EBT+ What’s your Every Brilliant Thing?

EBT+ What’s your Every Brilliant Thing?

EBT+Plus celebrates all the brilliant things in the world, both at the theatre and online.

We have some extra special activities happening before and after the show and we’d love you to join us, scroll down for social media updates, post-show event details and to see the list of Brilliant Things as it grows with your contributions.

Every Brilliant Thing is a story about suicide and depression and this may start conversations, bring up more questions than answers and in reality be very upsetting for most of us. Every year 200,000 people attempt to take their lives, and every suicide affects, on average, 135 people. That means the chances are you will have experienced or been affected by suicide or depression in some way.  We’ve reached out to key organisations and individuals in our community to bring some of their skills and insights on how to manage both suicide bereavement and prevention in our own lives.

We’d also love to know what YOUR every brilliant thing worth living for is? If you want to share them with us, you can, let’s spread a bit of joy…

  • Head to our social media channels and comment on one of our posts
  • Create your own post on social media and tag us in @tbtlake and use #everybrilliantthing
  • Pop into the theatre and fill out one of our postcards and post it in the boxes provided
  • or send us an email to enews@theatrebythelake.com and we’ll add them for you

Inspired by our September production of Every Brilliant Thing, part of which is still featured in our Theatre, a wall of brilliant things! The technical team for A Little Princess are asked to share their brilliant things on the show report and it looks like this!

Show Team Daily Brilliant... Things:
Daymon: A fluffy crispy roast potato
Sophie: My brothers love for A Little Princess
Phil: The prospect of getting a new sound desk, not the action of getting a new sound desk, but the prospect.
Sara: Toasted cheese sandwiches
Missy: One more step till bed time

How brilliant is this! 🤩

🎭 Ft Ronny Jhutti as Ishan Ramdas
📸 @TheOtherRichard

#TBTL2023 #LetsCreate #CumbriaArts #ALittlePrincess #everybrilliantthing

We are so proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for Community Project of the Year at next year’s The Stage Awards with our production of Every Brilliant Thing, staged here and then on tour around Cumbria in Sep & Oct this year 🍾☀️

For Every Brilliant Thing, Theatre ...by the Lake worked in partnership with national and regional suicide prevention charities: Every Life Matters, Papyrus and Andy’s Man Club, and aimed to create space for and encourage conversation about suicide and suicide prevention, provide support for audiences and our local communities and raise awareness of this vital subject.

We also curated an innovative programme of post-show activity to enable reflection, connection and conversation about suicide and suicide prevention. EBT+Plus featured inspirational speakers including Andy Airey of 3 Dad’s Walking/Papyrus, Work in Progress performances that explore similar themes, Nature Walks, Knit and Natter sessions and several Q&A’s, where many audiences expressed the importance of taking this play into communities.

Find our more here 👉 https://bit.ly/TBTLNew (Or News link in our bio)

#thestageawards #tbtl2023 #everybrilliantthing #letscreate #cumbriaarts

What’s your brilliant thing?

 

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Find out more about Every Brilliant Thing and what people’s brilliant things are…

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Find out more about Every Brilliant Thing and find out what people's brilliant things are!

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Meet the Creative Team

A facilitated Q&A and a chance to have a chat and a cup of tea with the creative team, a chance to reflect on the performance the show and to ask questions about the making of the production.

Meet the Creative Team

A facilitated Q&A and a chance to have a chat and a cup of tea with the creative team, a chance to reflect on the performance the show and to ask questions about the making of the production.

Meet the Creative Team

A facilitated Q&A and a chance to have a chat and a cup of tea with the creative team, a chance to reflect on the performance the show and to ask questions about the making of the production.

Andy Airey

Andy lost his daughter Sophie to suicide in 2018. He joined with Mike & Tim, two other suicide-bereaved fathers, to become 3 Dads Walking, so far they have raised over £1million for PAPYRUS the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

Andy will be sharing his story with us after the opening performance of Every Brilliant Thing.

