Every Brilliant Thing happens in January

We have nothing against the other months of the year, but it is in January – from the 7th to the 20th – that the actor Ivo Canelas is bringing to the Time Out Studio Todas as Coisas Maravilhosas, a version in Portuguese of the play Every Brilliant Thing, by Duncan Macmillan.

In December of 2018, Ivo Canelas was named “Best Actor of the year” by Time Out Lisboa, for his role in the production of August Strindberg’s Creditors that was staged at the Teatro da Trindade in September and October. One month on, in January, he is appearing at the Time Out Studio in a solo stage role in a production in Portuguese of Every Brilliant Thing – a monologue by British playwright Duncan Macmillan that takes a humorous but moving approach to subjects such as depression, existential crises, family and love.

In this hymn to life, a child writes a list of reasons to live – ice cream, water fights, staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV, etc. – with the aim of helping his mother recover from depression. Canelas brings to life a script that reminds us of the importance of recognising and being amazed by the things around us.

Of Duncan Macmillan’s original play, Time Out London wrote: “It is sad, but it is also gloriously funny and exceptionally warm. It’s a show that spells out a little of what depression can do to people, but it also highlights the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday.” Premiered in 2013 on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the monologue has been staged in various countries. It has now been brought to Lisbon and the Time Out Studio by Canelas. There’s no better way to start the year than with this text, forcing you to reflect on life’s fundamentals.

Todas as Coisas Maravilhosas (in Portuguese, no subtitles) is on from 7 to 20 January, at 9 pm Mon-Fri and at 6 pm Sun. Tickets cost €16 and are on sale via www.ticketline.pt and at agencies, as well as at the Time Out ticket office (ground floor of the Market).