Current Programme:

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company production

Every Brilliant Thing
by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

February 2016 - March 2017

Heart-wrenching, hilarious...possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see.
**** The Guardian


"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 new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

Based on true and untrue stories.

EVERY BRILLIANT THING is supported by Anne McMeehan and Jim Roberts and was developed with the support of nabokov and the Jersey Arts Trust.


Watch the trailer here.


"Heart-wrenching, hilarious...possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop."
★★★★ The Guardian

“Captivating…guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming… often very funny… takes the chill off the depths of a light-starved winter.”
New York Times

"Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting."
★★★★ The Telegraph

“A life-affirming gem… as profound a work as you are ever likely to experience on a New York stage.”

"Filled to the brim with joy...beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny."
★★★★ Time Out London

“Every Brilliant Thing may be the funniest show about depression you’ve ever seen… about finding reasons to live rather than reasons to die. And those reasons can be as minute as wearing a cape and as big as falling in love.”
New York Post

"Genuinely wonderful and life affirming. It is impossible not to love."
★★★★ A Younger Theatre

“Bewitching…about as brilliant as theatre can get."

"Beautifully directed...perfectly cast...deeply personal.  I defy anyone not to laugh and cry."
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

"Dual interest in joy and sorrow... a perfect balance."
★★★★ The Independent

"Absurdly cherishable...fantastically likeable."
★★★★ The Sunday Times

"A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living... you'll leave feeling elated."
★★★★ The Scotsman

"Immensely likeable...with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs."
★★★★ Evening Standard

★★★★ Theatre Extra

★★★★ EdFest

"It's achingly sad in places, touchingly sweet in others and just hilarious the rest of the time."
★★★★ Three Weeks

"Heart-wrenching and hilarious."
★★★★ Broadway World

"Superbly crafted... an extraordinary piece of theatre."
★★★★ UK Theatre Web

"Charming piece that reminds us of the undeniable power and immersion of live performance."
★★★★ TV Bomb

"Touching and astonishingly funny."
★★★★ Broadway Baby

"Jonny Donahoe is wonderful in his performance--brutally honest, yet bittersweet, warm and hilarious."
★★★★ Across The Arts

"Uproarious, glorious, joyful, life-affirming."
★★★★ ScotsGay

"Both serious and hilarious... a heartwarming show."
★★★★ Finacial Times

Production Photos: Michaela Bodlovic
Main Image
: Phoebe Cheong