Every Brilliant Thing – That’s a wrap!

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Students from across the school took part in two brilliant performances of ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 January.


‘Every Brilliant Thing’ tells the story of a seven-year old boy who consoles himself from the harshness around him – his mother has just attempted suicide, his father is distant and insensitive – by creating a list of everything that makes him happy, everything that makes life worth living. The list becomes more than just a way to ward off the depression that stalks him as relentlessly as it has his mother. As we follow the boy to manhood, watching him deal with school, death, another parental suicide attempt, and falling in and out of love, we see how the list becomes a touchstone that he returns to at trying (or triumphant) times in his life.


Head of Drama, Mrs Chambers directed the production she chose ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ to help celebrate the resilience of PHC as we enter our 200th year. Speaking of her experience on this production Mrs Chambers said ‘Working together with students from across the school has been fascinating; their different ages and outlooks, different backgrounds and experiences has given each a unique perspective on the characters and events of the play.


Each student has brought their own interpretation, which has been received by other members of the ensemble with understanding and empathy. The resulting piece has a genuine community feel, and I chose to perform in the round to reflect this. We are all ‘in it together’, supporting one another and trying to see the positives.


Determination to succeed is something I see at PHC time and time again, and I am so proud of all the students involved in Every Brilliant Thing; they have managed to capture the essence of PHC in their performance style – be who you are, ‘dance fearlessly in public’ and remember, as low as you might feel, things get better!


Year 8 parent Mrs Luff attended one of the performances thoroughly enjoyed it! She said “I really didn’t know what to expect last night and I didn’t expect what I watched, it was an amazing piece for the pupils to tackle. They all put on a fantastic show.  It was such an emotional and moving performance from everybody involved. Well done to Mrs Chambers for believing the children could perform and deliver such a sensitive drama. Well done PHC.


Well done to Mrs Chambers and all students involved!



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2 students dressed in black performing a drama piece in front of an audience  4 students dressed in black performing a drama piece in front of an audience  Mrs Chambers, Head of Drama being presented with flowers at the end of the show

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