Every Brilliant Thing
Time Out says
Belvoir's production of this heart-warming and funny solo play is returning with a new star
Belvoir is kicking off its 2020 with one of its biggest hits of this year: Duncan Macmillan’s bittersweet, uplifting monologue about a child who starts keeping a list of all the brilliant things in the world in an attempt to ward off their mother’s depression. It's now 20 years later and they're still keeping that list and finding it useful in a brand new way.
There’s one major difference this time around: instead of Belvoir's original star Kate Mulvany, the show will be performed by Steve Rodgers. Rodgers was the co-director of the original season (alongside Kate Champion) and actually stepped into the role for the final week of the Sydney season when Mulvany scored a role alongside Al Pacino in American TV series Hunters.
“Stevie is so beautiful in the role and so truthful in it,” Belvoir's artistic director Eamon Flack says. “The responses to it when Stevie took over; there was that same sense of people being wowed and touched by it. It’s a pretty magnificent idea.”
Every Brilliant Thing started with sold out runs at three consecutive Edinburgh Festivals and was eventually filmed for broadcast by HBO. The Belvoir production is performed in-the-round, and the performer uses all of the audience to help tell their story.