Andy Airey is one of the dads from 3 Dads Walking and trustee on the board of Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide.

Duration: 45 mins

Papyrus UK

PAPYRUS is a voluntary organisation committed to the prevention of young suicide and the promotion of good mental health and well-being.

 

Stefan Escreet

We hope you will come back and join two posties on their round in the round for Posties.

Local theatre company Ragged Edge are sharing some scenes from a new play they are making about the lives of postmen and women on the West Coast of Cumbria.

The company are keen to hear what you think about the ideas they are exploring and there will be a brief discussion with them after their sharing.

Stefan is a director, actor and radio producer. Before establishing Ragged Edge, he was the first Associate Director here at Theatre by the Lake where he directed over 40 productions and led on New Writing.

Stefan will be presenting Posties, a script-in-hand performance of scenes from the development of a new play inspired by his experiences as a temp postie on the West Coast during lockdown.

Eireann Devlin

Eireann is an actress and writer from Carlisle. She graduated from the Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company last year and her credits to date include ‘DNA’ (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich) and ‘The B@it’ (Channel 4). Eireann is extremely passionate about working in Cumbria and is delighted to be part of this project.

Toby Gaffney

Toby graduated from LAMDA so long ago now that it doesn’t bare thinking about. Recent notable credits include: Uncle Alan/Abel in Tom’s Midnight Garden for Theatre by the Lake – 2021, Bev in the short horror film “Kiddo” 2022 and several television episodes as Elliot Newell in “Coronation Street” – 2021-2022.

Julie Hesmondhalgh

For EBT+Plus, Julie will share a script-in-hand performance of her play These I Love based on a list created by her father.

Julie Hesmondhalgh is an actor, activist and writer. Best known for her previous roles in Coronation Street and Broadchurch (BAFTA nominated), Julie is also founder of 500 Acts of Kindness, a fundraising group supporting people and organisations in need, and cofounder of Take Back Theatre exploring social issues through theatre.

Julie Hesmondhalgh

For EBT+Plus, Julie will share a script-in-hand performance of her play These I Love based on a list created by her father.

Julie Hesmondhalgh is an actor, activist and writer. Best known for her previous roles in Coronation Street and Broadchurch (BAFTA nominated), Julie is also founder of 500 Acts of Kindness, a fundraising group supporting people and organisations in need, and cofounder of Take Back Theatre exploring social issues through theatre.

Julie Hesmondhalgh

For EBT+Plus, Julie will share a script-in-hand performance of her play These I Love based on a list created by her father.

Julie Hesmondhalgh is an actor, activist and writer. Best known for her previous roles in Coronation Street and Broadchurch (BAFTA nominated), Julie is also founder of 500 Acts of Kindness, a fundraising group supporting people and organisations in need, and cofounder of Take Back Theatre exploring social issues through theatre.

Knit and Natter

You are invited to join Charlie Sturrock for a Knit and Natter session. You can bring your own crochet and knitting. We will have some needles and wool available and Charlie will have a pattern you can use on the day that is designed for beginners or anyone that wants to join in. Everyone is welcome.

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Find out more here at CoCo Crochet

Emma McGordon

Emma is a multi-award winning spoken-word artist from Whitehaven, and a previous winner of the Julia Darling Fellowship and nominated for the Jerwood Compton Fellowship.

She is interested in the inherent truths and vulnerabilities that make us human. Emma will be performing from a series of “disconnected poems”. She is currently exploring that sometimes our sense of disconnection is what connects us.

Emma McGordon

Emma is a multi-award winning spoken-word artist from Whitehaven, and a previous winner of the Julia Darling Fellowship and nominated for the Jerwood Compton Fellowship.

She is interested in the inherent truths and vulnerabilities that make us human. Emma will be performing from a series of “disconnected poems”. She is currently exploring that sometimes our sense of disconnection is what connects us.

