Paines Plough’s global smash hit Every Brilliant Thing to begin European Tour in May 2017

Following a second tour across Australia and New Zealand, the hugely acclaimed Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan will return to Europe in May 2017. The European tour of Every Brilliant Thing will begin on2 May at Quarry Theatre in Bedford before visiting over twenty-five venues across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.

Every Brilliant Thing is a global phenomenon. It has now been seen by over 42,000 people across the world and performed over 350 times across 3 continents and 9 countries. The production will celebrate another milestone on 17 May 2017 when, for the first time ever, it is performed simultaneously in Sheffield and Paris.

A play about depression and the ones we love, Every Brilliant Thing was developed by Duncan Macmillan(People Places and Things, 1984) with Paines Plough over a decade ago. Through the intervening years Every Brilliant Thing has had a number a guises including an exhibition, a Facebook group and an installation, before becoming a theatre production in June 2013. After performing to 7,500 people in the 2014/15 Off Broadway season, HBO broadcasted Every Brilliant Thing to huge acclaim across North America on 26 December 2016.

James Rowland has won acclaim during the Australia and New Zealand 2017 tour since picking up the mantle from the first brilliant thing Jonny Donahoe. James has previously performed across theatre, radio and television and most recently he has appeared in immersive theatre productions such as 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).

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.

Every Brilliant Thing is part of Paines Plough’s Programme 2017 which will see the company present some of the most exciting playwrights on tour to more than 60 places across the UK and around the world.

Every Brilliant Thing is supported by Anne McMeehan and Jim Roberts and was developed with the support of nabokov and the Jersey Arts Trust.