Every Brilliant Thing


“The funniest play you’ll see about depression”

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“The funniest play you’ll see about depression”  ★★★★  Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. She finds it hard to be happy.

So you start to 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

And as you grow, so does the list.

324. Nina Simone’s voice

761. Deciding you’re not too old to climb trees

1007. The fact that sometimes there’s a perfect song to match how you’re feeling

‘Every Brilliant Thing’ is an honest, uplifting and very funny play about mental health, resilience and the lengths we’ll go to for those we love. This life-affirming one-performer show is charmingly told with some help from the audience for a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

Every Brilliant Thing is by Bruntwood Award winning playwright Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things; Lungs) with actor, comedian and writer Jonny Donahoe. It was originally developed by Pentabus and Paines Plough and performed by Jonny Donahoe at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in New York and on tour across the UK.

Theatre by the Lake’s production is directed by Artistic Director Liz Stevenson, who recently directed the theatre’s productions of The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Home, I’m Darling. It is performed by Andrew Turner, whose credits include Frantic Assembly’s I Think We Are Alone, and film and television roles including Macduff in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Darryl Cudlip in Father Brown (BBC) and Christian Gatley in Coronation Street (ITV).

Content Advice: Every Brilliant Thing is about resilience and hope and addresses aspects of mental health. It deals specifically with depression, self-harm and suicide.

Suitable for: Age 14+

Please note we don’t offer refunds. NB Booking Fee applies.


September 29, 2023
7:30 pm
£14.00 – £16.00
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The Beggars Theatre
Market Square
Millom, Cumbria LA18 4HZ United Kingdom
01229 775677
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