Vicki Boggon from  Every Life Matters and the Creative Team

Vicki is a support worker and coordinator of Every Life Matters, a Cumbrian suicide prevention and suicide bereavement support charity. Vicki will give the audience a chance to explore some of the myths and facts around suicide, what we can all do to play a part in preventing deaths by suicide, and a chance to learn more about the charity’s work.

Chris Wood from Every Life Matters

Chris is a co-founder and director of Every Life Matters, a Cumbrian suicide prevention and suicide bereavement support charity. Chris will give the audience a chance to explore some of the myths and facts around suicide, what we can all do to play a part in preventing deaths by suicide, and a chance to learn more about the charity’s work.

Nature walk with Associate Artist of Theatre by the Lake, Melina Barnett.

Join our Associate Artist Melina on Thursday, September 21st as she explores the question, “What is it about nature that makes us pause?” Spend an afternoon with Melina as we take a walk through nature and silently reflect and journal. This will be a meditative and introspective experience.

Please wear appropriate footwear, waterproofs and bring your own refreshments. We will provide paper, pens and a clipboard.

Duration: 45 mins 

Booking Required: Group size is limited to 8 people so please let us know if you would like to do the Nature Walk by emailing enquiries@theatrebythelake.com

Alternative Activity

For everyone else, Liz Stevenson will be presenting a facilitated Q&A and a chance to have a chat and a cup of tea with the creative team, a chance to reflect on the performance the show and to ask questions about the making of the production.

Meet the Director, Liz Stevenson, and the Actor, Andrew Turner.

A facilitated Q&A and a chance to have a chat and a cup of tea with the Liz and Andy with a chance to reflect on the performance the show and to ask questions about the making of the production.

Stefan Escreet

We hope you will come back and join two posties on their round in the round for Posties.

Local theatre company Ragged Edge are sharing some scenes from a new play they are making about the lives of postmen and women on the West Coast of Cumbria.

The company are keen to hear what you think about the ideas they are exploring and there will be a brief discussion with them after their sharing.

Stefan is a director, actor and radio producer. Before establishing Ragged Edge, he was the first Associate Director here at Theatre by the Lake where he directed over 40 productions and led on New Writing.

Stefan will be presenting Posties, a script-in-hand performance of scenes from the development of a new play inspired by his experiences as a temp postie on the West Coast during lockdown.

Eireann Devlin

Eireann is an actress and writer from Carlisle. She graduated from the Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company last year and her credits to date include ‘DNA’ (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich) and ‘The B@it’ (Channel 4). Eireann is extremely passionate about working in Cumbria and is delighted to be part of this project.

Toby Gaffney

Toby graduated from LAMDA so long ago now that it doesn’t bare thinking about. Recent notable credits include: Uncle Alan/Abel in Tom’s Midnight Garden for Theatre by the Lake – 2021, Bev in the short horror film “Kiddo” 2022 and several television episodes as Elliot Newell in “Coronation Street” – 2021-2022.

Knit and Natter

You are invited to join Charlie Sturrock for a Knit and Natter session. You can bring your own crochet and knitting. We will have some needles and wool available and Charlie will have a pattern you can use on the day that is designed for beginners or anyone that wants to join in. Everyone is welcome.

Duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Neil Waine from Andy’s Man Club

Neil is the director of Andy’s Man Club and will facilitate an informal discussion allowing audience to reflect on the production, and a chance to learn more about the charity’s work

Exhibition in our Gallery

We have an exhibition in our Mezzanine Gallery focuses on what brings us joy, curated from working with local communities and Cumbrian mental health support organisations Always Another Way (mental health support for young people and adults in Copeland and Allerdale), iCan (Cumbrian health and wellbeing group), Healthy Hopes Cumbria (health and wellbeing charity) and The Happy Mum's Foundation (Cumbrian maternal mental health group).

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