A refreshing approach to telling stories around mental health, life and the lengths we will go to for those we love, Belvoir presents Every Brilliant Thing starring Kate Mulvany for a limited season from 8 March 2019.
Mum’s depressed – she’s lost in a place so dark she can’t see any reason to live. So, her daughter starts compiling a list of every brilliant thing in life, like roller coasters, friendly cats, staying up all night talking, and Christopher Walken’s voice. Every brilliant reason she can find to help mum stay alive.
Now it’s 20 years later and the daughter is grown up. And she’s still compiling her list. What started as a naïve way of getting through the day has become her foundation – finding magic in the mundane. The extraordinary in the everyday.
Written by Duncan Macmilllan with Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing is a unique, tender and delightfully funny play for a solo actor – who tells her story with the help of people in the audience, providing a unique experience every night!
Kate Mulvany is one of the nation’s most talented and in-demand actors and has previously thrilled Belvoir audiences in An Enemy of the People, Jasper Jones, The Seed, and Buried Child. She will be directed by three-time Helpmann Award winner, Kate Champion. Champion will be joined by Steve Rogers, whom she worked with on the hugely successful Food at Belvoir in 2013.
This outstanding trio will be supported by an equally notable creative team to bring Every Brilliant Thing to glorious life as theatre-in-the-round that will see a complete transformation of the Belvoir space – for the very first time, the stage will become circular, entirely surrounded by the audience, with Mulvany playing in close proximity to create a more intimate and unique Belvoir experience than ever before!
“One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.” – The Guardian
Director: Kate Champion Featuring: Kate Mulvany Co-Director: Steve Rodgers Set & Costume Designer: Isabel Hudson Lighting Designer: Amelia Lever-Davidson Sound Designer: Steve Francis Stage Manager: Bella Kerdijk
Every Brilliant Thing
Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir Street, Surry Hills
Season: 13 – 31 March 2019 (previews: 8 – 12 March)
Information and Bookings: www.belvoir.com.au
Every Brilliant Thing will also be presented at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta: 3 – 6 April with Steve Rodgers as the narrator.
Image: Kate Mulvany – photo by Daniel Boud
Warning: This production contains references to self-harm and suicide. If Every Brilliant Thing raises any concerns for you following the performance, Lifeline offers a 24 hour counselling service and can be reached at 13 11 14. Additional information can be found at lifeline.org.au. Other services which may be of assistance include Beyond Blue (beyondblue.org.au or 1300 224 636) and Headspace (headspace.org.au) or consider speaking to your local GP.