Every Brilliant Thing

Metro Arts Every Brilliant Thing Jason KlarweinEmbark on an uplifting theatrical journey of all the magical and mundane moments that make life worth living as Metro Arts and THAT Production Company presents Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan, in the New Benner Theatre this October.

Every Brilliant Thing promises a poignant yet buoyant interactive theatrical experience that invites audiences to consider the small joys and everyday moments of beauty that make life brilliant.

A new remount by Ipswich-based THAT Production Company of the acclaimed UK play, Every Brilliant Thing traverses family, love, loss and hope from the perspective of a child who compiles a list of worthwhile moments to help their depressed mother.

It’s an intimate piece of storytelling that is equal parts whimsical and movingly nostalgic and reinforces our shared similarities, worries and joys.

THAT Production Company Artistic Director Timothy Wynn (Yielding, Kill Climate Deniers, Seawall) described the beloved play as heart-warming, honest and hopeful.

“Audiences can expect storytelling at its most essential – this play offers an authentic, engaging and entertaining experience while discussing some of the more challenging yet totally universal elements of living,” said Wynn.

Lead actor Jason Klarwein (Once in Royal David’s City, Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire) highlighted the bond between the audience and the performer that makes every show different.

“Essentially, this is a play that really connects with the audience – there is no line here. It leaves audiences with a slight transformational quality and I think that is why it has been so popular around the world,” said Klarwein.

Metro Arts CEO and Artistic Director Jo Thomas applauded Director Timothy Wynn’s tenacity to bring this big-hearted and surprising show to life for Brisbane audiences.

“Jason Klarwein will be on stage for this work, which offers a new way of looking at the world as you make a list of every brilliant thing. If you had to make a list, what would be on it?” said Thomas.

“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: Timothy Wynn | Performer: Jason Klarwein | Alternate Performer: Tom Yaxley (11 & 18 Oct) | Production Designer: Eva Fritz | Lighting Designer: Nathaniel Knight | Sound Designer: Wil Hughes | Mental Health Associate: Charleen Masters | Stage Manager: Aimee Boyd | Writer: Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Every Brilliant Thing
New Benner Theatre – Metro Arts, 97 Boundary Street, West End (Brisbane)
Season: 4 – 21 October 2023
Information and Bookings: www.metroarts.com.au

Image: Jason Klarwein stars in Every Brilliant Thing (supplied)