QTP's Every Brilliant Thing

An uplifting play about love, life, family, mental health and a list of all the wonderful things in the world!

He is seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. She finds it hard to be happy. He makes a list to cheer her up.

1. Ice cream
2. Pillow fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime and being taken to a movie
4. The colour yellow
5. Gully Cricket

What would you put on your list?

Staged in an in-the-round setting, this moving and intimate piece invites you to share the joy found in everyday objects.

Listen to what people have to say about the play:

“To use one word, Madan’s performance is superlative. Director Quasar Thakore Padamsee has handled a rather difficult subject in an adroit manner; he manages to transport the audience beautifully through different moods.”

- The Week

“The masterstroke, of course, is the interactive format. It gives the audience an instant feeling of involvement and intimacy.”

- Joy Bimal Roy

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About the playwright - Duncan Macmillian

Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and theatre director whose plays include Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing and 2071 (all published by Oberon Books). His play People, Places and Things transferred from the National Theatre to the West End in 2016.

Many of Macmillan's major plays take as their central theme a contemporary socio-political issue: Lungs explores parenthood, People, Places and Things addiction and recovery, and Every Brilliant Thing considers the issues of depression and suicide.

Macmillan has described his reasons for writing the play as to communicate to people - "You’re not alone, you’re not weird, you will get through it, and you’ve just got to hold on. That’s a very uncool, unfashionable thing for someone to say, but I really mean it. I didn’t see anyone discussing suicidal depression in a useful or interesting or accurate way.”

Biography of the Director – Quasar Thakore Padamsee

Quasar is a theatre-holic and lover of all things theatrical. Since 1999, he has directed and produced over 25 plays with QTP; including A Peasant of El Salvador, Project S.T.R.I.P., So Many Socks, Minorities and many others about contemporary social concerns. Internationally he has worked on Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the aerial drama Mind Walking.

At present, he is also serving on the committee of Tata Literature Live! He also works as a lighting designer, stage manager, conducts workshops and is a passionate crusader for the survival of theatre in the public consciousness.

Biography of the Performer – Vivek Madan

Vivek Madan is an actor and theatre producer based out of Bangalore. In his theatre journey of just over twenty years, he has performed in plays like Martin Sherman's Bent, Robert Bolt's Man for All Seasons, Eric Idle's Spamalot and John Nicholson and Steve Canny's Hound of the Baskerville's among others. Apart from directing plays, Vivek has been Festival Director of Writers' Bloc 4 (2016) and the annual Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival (2018).

He is currently the Executive Director of Indian Ensemble and of Bhasha Centre, two theatre companies from Bangalore with a focus on research and training in the theatre. He dreams of setting up a theatre institute as an extension of this focus, in the not too distant future.

About QTP

QTP is a theatre & arts management company that specialises in unique and engaging experiences for live audiences. For the last twenty years, the company has been producing its own work as well as touring remarkable international plays from the US, UK, China, and Canada. Their productions include the critically acclaimed So Many Socks, the laugh riot The God of Carnage, the long-running Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and path-breaking White Rabbit Red Rabbit.

They also manage Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai International Literary Festival, which takes place each November; and the youth theatre movement Thespo which is now in its 21st year.

The various India tours that they have managed include Foreign Body (UK, 2018), Brotherhood (Canada, 2017), Chi Udaka (Australia, 2016), HeLa (UK, 2014), Mind Walking (UK, 2011) and To The Death of My Own Family (USA, 2007). They were also instrumental in building international collaborations like Nirbhaya (2013), Gates to India Song (2013), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2006-09).

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