Every Brilliant Thing / charts the lengths we go to for those we love.

With his mother in hospital, a young boy constructs a list of little things to help her find a way to be happy. From ice cream and kung fu movies, to Christopher Walken’s voice and laughing so hard you shoot milk through your nose. Can this list help pull his mother from the suicidal depths of depression?

Twenty years and thousands of entries later, the list will take on a life of its own.

In this raw, real and intimate piece of theatre, what begins as a naïve way of dealing with tragedy becomes a life-long reminder that joy can be found in the seemingly insignificant – that the unremarkable can, in fact, become something quite remarkable.

Performed by British comedian Jonny Donahoe, this heart-wrenching comedy will make you laugh until you understand why you cry. From critically acclaimed seasons in Edinburgh and New York, Melbourne audiences will now have the chance 
to construct their own list of all the brilliant things / worth living for.

"TOUCHING, FUNNY AND BRILLIANTLY SIMPLE STRIPPED-BACK THEATRE THAT PACKS A POWERFUL PUNCH"
— Limelight Magazine
"ONE OF THE FUNNIEST PLAYS YOU’LL EVER SEE ABOUT DEPRESSION—AND POSSIBLY ONE OF THE FUNNIEST PLAYS YOU’LL EVER SEE, FULL STOP"
— The Guardian

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production in association with Jersey Arts Trust and Nabokov.

Key image: Andrew Gough

WRITTEN BY /

Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

DIRECTION / 

George Perrin

PERFORMED BY / 

Jonny Donahoe

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7pm, Tue 8 Mar
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Wed 9 Mar

Location

Beckett Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

60 minutes

WARNINGS / 

Contains material referencing mental illness and self-harm*

*Some scenes in this production make reference to mental illness and self-harm. If tonight’s production raises any issues for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24/7). Further resources are also available at lifeline.org.au. For more information about mental illness, contact beyondblue on 1300 224 636, go to beyondblue.org.au or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.