EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan, with Jonny Donahoe
Founded in 1974, Paines Plough specialises exclusively in commissioning and producing new plays, and has produced more than 150 new works by seminal writers such as Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, David Harrower, Enda Walsh, Simon Stephens and Mike Bartlett. The company has toured those plays to hundreds of places – from Manchester to Moscow – in spaces ranging from large and small-scale performance spaces to music festivals and nightclubs, and now also present their work in their very own award-winning pop-up theatre Roundabout.
When a six year-old boy’s mother tries to end her life, he starts a list of all the brilliant things in the world for her. This is award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan’s poignant starting point for Every Brilliant Thing – a funny and heart-warming one-man show, based on true and untrue stories – which charts the journey of that list and its impact on the characters we meet. Performed by stand-up comedian Jonny Donahoe, who genuinely embraces the audience in a wonderfully inclusive theatrical experience, the show at its heart is a human story that confronts tough subjects: depression and our inability at times to make those we love happy.
In the press
“Heart-wrenching, hilarious… possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop” ★★★★ The Guardian
“Captivating… guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming… often very funny… takes the chill off the depths of a light-starved winter” New York Times
WriterDuncan Macmillan, Jonny Donahoe
Number of people on stage1
Number of people in touring company2 (1 performer, 1 stage manager)
One medium sized cardboard box containing paper, one portable keyboard, extra paper (dependant on list entries).
Touring AvailabilityFrom 2016
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400),
Minimum performance space5m x 5m (or 4.5m diameter in the round)
Text-basedDense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
VenueRoundabout 26a, Summerhall
Production dates8 – 30 AUGUST (not 11, 18 and 25 AUGUST)
Production times1405 – 1505
Contact for touring
+44 (0)207 2404533
+44 (0)7894 403336
Paines Plough offers a selection of bespoke wrap-around events, including the rolling project COME TO WHERE I'M FROM in which local playwrights write and perform their own work about their home town, and the INSIGHTS programme which demystifies the professional theatre-making process through both remote digital and physical practical resources, including post-show discussions, pre-show workshops, blogs, podcasts, photo galleries and video channels.
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