Every Brilliant Thing

The award-winning play Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe seen by thousands of people across Greece, Cyprus and the United Kingdom!

With Melina Theocharidou
Directed by Ioli Andreadi

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Youre six years old. Mums in hospital. Dad says shes done something stupid. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything thats brilliant about the world. Everything thats worth living for. 1. Ice Cream. 2. Kung Fu Movies. 3. Burning Things. 4. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out your nose 5. Construction cranes. 6. Me. You leave it on her pillow. You know shes read it because shes corrected your spelling. Soon, the list will take on a life of its own.

About the play

The mother of a seven-year-old girl attempts suicide. "It was something stupid, something which happens when someone cannot be happy," she was told. The girl, wanting to help her mother, begins writing a list of every brilliant thing in the world worth living for. As an adult, she comes to tell us her story, asking the audience to play all the other characters.

Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing was first staged in 2013 in the United Kingdom and since then has been traveling around the world. Having won the Critics' Pick of the New York Times and rave reviews from the Guardian, Time Out, Independent, Evening Standard, Telegraph and Sunday Times, and after the huge success it enjoyed in England, America, Australia and New Zealand, the play was presented in Greece for the first time in the spring of 2017, directed by Ioli Andreadi, with Melina Theocharidou in the solo role.


“An interactive show of exceptional sensitivity, capable of bringing new audiences to the theatre.” Athinorama

“The remarkable achievement Every Brilliant Thing... we went in as strangers and left united and happy.” Stamatis Kraounakis

“A show that is an ode to life” deBop

“Melina Theocharidou, who came from London specially for this show, is beyond extraordinary.” Enetpress

 “A unique theatrical experience. An experience of a lifetime” Sinwebradio


Creative Team

Translator: Adonis Galeos / Director and movement: Ioli Andreadi / Adapted by Ioli Andreadi & Aris Asproulis / Set & Costume Designer: Dimitra Liakoura / Lighting Designer: Christina Thanasoula / Photography: Panos Michael

Performed by Melina Theoharidou

Produced by OliviosK Productions


London / The Hellenic Centre: 9 - 11 November 2018
Milos / Adamantas Cultural Centre: 28 - 30 May 2018
Thessaloniki / Athinaion Theatre: 14 - 17 May 2018
Syros / Apollo Theatre: 20 & 21 March 2018
Ioannina / Kampereio Theatre :12 & 13 March 2018
Athens / Tempus Verum - En Athinais: 10 February - 31 March 2018
Heraclion / Theatrikos Stathmos: 9 & 10 October 2017
Chania / Venizeleio Odeio: 6,7 & 8 October 2017
Santorini / Santorini Arts Factory: 8 August 2017
Rethymno / Erofili Theatre, Fortetza: 10 July 2017
Drapetsona / Polychoros Lipasmaton: 4 July 2017
Athens & Epidaurus Festival / Bob Theatre Festival: 27 May 2017
Nicosia / ARTos Foundation: 17 - 21 May 2017
Preveza / Theofaneios cultural hall: 12 May 2017
Heraclion / Theatrikos Stathmos: 9 - 10 May 2017
Athens / Neos Kosmos Theatre: 10 March - 7 May 2017


The licence for this theatre production was granted by CASAROTTO RAMSAY & ASSOCIATES LTD (casarotto.co.uk) on behalf of the writer Duncan Macmillan.


The Greek text of the play is published by Kapa Ekdotiki.