Riverside Theatres presents
A Belvoir production
Every Brilliant thing
Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Director Kate Champion
Co-Director Steve Rodgers
A seven year old comes home from school to learn that Mum is in the hospital. Dad says “she’s done something stupid.” The child begins to create a list for Mum. A list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.
1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime to watch TV …
Twenty years and thousands of entries later, what began as a naïve attempt to make Mum happy becomes an epic chronicle of life’s little wonders. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday.
A smash-hit with audiences around the world, Every Brilliant Thing is a “funny, clever and surprisingly uplifting” (The Telegraph) one-person play about the lengths we go to for those we love. Produced by theatre companies everywhere, Riverside proudly welcomes the Belvoir production with Steve Rodgers as our narrator.
What the world has said about Every Brilliant Thing:
★★★★★ “Touching, funny and brilliantly simple stripped-back theatre that packs a powerful punch.” Limelight
★★★★★ “Engaging and empathetic… one of the best plays of the year.” – Now Magazine
★★★★ “Filled to the brim with joy…beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny.” Time Out London
★★★★ “Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” The Guardian
“Every Brilliant Thing may be the funniest show about depression you’ve ever seen… about finding reasons to live rather than reasons to die.” New York Post
“Genuinely wonderful and life affirming. It is impossible not to love.” A Young Theatre
“Bewitching … about as brilliant as theatre can get.” TalkinBroadway.com
Suitable for ages 14+
Dates & Times
Wednesday 3 April at 7:45pm
Thursday 4 April at 7:45pm
Friday 5 April at 7:45pm
Saturday 6 April at 2:15pm and 7:45pm
Please be advised this production contains references to self-harm and suicide. If Every Brilliant Thing raises any concerns for you following the performance, Lifeline offers a 24 hour counselling service and can be reached at 13 11 14. Additional information can be found at lifeline.org.au. Other services which may be of assistance include Beyond Blue (beyondblue.org.au or 1300 224 636) and Headspace (headspace.org.au) or consider speaking to your local GP.
Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation
Steve trained at Theatre Nepean at Western Sydney University and has been working as an actor for thirty years. Theatre credits include Cloudstreet, Twelfth Night, The Blind Giant Is Dancing, Night on Bald Mountain, The Pillowman, The Kiss, A Christmas Carol and Jasper Jones (Belvoir), Riflemind, Three Sisters, Dance Better At Parties, Democracy and As You Like It (Sydney Theatre Company), Dreams in White, Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography and Diving for Pearls (Griffin Theatre Company), Boys Next Door and A Street Car Named Desire (Ensemble Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra (Bell Shakespeare Company). Steve’s most recent television credits include Upright, Kikki and Kitty and The Code while film credits include Goldstone, The Daughter, The Men’s Group and the short Snare, which is off to SXSW film festival in Austin this year.
Steve’s writing credits include the plays Ray’s Tempest (Belvoir; MTC), Food (Belvoir/Force Majeure), Savage River (Griffin/MTC), and Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta) and most recently King of Pigs at the Old Fitz.
Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ 1/2 – “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.”
★★★★ 1/2 – “Ultimately this is a raw but heartfelt, life-affirming play, and one you won’t soon forget.”
★★★★ – “To direct a new audience in their performances every single night [is] an impressive feat, only surpassed by the play’s ability to take a difficult subject, expose it to the open air, and still create an affirming and brightly funny piece of theatre.”
★★★★★ – “This is a must-see show; one that will probably be talked about for years . . . and likely a theatrical experience you will never forget.”
“The play is brilliantly conceived and very-well written – its genius is in finding such an enthralling way to deal with the most serious of issues. Every Brilliant Thing tells us that we all deal with happiness, sadness and even more difficult things. It never dismisses any way of coping – or struggling – with what’s thrown at us.”