Every Brilliant Thing
Made by TBTL Theatre by the Lake presents

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe Fri 8 - Sat 23 September | 7.30pm; with 2pm matinees on selected dates

“The funniest play you’ll see about depression” 4 stars,  Lyn Gardner, The Guardian 

You’re seven 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 worth living for.

1. Ice cream

2. Water fights

3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV

And as you grow, so does the list.

324. Nina Simone’s voice

761. Deciding you’re not too old to climb trees

1007. The fact that sometimes there’s a perfect song to match how you’re feeling


‘Every Brilliant Thing’ is an honest, uplifting and very funny play about mental health, resilience and the lengths we’ll go to for those we love. This life-affirming one-performer show is charmingly told with some help from the audience for a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience.

‘Every Brilliant Thing’ will tour venues around Cumbria, after it’s run here at Theatre by the Lake. Dates and tickets for the tour to be confirmed.