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Every Brilliant Thing (Paines Plough and Pentabus)

By | Published on Sunday 31 August 2014

The play begins with the death of a dog and revolves around the suicide attempts of the central character’s mother. Cheery stuff. Jonny Donahue takes us through his story, and a list detailing reasons to carry on living, coming up with those brilliant things of the title with the aid of some audience members who help him act out some key moments. The interaction is used to good effect: we empathise more with this already likeable character having travelled with him through his history. Yet, for all it provides an insight into coping with suicide and love, it still feels very much a fiction, and this somehow makes the piece seem somewhat false.

Roundabout @ Summerhall, until 22 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Charlotte Taylor]