by Duncan Macmillan
with Jonny Donahoe

You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. 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. A new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.







"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


"Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting."

★★★★ The Telegraph


“A life-affirming gem… as profound a work as you are ever likely to experience on a New York stage.”



"Filled to the brim with joy...beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny."

★★★★ Time Out London


“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


"Genuinely wonderful and life affirming. It is impossible not to love."

★★★★ A Younger Theatre


“Bewitching…about as brilliant as theatre can get."


"Beautifully directed...perfectly cast...deeply personal. I defy anyone not to laugh and cry."

★★★★ WhatsOnStage


"joy and sorrow... a perfect balance."

★★★★ The Independent


"Absurdly cherishable...fantastically likeable."

★★★★ The Sunday Times


"A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living... you'll leave feeling elated."

★★★★ The Scotsman


"Immensely likeable...with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs."

★★★★ Evening Standard



“Best piece of theatre I have seen. Came out a sobbing mess. Utterly beautiful.”



“#EveryBrilliantThing is one of the most beautiful and heart-warming shows I’ve seen in a long time. Go!”



“Simple, honest, hilarious & devastating. Extraordinary.”



“I am declaring @painesplough’s #EveryBrilliantThing the best thing I’ve seen all festival.”



“Probably the most brilliant play I've ever seen. Genius. #EveryBrilliantThing.”



“My face hurts from smiling and my make-up is smudged from crying. #EveryBrilliantThing by @painesplough, just incredible.”




Jonny Donahoe





Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe



George Perrin


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04 - 29 August

@ Summerhall, Edinburgh

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07 September

Hazlitt Arts Centre, Maidstone

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08 September

Holybourne Theatre, Alton

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09 September

Connaught Studio, Worthing

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10 September

Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

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14 September

West End Centre, Aldershot

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15 September

The Continental, Preston

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16 September

Maltings Arts Centre, Berwick

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17 September

Selby Town Hall

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19 September

Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

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20 September

Ventnor Exchange, Isle of Wight

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21 September

Dorchester Arts Centre

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22 September

Chichester Showroom

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23 September

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

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24 September

Otley Courthouse

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