Duncan Macmillian’s play EVERY BRILLIANT THING to tour the UK

Every Brilliant Thing Duncan Macmillan

Following a second tour across Australia and New Zealand, the hugely acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan will return to Europe in May 2017. The European tour of Every Brilliant Thing will begin on 2 May at Quarry Theatre in Bedford before visiting over twenty-five venues across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.

Every Brilliant Thing is a global phenomenon. It has now been seen by over 42,000 people across the world and performed over 350 times across 3 continents and 9 countries. The production will celebrate another milestone on 17 May 2017 when, for the first time ever, it is performed simultaneously in Sheffield and Paris.

A play about depression and the ones we love, Every Brilliant Thing was developed by Duncan Macmillan (People Places and Things, 1984) with Paines Plough over a decade ago. Through the intervening years Every Brilliant Thing has had a number a guises including an exhibition, a Facebook group and an installation, before becoming a theatre production in June 2013. After performing to 7,500 people in the 2014/15 Off Broadway season, HBO broadcasted Every Brilliant Thing to huge acclaim across North America on 26 December 2016.

James Rowland has won acclaim during the Australia and New Zealand 2017 tour since picking up the mantle from the first brilliant thing Jonny Donahoe. James has previously performed across theatre, radio and television and most recently he has appeared in immersive theatre productions such as The Crystal Maze, Heist and You Once Said Yes. He has also performed musical comedy under the stage name ‘James Rowland’ and is a member of the cabaret band The Idiot Circus. He performed his debut storytelling show Team Viking in London and Edinburgh and won The Origins Award (Vault Festival, 2016).

You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy.

You make 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 and being allowed to watch TV
4. The colour yellow
5. Things with stripes
6. Rollercoasters
7. People falling over

A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.
Based on true and untrue stories.

Every Brilliant Thing is part of Paines Plough’s Programme 2017 which will see the company present some of the most exciting playwrights on tour to more than 60 places across the UK and around the world.

Every Brilliant Thing is supported by Anne McMeehan and Jim Roberts and was developed with the support of nabokov and the Jersey Arts Trust.


All dates will be performed by James Rowland apart from Théâtre des Ville, Paris which will be performed by Jonny Donahoe.

2 May
Quarry Theatre
Box Office: 01234 362 337

3 May
Harrow Arts Centre
Box Office: 0203 773 7161

4 May
Lakeside Theatre
Box Office: 01206 873 261

5 May
Cranleigh Arts Centre
Box Office: 01483 278 000

6 May
Studio 3 Arts
Box office: 0208 5947 136

8 – 13 May
Roundabout @ Canary Wharf
Enquiries: 020 7001 3016

16 May
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Box Office: 01970 623 232

17 May
Sheffield Theatres
Box Office: 0114 249 6000

17 May
Théâtre des Ville, Paris

19 May
The Corn Hall
Box Office: 01379 652 241

20 May
Jersey Opera House
Box Office: 01534 511 115

23 May
Marlowe Theatre
Box Office: 0122 778 7787

24 May
Marine Theatre
Box Office: 01297 442 138

25 May
The Spring
Box Office: 02392 472 700

26 – 27 May
The Edge
Box Office: 01612829776

30 May
Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival
Box Office: 01387 253 383

31 May – 1 June
Dundee Rep
Box Office: 01382 223 530

2 June
Brewery Arts Centre
Box Office: 01539 725 133

3 June
Nottingham Playhouse
Box Office: 0115 9419 419

6 June
Box Office: 01214 463232

7 – 8 June
Theatr Clwyd
Box Office: 01352 701521

10 June
Margate Theatre Royal
Box Office: 01843 292795

11 – 16 July
Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
Box Office: + 353 1 231 2929

18 – 19 July
Everyman, Cork
Box Office: +352 1 450 1673

20 July
Glór Theatre, Ennis, Co. Clare
+356 5 684 3103

21 July
An Grianán, Donegal
+35 3 749 120777