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” The Guardian

“Brilliant.” The Sydney Morning Herald

“This is a must-see show.” ArtsHub

“Incredibly uplifting, the audience drawn into a celebration of the things that make life worth living, in a beautiful piece of communal theatre.” Limelight

Duration 1 Hour 15 Min. No interval
Director Adam Mitchell
Writers Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Creative Team COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER Melanie Robinson LIGHTING DESIGNER Kristie Smith CAST Luke Hewitt

Recommended Age & Warnings
12+ References to self-harm and suicide.

Every Brilliant Thing