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The Hive Welcomes Powerful New Play to the Stage

Touring theatre companies Paines Plough and Pentabus will be bringing their moving new play, ‘Every Brilliant Thing’, to The Hive later this month.

The play, written by Duncan Macmillan, is based, in part, on true events and is a moving and funny story about living with depression and the lengths we go to for those we love. It is a one-man show, performed by Jonny Donohoe, which involves members of the audience to give a uniquely interactive piece of theatre.

The co-production is touring the country and is coming to The Hive for one night on Tuesday, May 20 at 7pm.

Pentabus Artistic Director, Elizabeth Freestone, said: “It’s great to be bringing such an inventive new production to our local audiences. Written by one of the UK’s top playwrights and performed by dynamite comedy talent, Every Brilliant Thing guarantees to be a unique and wonderful evening out. Don’t let the theme of isolation and depression put you off – these are hard things to talk about but this production tackles them with wit and charm. It’ll be a unique, uplifting experience.”

You are six-year-old and your mum is in hospital. Dad says she’s ‘done something stupid’. She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world; everything that’s worth living for: ice cream, water fights, staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV, the colour yellow, things with stripes, rollercoasters, people falling over, Spiderman. You leave it on her pillow. You know she’s read it because she’s corrected your spelling. Twenty years and thousands of entries later, the list will take on a life of its own.

Steve Wilson, County Arts Officer, said: “’Every Brilliant Thing’ looks to be a really enjoyable and moving performance with a subject matter that will resonate with so many people.

“We booked the show as part of The Hive arts programme, as the play connects so well with the values of both Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester.

“Tickets have gone on sale at The Hive and are already selling well.”

A number of other plays will be coming to The Hive this year as part of its arts programme. The Birmingham REP is showing its new play ‘Circles’ at The Hive at 7pm on Wednesday 18 June.

Tickets for both events cost £6 and can be purchased in person from The Hive Information Pod on Level 1 in the atrium. They can also be reserved over the phone 01905 765 576, but must be collected by 13 May.

Every Brilliant Thing is 70 minutes long with no interval and a post-show talk. It is suitable for 14+ age range.

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