Every Brilliant Thing
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. Jul 12-16 8pm (Sat and Sun extra show 5pm) ¤21/¤19 paviliontheatre.ie Midway through Duncan Macmillan’s artfully engaging play Every Brilliant Thing, written with its amiable performer Jonny Donahoe, a young man burns with embarrassment when his life’s work is accidentally discovered. This is a list, started at the age of seven, of everything that makes life worth living. It begins with ice cream, ranks Danger Mouse above spaghetti Bolognese, and finds room for guilty delights (“people falling over”) or intimate confidences (someone “to check your teeth for broccoli”). That might seem like a trivial way to save a life. Following its appearance at last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival, this beguiling, intelligent production from Paines Plough and Pentabus returns for a short engagement to follow the narrator’s childlike response to fighting clinical depression with pure whimsy. Through various life stages, from school to college, marriage to mortgage, the list grows to fairy-tale proportions, and though Donahoe is never certain if it moves his suicidal mother, he has innumerable allies in his audience.