Two hits, one venue: Every Brilliant Thing and Prima Facie at the Space Theatre
Both shows will be staged within 90 minutes of each other on weekdays and Saturdays from April 28 to May 13, giving audiences the option to take a break after one performance and return for the other that same night. Ticket buyers will receive a discount if purchasing tickets to any two performances from both seasons.
Every Brilliant Thing, by UK playwright Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, will star Jimi Bani (following his award-winning performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) under the direction of Yasmin Gureeboo, who last worked on the Decameron 2.0 series in conjunction with ActNow Theatre. It tells the story of a young boy’s attempts to bring his mother out of depression by making her a list of every brilliant thing in the world. As decades pass, the list grows and what was once a game eventually becomes a new way of looking at the world.
Performed in-the-round, the acclaimed production gently involves the audience, who become a rolling cast of characters in an interactive production The Guardian called “one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see about depression – and possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see, full stop.”
Meanwhile, Australian playwright Suzie Miller’s Olivier Award winning Prima Facie, a sell-out across Australia and the West End and soon to be Broadway, will get a new production starring Caroline Craig (Eureka Day) and with director David Mealor at the helm. An edge-of-your-seat account of a barrister who finds herself on the other side of the bar after a sexual assault, Prima Facie is an explosive one-woman study of the Australian judicial system’s blinders to sexual assault cases and consent law, and its failure to grant justice for survivors.
Both Every Brilliant Thing and Prima Facie will be brought to life by a core creative team, including lighting designer Nic Mollison, composer and sound designer Andrew Howard and set and costume designer Kathryn Sproul, whose innovative, minimalist set can be easily configured for both shows.