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Every Brilliant Thing

Written by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahue.


A play about depression, resilience, and the lengths we will go to for those we love – and it enlists you, the audience, to tell this heartfelt story.

Every Brilliant Thing is about resilience and hope and addresses aspects of mental health. When Mum’s in the hospital and Dad says she finds it hard to be happy, there’s not much a seven year old can do…
1. Ice cream

2. Water fights

3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV

These are the first three items on a list of every brilliant thing in the world worth living for. Duncan MacMillan’s play Every Brilliant Thing pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to be a child of a suicidal mother and the lengths we go for those we love.

The story explores depression and hope, uncertainty and change, confusion and joy, heartbreak and anger, relationships and solitude, risk and resistance, guilt and forgiveness. Throughout, The Storyteller interacts with audience members to tell about life with their mother’s depression as a backdrop, including the effects it has on their life and relationships.

Every Brilliant Thing is a life-affirming story of how to achieve hope through focusing on the smallest miracles of life.

Age Guidance 14+ Contains adult themes.

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