Every Brilliant Thing
Written by Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahue.
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.