Theatre & Dance

Paines Plough: Every Brilliant Thing 

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  • Duration60
  • Price10 - 12
  • Age14+

Tue 6 Jun | 8.30pm | Tickets £12 (£10) | Foyle Studio | Age 14+

A Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Production. Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe. Performed by James Rowland.

The worldwide smash hit is back on tour.

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.

Join the conversation #EveryBrilliantThing.

"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." ★★★★


"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

“A heart-warming show.” ★★★★

Financial Times

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

Three Weeks

"Superbly crafted... an extraordinary piece of theatre." ★★★★★

Broadway World

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


“This can be summed up in one word: brilliant.” ★★★★★

Theatre Extra

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

UK Theatre Web

"Touching and astonishingly funny." ★★★★

TV Bomb

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

Across The Arts

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


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

Broadway Baby

Paines Plough

Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. We commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon.

"The lifeblood of the UK’s theatre ecosystem"

The Guardian​

Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then we’ve produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Manchester to Moscow to Maidenhead.

"That noble company Paines Plough, de facto national theatre of new writing"

The Daily Telegraph​

Our Programme 2015 saw 12 productions by the nation’s finest writers touring to 84 places from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands; in village halls and Off-Broadway, at music festivals and student unions, online and on radio, and in our own pop-up theatre Roundabout.

With Programme 2016 we continue to tour the length and breadth of the UK from clubs and pubs to lakeside escapes and housing estates. Roundabout hosts our most ambitious Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme ever and brings mini-festivals to each stop on its Autumn tour. We’re extending our digital reach by live streaming shows and launching our free Come To Where I’m From app featuring over 100 audio plays.

"I think some theatre just saved my life"

@kate_clement on Twitter​

Find out more about Paines Plough on their website, Facebook and Twitter.


We are the nation’s rural theatre company.

Our mission is to develop and produce quality new theatre about the contemporary rural world. To tour the country with plays that have local impact and national resonance. To turn up in people’s village halls, theatres and digital backyards, connecting audiences nationwide.

Over four decades we’ve produced 150 new plays, supported 100 playwrights and reached over half a million audience members. We’ve won awards, pioneered live-streaming and developed a ground-breaking initiative to nurture young writers from rural backgrounds.

Over the next four decades we’ll tour further than ever before, work with new and established playwrights, extend our young writers’ programme and continue to push at the boundaries of what theatre can be.

Pentabus is a registered charity (number 287909). We rely on the generosity of our donors, small and large, to help us to make brilliant new theatre.

"Theatre company Pentabus skilfully shatters any image of sleepy, bucolic England"

The ArtsDesk​

"Bold"... "Provocative"... "Intelligent."

Time Out​

"Other organisations may easily borrow the perfect pattern provided by Shropshire’s pioneering Pentabus."

Chris Eldon Lee, Virtual Shropshire

Find out more about Pentabus on their website, Facebook and Twitter.

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