Black Swan Theatre Company's
Every Brilliant Thing
By Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe
Performed in-the-round, by the incredible Luke Hewitt, Every Brilliant Thing is an hour of life-affirming humour. This international sensation throws audience members into the story as fathers, lovers, friends, and allies following one person’s life in the shadow of mental illness. From the broad #4 ‘The Colour Yellow’ to the detailed #9998 ‘Watching someone watch your favourite film’, this joyous and intimate work shows us the miracles in life’s minutiae.
Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. So I’m working on a list.
#1. Ice cream
#2. Water fights
Everything that’s brilliant about the world
#5. Things with stripes
#25. Wearing a cape
Everything that’s worth living for.
#314 The Way Ray Charles sings the word ‘You’
#319. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose
#823. Skinny Dipping
I’m going to try to get to one million
One of the funniest plays about depression – and possibly one of the funniest you’ll ever see, full stop
This is a piece that demands we pay attention. To ourselves, the person in the next seat, across the aisle and beyond, and to the small things that bring joy. Brilliant.
Sydney Morning Herald
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