Show makes leap from Broadway to Banbury

Comedian Johnny Donahue takes command of the audience in this hilarious, gripping play
Comedian Johnny Donahue takes command of the audience in this hilarious, gripping play

The Mill Arts Centre will host a performance of the critically acclaimed one-man show Every Brilliant Thing next week .

The play began life at 2014’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, enjoyed a brief UK tour and received such a fantastic reception that it secured a 16-week run off-Broadway in New York earlier this year.

Following a short break from the performances in the States, the show is now back on the road and entertaining audiences across the UK.

Written by award-winning playwright Duncan Macmillan and directed by George Perrin, the production stars popular comedian Johnny Donahue and is guaranteed to stir your emotions.

Every Brilliant Thing focuses on the story of a six-year-old boy whose mother is in the hospital and finds it hard to be happy.

The only thing his father will tell him about her hospital admittance is that she has “done something stupid”.

Hoping to help cheer his mother up, the boy begins to compile a list of all the great reasons why life is worth living - ranging from ice cream, to water fights and kung-fu movies.

The list gradually begins to unfold in a joyful and uplifting way that simultaneously pulls at the heart strings.

The play centres on themes of love and self-respect, exploring the topic of depression through a child’s eyes and the lengths that we will go to for the people we care about.

Every Brilliant Thing is also a highly interactive theatrical experience that actively invites audience members to get involved and participate in the action.

It gives Donahue the opportunity to showcase his extraordinary talent for comic improvisation, which means that no two performances are ever the same.

The show will be performed for one night only at The Mill Arts Centre on Wednesday, September 16.

It starts at 7.30pm and will finish at approximately 8.30pm.

The production is suitable for anyone over the age of 14 and tickets are priced at £14.50 each.

For further details and to book, go to or call the box office on 01295 279002.