Every Brilliant Thing
Estonian Theatre for Young Audiences
A young person has to suddenly make do in a situation where their mother can’t see a way forward in her life. Our protagonist starts writing down things that make life worth living in the hope that it could help their mom:
2. Splash fights
3. When you’re allowed to stay up after bed time to watch TV
4. The colour yellow
5. Stripy things
7. When people fall down
This is the beginning of the list of all the cool things that the protagonist keeps adding to during their life until one day it becomes something that they themselves use to help them through tough times. It’s a story of growing up and accepting life’s twists and turns. And a story of how even in the darkest of times, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
The director Tanel Jonas says, “Duncan Macmillan’s plays have always fascinated me and I quickly found a connection with this text. Maybe this play characterises his works in the best way – talking about life, the large and complex string of systems, this unfathomable and irresistible mess through small and simple things. Without ever simplifying or becoming superficial. To find joy in the small things – this message echoes through everything nowadays, it’s spoken by gurus and self-help books. But how easy is it? Or is it even possible?”
The premiere was held on November 20, 2022 in small stage.
Translator: Pirjo Jonas
Director: Tanel Jonas (Ugala)
Stage designer: Kristjan Suits (Tallinn City Theatre)
Lighting designer: Triin Rahnu
Cast: Getter Meresmaa or Doris Tislar or Risto Vaidla
Tanel Jonas, Getter Meresmaa, Doris Tislar and Risto Vaidla – winners of the best children and young people performance award 2023
Tanel Jonas – nominee of the best director award 2023
The performance lasts for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The performance is appropriate for youngsters (13+) and adults.
We kindly ask you to follow our set age limit. Youngsters under 13 years of age can only attend with an accompanying adult.