Every Brilliant Thing

May 01, 2021 - May 16, 2021 | Studio

By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe 

Directed by Dean Patrick Fleming 
Starring Daniel Brochu 
A Segal Centre production in association with Hudson Village Theatre 


Hugs, the smell of old books, a hairdresser who listens to what you want 
The colour yellow, roller coasters, ice cream — as a mother battles chronic depression, a child creates a list of every brilliant thing they can think of, to remind them what makes life worth living. As the child grows, so does the list. Looking back on a life of ups and downs, the man takes the audience on an inspiring journey that celebrates finding joy in the mundane and being grateful for the simple pleasures hiding all around us. At once intimate and interactive, this touching, funny, and uplifting performance chronicles life’s small joys and reveals the lengths to which we will go for those we love. 

$45 (Tickets can be purchased by phone only at 514-739-7944)
*Please note this a limited run with socially distanced seating.
**Tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

As everyone's health and safety remains our top priority, several new COVID safety protocols have been put in place. Click here for the full list of protocols.

Due to new curfew guidelines, the schedule for Every Brilliant Thing, our first in-person production in over a year, has been updated (schedule is subject to change per curfew regulations). 

May 1 – May 16, 2021

Saturday, May 1 – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 – 1:30 p.m.

Regular Run
Saturday and Sunday – 4:00 p.m.


Saturday and Sunday – 1:00 p.m.

Virtual Sunday @ the Segal

An enriching, online, pre-show lecture on the ideas and themes of the play streamed live on the Segal’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Sunday, May 2 – 11:00 a.m.
More info here.

Content Advisory
The Segal Centre believes that our patrons can determine what is distressing, triggering, or offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We prefer not to set specific age-based restrictions but, rather, offer content advisories for each show. Of course, should you be unsure based on the advisories, please contact us and we will be happy to help you with your decision.

  • Content includes talk of suicide, pet euthanasia, and clinical depression
  • Mature themes and strong language
  • Socially-distanced audience participation
  • Excessive praise of the 70s rock band Chicago

Producing a Show in a Pandemic  
Navigating the theatre world during a global pandemic is full of ups and downs. While we may not have announced it previously, our collaboration with Hudson Village Theatre to do Every Brilliant Thing has been in the works since the early fall. Like you, we’ve been following the news closely to see when we would be able to put the show on safely for our patrons. We believe we have a responsibility to our artists, our employees, our funders, and our public to be ready to return to our practice and to sharing exquisite theatre – with new health and safety guidelines in place - as soon as possible. 

So we invite you to look behind the curtain and follow us along on our journey in this new video series as we produce a show during a pandemic: 






Daniel Brochu

Daniel Brochu


Segal Centre Tribes, Haunted Hillbilly (SideMart Theatrical Grocery), Scientific Americans, Othello, Guys and Dolls Elsewhere Little Prince (Geordie), Art (Hudson Village Theatre), Last Night at the Gayety, Alice and the World we Live In (Centaur); 30 years of cartoon and voice over experience Awards Best Supporting Actor for Othello (METAs 2013); Three Daytime Emmy Awards for Arthur on PBS


Dean Patrick Fleming

Dean Patrick Fleming


Segal Centre Debut Elsewhere Marion Bridge, The Drawer Boy, Art, Billy Bishop Goes to War (Hudson Village Theatre); Instant, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, The Little Prince, The Odyssey (Geordie Theatre) Training/Experience Concordia University Specialization in Performance; Over 60 productions directed Awards Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Contribution to the Arts; Bernard Amyot teaching award from the National Theatre School; multiple META nominations for directing Et cetera Artistic Director of Hudson Village Theatre; former Artistic and Executive Director of Geordie Theatre (2005-2016). Incredibly happy to be involved in this first partnership between the Segal and Hudson Village Theatre.

Jimmy Blais

Jimmy Blais

Assistant Director

Segal Centre The Assembly (Porte Parole/Actor) Elsewhere Art (Hudson Village Theatre), The Breathing Hole, Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet (The Stratford Festival), Halloween Tree (Geordie Productions) Film/Television Mohawk Girls for 5 seasons (APTN), Two Wrongs (TMN) Training/Experience Over 10 years of experience as a professional actor. Indigenous Artist in Residence at The National Theatre School of Canada Acting Awards META for Outstanding Ensemble, Actor (Louis Riel Comic Book Stage Play), (Halloween Tree), Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival) Et cetera I love being back at work, I love being at the Segal, I love this team, especially my ladies Indigo, Tania, and Muchacha, and my boy Walter.

Zoe Roux

Zoe Roux

Set & Lighting Designer

Segal Centre Debut Elsewhere Black Balloon (The Portico Project, Centaur) Counter Offence (Teesri Duniya), Winter's Daughter (Tableau D'hôte Theatre), All Flesh is Grass (The Other Theatre), Encore (Tableau D'hôte Theatre), Madame Catherine (Surreal SoReal Theatre) Film/TV La Nouvelle Version (with Director Michael Yaroshevsky), Mami Origami (with Director Marites Carino) Training/Experience Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in Design for the Theatre from Concordia University, 2016/2017; Design Mentee with Black Theatre Workshop's Artist Mentorship Program; 8 years of experience in set, costume, and lighting design Awards META for Outstanding Emerging Artist – Design (Invasive Species – 2017) Online zoeroux.com

Louise Bourret

Louise Bourret


Segal Centre Costume Designer for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Tribes, My Name Is Asher Lev, Noises Off, Million Dollar Quartet, Marjorie Prime, The Angel and the Sparrow, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Indecent, Mythic, The Times they Are A Changin’, Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi, The Dybbuk, The Producers, It Shoulda Been You, A Century Songbook (DWYT); Co-Costume Designer for The Hockey Sweater: A Musical Elsewhere Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Festival des FrancoFolies de Montréal, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Légendes Fantastiques, Cavalia, Era: Intersection of Time (Shanghai), Daughters of Mile End, Infinity Ball (Lune Rouge Entertainment), Piaf/ Dietrich (Mirvish), Vroom (Moment Factory) Awards META winner for Outstanding Costume Design for Travesties

Melanie St-Jacques

Melanie St-Jacques

Stage Manager

b>Segal Centre The Hockey Sweater: A Musical, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Travesties, Othello Elsewhere Geordie Productions, Centaur Theatre, Imago, Teesri Duniya, Theatre Lac Brome, Hudson Village Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), MTYP (Winnipeg), Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Citadel (Edmonton), and the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) Training/Experience Graduate of the Dawson Theatre Program, and teacher at the National Theatre School of Canada Et cetera Melanie has been working as a stage manager for 20 years.

Darah Miah

Darah Miah

Assistant Set & Lighting Designer

Segal Centre Debut Elsewhere Lighting: The Life and Death of Fred Herko (Rendez-vous with Madness, Toronto), Jjanice + La Reine Aux Ailes d'Écailles (Place des Arts) | Scenography assistant: Fun Home (Design by Amy Keith, RMTC) Film Lighting: Leila (Centaur Wildside), Scenography: Sway of Stone (choreographed by Nickle Peace-Williams & Lucy Fandel) Training BFA Theatre Design, Concordia Et cetera Technical Director and board member of Revolution They Wrote, member of QDF’s Advocacy Committee