20 May 2022

Abbey Theatre to bring uplifting show to Longford's Backstage Theatre


The Abbey Theatre brings 'Every Brilliant Thing', written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, directed by Andrea Ainsworth and performed by Amy Conroy, to Longford's Backstage Theatre in February

The Abbey Theatre will bring the hilarious and uplifting Every Brilliant Thing to Backstage on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 8 and 9 next.

From ‘water fights’ to ‘the smell of old books’ the one-person show is about a child who devises the titular list to cheer up their mother who suffers from depression.

The wise and witty examination of crippling depression and the effect it has on family members, takes on a whole new resonance in an ever changing world that has left people feeling isolated and overwhelmed.

This uplifting theatrical experience, where people can come together safely, provides an important antidote for the January blues.

Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe in 2013 and with elements of audience interaction, every performance is unique – making it the perfect show to return to again and again. Directed by the Abbey Theatre’s Andrea Ainsworth and performed by Amy Conroy, Every Brilliant Thing is infused with a sense of childlike fun and wonder, even in the face of difficult circumstances.

This play is about finding hope and falling in love with life. While serious elements are addressed with some heart-breaking moments, it is a joyful, moving celebration of the light and dark of life.

Although it is a one-person show, participation from the audience will be sought in a variety of ways. The interaction of the cast member and the audience is what makes the production so special. It’s an often heart-breaking story about the importance of family and the lengths we go to for the ones we love.

The Abbey Theatre’s production of Every Brilliant Thing comes to Backstage Theatre on Tuesday & Wednesday, February 8 & 9 at 8pm. Tickets €22/€20 available on 043 3347888 or

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