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Every Brilliant Thing at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Every Brilliant Thing

The Edinburgh Festival and Off-Broadway hit Every Brilliant Thing is on tour to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in October.


Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company presents a heart-warming and heart-wrenching new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Based on true and untrue stories, Every Brilliant Thing is written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and directed by George Perrin.

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.

So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.

Everything that’s worth living for.

1. Ice Cream
2. Kung Fu Movies
3. Burning Things
4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose
5. Construction cranes
6. Me

You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling.

Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.


"Heart-wrenching, hilarious...possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see." - The Guardian

"Beautifully directed...perfectly cast...deeply personal.  I defy anyone not to laugh and cry." – What’s On Stage

“Captivating…guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming” – New York Times

"demonstrates why life is worth living... you'll leave feeling elated." - The Scotsman


Every Brilliant Thing is supported by Anne McMeehan and Jim Roberts and was developed with the support of nabokov and the Jersey Arts Trust.

Every Brilliant Thing can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Friday 16 October at 7.30pm, and Saturday 17 October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets, priced from £10 to £15, or £6 for under 30s on proof of ID, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com.

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