2 December 2019

The third and fourth year boys presented a one-hour piece called Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with OA Jonny Donahoe. First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, it tells the story of a 7-year old boy who makes a list of all the brilliant things in life he can think of after his mother attempts suicide. Originally written as a one-man show, this production made the play into a vehicle for 15 of our promising middle school actors.

Unique to the production was the specially constructed “palletdrome” – a bespoke hundred seat amphitheatre, brilliantly fashioned on the Amey Theatre stage, made out of discarded pallets by our fabulous tech team. Congratulations should go to the superb cast who brought the heartwarming story to life with verve, playfulness and sincerity, delighting our audience both nights. As a nod to the play’s exploration of mental health, we supported #HelloYello, a charity working to promote young people’s mental health.

Our thanks go to Jonny Donahoe who we welcomed back to school earlier this term to coach the actors on how to bring this wonderful story to life on the stage.

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