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Event Info

Kamani Auditorium
1 hour 15 mins
  • Language: English
  • City / State: Maharashtra
  • Directed By: Quasar Thakore Padamsee
  • Produced By: Vivek Rao and Toral Shah, QTP
To be announced

Every Brilliant thing

A tender play about love, life, family, mental health and all that makes life worthwhile

Dramatised innovatively through the story of a family-next-door, this is a tender play about love, life, family, and all that which makes life worthwhile, and delicately explores the complicated emotions that encompass mental health.

A tender play about love, life, family, mental health and all that makes life worthwhile. 
He is seven years old. His mum’s in hospital. She finds it hard to be happy. He makes a list to cheer her up

Dramatised innovatively through the story of a family-next-door, this is a tender play about love, life, family, and all that which makes life worthwhile, and delicately explores the complicated emotions that encompass mental health.

Ice cream / Pillow fights / Staying up past your bedtime and being taken to a movie / The colour yellow / Gully Cricket

What would you put on your list?

Staged in an in-the-round setting, this moving and intimate piece invites you to share the joy found in everyday objects. An uplifting play about love, life, family, mental health and a list of all the wonderful things in the world!

(Every Brilliant Thing was first produced by Paines Plough and Pentabus Theatre on 28 June 2013 at Ludlow Fringe Festival.)

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VIVEK MADAN

Performer

CAST

Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

Writer

 

 

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Director

 

CREW

 

Arghya Lahiri

Light Designer

 

Varrunn Bangera

Sound Designer

 

Rachit Khetan

Stage Manager

 

Toral Shah

Creative Producer

 

Vivek Rao

Executive Producer

 

QTP

Producer

VIVEK MADAN

VIVEK MADAN

Vivek Madan is an actor and theatre producer based out of Bangalore. In his theatre journey of just over twenty years,... he has performed in plays like Martin Sherman's Bent, Robert Bolt's Man for All Seasons, Eric Idle's Spamalot and John Nicholson’s and Steve Canny's Hound of the Baskervilles among others. Apart from directing plays, Vivek has been at the Festival Director of Writers' Bloc 4 (2016) and the annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival (2018). He is currently the Executive Director of Indian Ensemble and Bhasha Centre, two theatre companies from Bangalore with a focus on research and training in theatre. He dreams of setting up a theatre institute as an extension of this focus, in the not too distant future.

  1. Best Actor in a Lead Role (male)

Written by award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan (with Jonny Donahoe), this play tells a remarkably uplifting story about a young boy’s attempt to combat his mother’s depression with a list of all the wonderful things in the world worth living for. 

More and more we are coming into contact with people who are struggling to adjust to life, deal with its struggles, and talk about their daily challenges. For the longest time, addressing mental health issues has been done in hushed tones, if at all. Seeking professional help has been associated with feelings of inferiority and a degree of shame. Every Brilliant Thing is a delicate exploration of tender and complex relationships which have been complicated by issues at hand. 

The show is staged ‘in-the-round’ and invites the audience to help tell this story of a typical family-next-door. My biggest fascination with theatre is directing a piece of work that is innately live and cannot be created to be consumed on a hand-held device or a 180-degree Imax screen. Every Brilliant Thing is everything that is good about the theatre. It’s community, it’s sharing, it's honest, it’s joyful. It has dramatic moments that are heightened and simple things that hurt. It’s very human. What I love about this play is that it is participative in nature. The audience is constantly involved in what is going to happen; they almost will the show forward!