• Drama
  • By Paines Plough
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
  • Summerhall, Edinburgh
  • Until 28 August 2016
  • Review by Pauline Flannery
  • 22 August 2016
Every Brilliant Thing
4.0Reviewer's Rating

Every Brilliant Thing is Duncan Macmillan’s poignant script about coping with suicide: a young boy makes lists for his mother as to the reasons why she should live. As he grows up the list gets longer and longer to become a life-affirming exercise.

The roundabout’s circular, bare stage takes no prisoners, and Jonny Donahoe performs ‘the son’ with candid sincerity. Yet he beguiles the audience with their pre-written practical, whimsical pithies, which dilute potential mawkish moments. Other audience members are called upon to be a vet, his dad, his school counsellor and Sam, his first love.

This is engaging, interactive theatre, and given the subject matter, goes some way to healing a deep trauma.


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