Every Brilliant Thing

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc., Mar 16, 2017 - Performing Arts - 41 pages
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.

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Duncan Macmillan Duncan's plays include: PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS (National Theatre, Headlong, West End); 1984, co-adapted from George Orwell’s novel and co-directed with Robert Icke (Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse, Almeida Theatre, West End, UK & International tours); EVERY BRILLIANT THING (Paines Plough, Pentabus Theatre, Barrow Street Theatre, International tours); LUNGS (Studio Theatre Washington DC, Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres, various productions worldwide); 2071 co-written with Chris Rapley (Royal Court, Hamburg Schauspielhaus); ATMEN (Schaubühne Berlin); THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (Salzburg Festival, Schaubühne Berlin, Barbican); REISE DURCH DIE NACHT adapted from Friederike Mayröcker, created with Katie Mitchell and Lyndsey Turner (Schauspielhaus Köln, Theatertreffen Berlin, Festival d’Avignon); WUNSCHLOSES UNGLÜCK adapted from Peter Handke (Burgtheater Vienna); MONSTER (Royal Exchange).

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