December 3 - 22, 2019

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Show Info

“If you’ve finally had your fill of “It’s a Wonderful Life” but are still in search of seasonal catharsis, might I suggest a very charming alternative, one that offers sentimentality without shame? It’s called “Every Brilliant Thing,” and it’s pretty much guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming.” —NEW YORK TIMES

★★★★★ “heart-wrenching, hilarious…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

★★★★ “Funny, clever and surprisingly uplifting.” —TELEGRAPH, UK

“Filled to the brim with joy…beautiful, heart-wrenching and very funny.” —TIME OUT LONDON

“A life-affirming gem…as profound a work as you are ever likely to experience…” —NY1

“Every Brilliant Thing is evidence, which we may need, that life matters, and that theatre matters.” —FUSE

Everything worth living for.

She writes lists. Lists that she hopes will inspire her mother to see the joy in life. She’s been writing these lists since she was seven. A heartrending and hopeful play about the lengths we go to for those we love. In a transformed Belfry – with the help of you, the audience – she will deliver a list of all the things that make life worth living, starting with ice cream.


This is simply one of the most moving pieces of theatre I have ever seen. It is so full of life, and pain, and joy, and yearning – it overflows with humanity. And its remarkable use of the audience as participants in the storytelling makes for a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. —MS


Relaxed Performance – Wednesday, December 11 at 1 pm

VocalEye – Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm


Trailer – Every Brilliant Thing

EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe from Belfry Theatre on Vimeo.

B4Play Podcast – Every Brilliant Thing


Cast & Artists

    • Dawn Petten
    • Her
    • Duncan Macmillan
    • Playwright
    • Jonny Donahoe
    • Playwright
    • Estelle Shook
    • Director
    • Kerem Çetinel
    • Lighting Designer
    • Brian Linds
    • Sound Designer
    • Christopher Sibbald
    • Stage Manager
    • Becca Jorgensen
    • Apprentice Stage Manager
    • Lancelot Knight
    • Assistant Sound Designer (participation made possible through the Belfry’s Indigenous Learning Exchange Program.)