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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.

British actor James Rowland takes on the role that earned a string of awards and nominations including New York’s Drama Desk Award. This fabulous, intimate and poignant show is an unforgettable experience for adults and teenagers alike.

By Duncan Macmillan
With Jonny Donohoe

Starring James Rowland

Genuinely wonderful and life affirming. It is impossible not to love. A Young Theatre 
“Heart-wrenching, hilarious ... possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” The Guardian 
“It could probably run … until the end of the century, and still there would be a demand for this extraordinary, absurdly uplifting piece.”
The Guardian
“Bewitching … about as brilliant as theatre can get. TalkinBroadway.com
Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting. The Telegraph 

See more of Every Brilliant Thing on YouTube.


    Please arrive on time, no latecomers will be admitted to the performance once it has begun.


    Contains themes of mental illness and self-harm. Recommended for patrons aged 12 years of age and older

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Presented by QPAC, Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre Company

Pricing Guide


^Concession: pension and senior card holders

^^Full-time students

^^^Only available for the preview performance on Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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Artist Bio

  • James Rowland

    James has performed in theatre, radio and television. Recently he has done lots of immersive theatre including The Crystal Maze, Heist and You Once Said Yes. He has also performed musical comedy under the stage name ‘James Rowland’ and is a member of the cabaret band The Idiot Circus. He performed his debut storytelling show Team Viking in London and Edinburgh and won The Origins Award (Vault Festival, 2016).


"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." By New York Post

"Filled to the brim with joy...beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny." By Time Out London