Every Brilliant Thing
BY DUNCAN MACMILLAN WITH JONNY DONAHOE
9 October 2017 — 28 October 2017
★★★★ Guardian ★★★★ Sunday Times ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★ The Independent ★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ WhatsOnStage ★★★★ Financial Times ★★★★ The Scotsman
The worldwide smash hit comes to the Orange Tree for its first major London run starring Jonny Donahoe.
You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.
You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.
1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV
4. The colour yellow
5. Things with stripes
7. People falling over
A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
Based on true and untrue stories.
★★★★ “Heart-wrenching, hilarious... possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” The Guardian
★★★★ “Filled to the brim with joy...beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny.” Time Out
★★★★ “Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting.” The Telegraph
“Every Brilliant Thing may be the funniest show about depression you’ve ever seen… about finding reasons to live rather than reasons to die. And those reasons can be as minute as wearing a cape and as big as falling in love.” New York Post
Olivier Award-nominated Duncan Macmillan’s plays include People, Places and Things, Lungs and 1984.
Jonny Donahoe returns to the Orange Tree after his sell-out performances with Jonny & the Baptists.
Directed by George Perrin, whose directing credits include Sea Wall by Simon Stephens, The Initiate by Alexandra Wood and Good With People by David Harrower.
Running time approx 1 hour, no interval
Recommended for ages 14+
A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production