Théâtre en anglais : Every Brilliant Thing

Le Quai 22 (Université de Namur) et l'Université Purdue (USA) présentent "Every Brilliant Thing". Une pièce écrite par Duncan Macmillan et Jonny Donahoe, mise en scène par Anne Fliotsos, Professeure de théâtre (Purdue University). A hilarious and compassionate play about depression, resilience, and the lengths we will go to for those we love—told in collaboration with the audience.
  • Catégorie : Théâtre
  • Date : 06-03-2020 14:00 au 06-03-2020 16:00
  • Lieu : Espace culturel Quai 22 (UNamur)
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The Cast

Kristie Schuh (performer)
Adam Lewis (sound designer)
Anne Fliotsos, PhD (director)


The story

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

Every Brilliant Thing was first produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre on 28 June 2013 at Ludlow Fringe Festival.


About Duncan Macmillan

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and director. Plays include: Lungs (Paines Plough/Sheffield Crucible and Studio Theatre Washington D.C.), Platform (Old Vic Tunnels), Monster (Royal Exchange/Manchester International Festival), The Most Humane Way to Kill A Lobster (Theatre 503), I Wish To Apologise For My Part In The Apocalypse , So Say All of Us and Family Tree (all BBC Radio 4). Formerly Writer-in-Residence at Paines Plough and the Royal Exchange, he has completed attachments at the National Theatre and the Royal Court/BBC, is a member of the Old Vic New Voices Company and a fellow of the TS Eliot UK/US Exchange. He is the winner of two Bruntwood Playwriting Awards, the Old Vic Big Ambition Award, a Pearson Residency Award, 'The 50' Bursary, and has been nominated in the Best New Play category of the TMA and MEN Awards.



“[A] heart-wrenching, hilarious play…One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression—and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop…There is something tough being confronted here—the guilt of not being able to make those we love happy—and it is explored with unflinching honesty.” —The Guardian (UK).

“EVERY BRILLIANT THING finds a perfect balance between conveying the struggles of life, and celebrating all that is sweet in it.” —The Independent (London).

“What Macmillan offers, with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs, is a child’s fierce, flawed attempt to make sense of adult unhappiness and a meditation on the shadow that a loved one’s depression casts over the lives of a family.” —Evening Standard (London).

“…very charming…offers sentimentality without shame…guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming…[The script] balance[s] acuity and affability…with unobtrusive artistry…captivating…” —NY Times. “

[EVERY BRILLIANT THING] is sad, but it is also gloriously funny and exceptionally warm. It’s a show that spells out a little of what depression can do to people, but it also highlights the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday.” —Time Out (London)


Every Brilliant Thing is presented by special arrangement with Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited.


Informations pratiques

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