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Every Brilliant Thing

A warm and wise hour of storytelling sends us back into the world counting our blessings.

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Every Brilliant Thing

Date: 11 Nov 2019

A seven year old comes home from school to learn that Mum is in the hospital.

Dad says “she’s done something stupid.” The child begins to create a list for Mum. A list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything worth living for.

Twenty years and thousands of entries later, what began as a naïve attempt to make Mum happy becomes an epic chronicle of life’s little wonders. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday.

In Every Brilliant Thing, British writer Duncan Macmillan (with comedian Jonny Donahoe, who performed the show for several years after its 2014 debut) presents us a catalogue of pleasures big and small, one that begins with ice cream and goes on to encompass the smell of old books, the sound of vinyl records, the music of Ray Charles and lying in bed late with the person you love.

Steve Rodgers stars.

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