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Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

Drama | English | 14+ | 2hrs
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Written by Duncan Macmillian with Jonny Donahoe

Directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee

Performed by Vivek Madan

He is seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. She finds it hard to be happy. He makes a list to cheer her up.

1. Ice cream

2. Pillow fights

3. Superhero films

4. The colour yellow

5. Tom & Jerry

What would you put on your list?

Staged in an in-the-round setting, this moving and intimate piece invites you to share the joy found in everyday objects. An uplifting play about love, life, family, mental health and a list of all the wonderful things in the world!

Duration: 75 minutes, No interval. Suitable for ages 14+.

About the writer: 

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and theatre director whose plays include Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing and 2071 (all published by Oberon Books). His play People, Places and Things transferred from the National Theatre to the West End in 2016. Many of Macmillan's major plays take as their central theme a contemporary socio-political issue: Lungs explores parenthood, People, Places and Things addiction and recovery, and Every Brilliant Thing considers the issues of depressions and suicide.

Macmillan has described his reasons for writing the play as to communicate to people "You’re not alone, you’re not weird, you will get through it, and you’ve just got to hold on. That’s a very uncool, unfashionable thing for someone to say, but I really mean it. I didn’t see anyone discussing suicidal depression in a useful or interesting or accurate way.”


 About the director:

Quasar Thakore Padamsee and Udayan go a long way back. Since 1999, he has directed and produced over 25 plays with QTP; including A Peasant of El Salvador, Project S.T.R.I.P., So Many Socks, Minorities and many others about contemporary social concerns.

At present, he is also serving on the committee of Tata Literature Live! and writes a fortnightly column for The Asian Age.

He also works as a lighting designer, stage manager, conducts workshops and is a passionate crusader for the survival of theatre in the public consciousness.

About the Actor:

Vivek Madan is an actor and theatre producer based out of Bangalore.

In his theatre journey of just over twenty years, he has performed in plays like Martin Sherman's Bent, Robert Bolt's Man for All Seasons, Eric Idle's Spamalot and John Nicholson and Steve Canny's Hound of the Baskerville's among others. Apart from directing plays, Vivek has been Festival Director of Writers' Bloc 4 (2016) and the annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival (2018).

Praise for Every Brilliant Thing:

'Heart-wrenching, hilarious... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop’

- The Guardian

‘A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living... you'll leave feeling elated’

- The Scotsman

‘Extraordinary piece of inclusive, participative theatre’

- The Stage

‘It's the funniest play you're ever likely to see about depression, and also the most moving’

- British Theatre Guide

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