All the Little Lights

by Jane Upton

Nominated for Best Play at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2017 and joint winner of the George Devine Award 2016.

All the Little Lights toured the UK in spring 2017 and ran for four weeks at Arcola, London, in Autumn 2017.

"I know you want what everyone else wants. A family. A home. But you'll never have it. Cos of what's inside you."


Joanne and Lisa were like sisters. Then Lisa got away. Now she’s back, but the ghosts from their past still haunt her. While Amy just wants to belong.

Three forgotten girls spending one last night by the railway lines. Desperately trying to recover what they’ve lost. Friendship. Family. Safety. While the threat of sexual exploitation lurks in the shadows.

Deeply moving and darkly funny, this award-winning new play tells the story of the girls that slip through the cracks. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?

Developed with support from child sexual exploitation awareness charity Safe and Sound.

Suitable for ages 14+



Nottingham Playhouse
Cast, Doncaster
Theatre Royal Wakefield
Birmingham Rep
Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Hull Truck Theatre
Quarry Theatre, Bedford
Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Oxford Playhouse
Stamford Arts Centre
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Arcola Theatre, London


Artistic Team

  • Director: Laura Ford
  • Associate Director: Angharad Jones
  • Assistant Director: Tilly Branson
  • Set and Costume Design: Max Dorey
  • Sound Design: Max Pappenheim
  • Lighting Design: Alex Stafford
  • Producer: Corinne Salisbury

Commissioned and developed by Fifth Word.

A co-production with:

Supported by: