Aks Arts presents

Every Brilliant Thing

Written by Duncan Macmillan

Directed and Performed by Neha Jain & Ankur Chopra

"A heart-wrenching, hilarious play... One of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression and possibly one of the funiest plays you'll ever see, full stop." - The Guardian

By the end of the show, the entire room seemed to be infused with a spirit of camaraderie and hope, tinged with sadness for the life's missed opportunities." - Wendi Winters, DC Metro Theater Arts

You’re seven years old.

Mum’s in hospital.

Dad says she’s 'done something stupid'.

She finds it hard to be happy.

You start a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.

Everything worth living for.

You leave it on her pillow.

You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling.

"…is fully aware [that] in the face of great loss and depression, a real effort of will is required to recall why it’s worth continuing with life. That will is the force that animates Every Brilliant Thing and keeps it afloat for the captivating hour of its duration” - New York Times (Critics Pick)

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Duncan Macmillan


Award-winning playwright and director, Duncan is Britain’s brightest lights in contemporary theatre. His works include Lungs (Old Vic), People, Places, Things (Olivier Best New Play), 1984 amongst others.

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Adapting Every Brilliant Thing to a BAME context makes it instantly universal and real. Let’s talk about the things that we never mention over chai, the ones that are the hardest to talk about.

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A funny, open and accessible way into a dark, deeply relevant topic for our age, this play is currently being performed the world over. We look forward to taking our adaptation to India in the near future.

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Cast & Crew

From the heart

Neha & Ankur have lived and loved this play, and are thrilled to report that it was transformational to their own mental states. Come share the magic with them!
Duration of Play: Approximately 1 hour

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