15 May 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
Tickets: £12/ Concs £10 /Group £40 (4 Tickets)
Following its humble beginnings at the Ludlow Fringe Festival in 2013, Every Brilliant Thing went on, in 2014, to complete a short UK tour and a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. The show then transferred to Barrow Street Theatre in New York, finishing a 16 week run there at the end of March. After a short break, Every Brilliant Thing is now back on the road in the UK and will visit Trestle Arts Base on Thursday 28 May.
Lyn Gardner described the show as “One of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop” in her review for The Guardian.
Every Brilliant Thing is a bold new play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Each show involves members of the audience, making each performance unique.
You’re six years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s 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.
7. People falling over.
You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Twenty years and thousands of entries later, the list will take on a life of its own.
Produced in co-production with Paines Plough. Every Brilliant Thing is supported by Anne McMeehan and Jim Roberts and was developed with the support of nabokov and the Jersey Arts Trust.
Suitable for ages 14+
Running Time: approx 60 minutes
A one man interactive theatre show, presented in the round.
★★★★ The Guardian – “Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”
★★★★ The Telegraph – “Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting.”
★★★★ Time Out London – “Filled to the brim with joy…beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny.”
★★★★ WhatsOnStage – “Beautifully directed…perfectly cast…deeply personal. I defy anyone not to laugh and cry.”
★★★★ The Independent – “Dual interest in joy and sorrow… a perfect balance.”
★★★★ The Sunday Times – “Absurdly cherishable…fantastically likeable.”
★★★★ The Scotsman – ”A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living… you’ll leave feeling elated.”
★★★★ Evening Standard – “Immensely likeable…with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs.”
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NOTES FOR EDITOR
About Trestle Theatre Company
Trestle has been making and touring inspirational physical storytelling theatre since 1981. The company has developed a distinctive style of theatre, initially using masks, puppets and music, and more recently incorporating text and internationally influenced movement styles. Trestle is an internationally renowned provider of participation projects and training and operates from Trestle Arts Base in St Albans.
About Trestle Arts Base
Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is a 100-year-old chapel beautifully converted into a unique performing arts centre. It is home to Trestle, the first UK touring company to establish its own Lottery funded building. The venue offers performances, exhibitions, mask making, arts participation, youth theatre and hires for community and business meetings and events.
About Paines Plough
Paines Plough is the UK’s national theatre of new plays. We commission and produce the best playwrights and tour their plays far and wide. Whether you’re in Liverpool or Lyme Regis, Scarborough or Southampton, a Paines Plough show is coming to a theatre near you soon.
Paines Plough was formed in 1974 over a pint of Paines bitter in the Plough pub. Since then we’ve produced more than 130 new productions by world renowned playwrights like Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Dennis Kelly and Mike Bartlett. We’ve toured those plays to hundreds of places from Manchester to Moscow to Maidenhead. We celebrated 40 years of Paines Plough in 2014 with our biggest, boldest, furthest-reaching programme of work ever. Programme 2014 saw 12 productions touring to 54 places around the UK, featuring the work of 104 playwrights.
About Pentabus Theatre Company
We are the nation’s rural theatre company. Our mission is to develop and produce quality new theatre about the contemporary rural world. To tour the country with plays that have local impact and national resonance. To turn up in people’s village halls, theatres and digital backyards, connecting audiences nationwide.
Over four decades we’ve produced 150 new plays, supported 100 playwrights and reached over half a million audience members. We’ve won awards, pioneered live-streaming and developed a ground-breaking initiative to nurture young writers from rural backgrounds.
Over the next four decades we’ll tour further than ever before, work with new and established playwrights, extend our young writers’ programme and continue to push at the boundaries of what theatre can be.