Brilliant

A dazzling show for 3-5 year olds; Brilliant is about the deep emotions, the magical imaginings and the secret games that are conjured when the lights go out, when it’s time to go to bed.

Director’s Notes

Brilliant is the final part in a trilogy of projects made for children that are inspired by the rituals and games of everyday life. The first part, Feast your Eyes, was a modern fairy tale about food, which had at its heart an image of mealtime. And the Rain Falls Down was all about water, and grew from an interest in the intensity of pleasure and play that comes with having a bath.

Brilliant is about the deep emotions, the magical imaginings and the secret games that are conjured when the lights go out, when it’s time to go to bed. To make a piece about light for 3 and 4 year olds is to make a piece about darkness, about switches, about shadows and colour, about the moon and the stars. It’s also about looking, and seeing, and being seen. It’s about trying to be still, and trying to settle down, and the dreams that leap to life as we drift to sleep.

Throughout the development of the project we’ve been surprised by how the children we’ve worked with have responded to light, and to darkness, and I hope that Brilliant captures some of the moments of wonder, of profound beauty, of naughtiness and of sheer giddy delirious pleasure that have emerged from the darkness and come bursting gloriously to light. I hope you enjoyed the show.

David Harradine, Fevered Sleep

Fevered Sleep’s Brilliant more than lives up to its name. It follows a child preparing for bed and sinking into the dark, mysterious world of night and the imagination. Exquisite.
★★★★☆
The Guardian
Lovely and imagination-tickling, the aptly named Brilliant is a wonderfully playful exploration of light. Who, regardless of age, could fail to be enchanted by the gentle surprises and magical effects on view?
★★★★☆
The Times
Brilliant wraps itself around the children, holding them fascinated in its grasp.
★★★★☆
Time Out
An enchanting performance, watched by an audience almost entirely on its small feet
The Stage
Ali Beale
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Design

Samantha Butler
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Co-director

Laura Cubitt
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Performer

David Harradine
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Director

Beth Hoare-Barnes
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Company stage manager

David Leahy
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Performer

Jo Manser
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Lighting

Jamie McCarthy
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Co-devisor

Jess Tiller
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Costume

Giulia Chini
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Costume

Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation with additional support from The Bodfach Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation and Brilliant Benefactors

With special thanks to:

Ghislaine Granger, Graeme Philips, Kate Cross, Karina Garnett, Mark Webber, Carl Hawkins, Sharon Kivity, The People Show, Jo Belloli and everyone at Polka Theatre, Sarah Quelch at BAC, Alex Tuppen at 36 Studios (print design), Paul Kirton (transport), Sparks Theatrical Hire, J&C Joels, AC Lighting, Mojdeh, Tim Powis, Teresa Hare Duke at the Museum of Childhood, Katrina Duncan, Karen Petersen, Jo Cecil and all the children, parents and teachers who took part in the development workshops for the project.

Brilliant in Beijing

Brilliant in Beijing

We are currently resident in Beijing with ‘The A.S.K’ at the majestic Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, bringing Brilliant back to life for an audience of Chinese children. With ‘The A.S.K’ we share a philosophy of respect for and love of children, and with that comes the desire to develop art of the highest quality and sophistication, so we’re happier than ever to be presenting our feast of light with them. Our technical team and there’s are working hard to open the show this Friday night at 7:30pm, Chinese time and the bubble of excitement in our dressing room and… Read More

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  1. My 4yrs daughter and I attended this performance this morning at Taipei. The show is great and very interactive. Both my daughter and I enjoyed every part of this performance. We wish to have you in Taipei as many times as possible! Thank you for the wonderful show.

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