All the Little Lights

by Jane Upton

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

After a successful National Tour in spring 2017, Fifth Word are proud to be bringing Jane Upton's extraordinary new play ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS to the Arcola Theatre in London this October-November.


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?

Following an acclaimed UK tour in spring 2017, ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS receives its London premiere at the Arcola. ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS was joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.

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

Suitable for ages 14+

We are delighted that ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS has been nominated for Best New Play at the OffWestEnd Awards (Offies).

Reviews of the London run:

“an astonishing achievement … The best play I have seen this year; it is urgent, compelling, and demands an audience”
– The Play’s The Thing

“the writing is pitch-perfect, the acting is simply sublime … genuinely an unmissable show”
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“quite simply devastating … a potent reminder of the power of theatre … the three actors are simply electric … All the Little Lights is more than thought-provoking, it is transformative as well as entertaining”
– IthankyouTheatre ✮✮✮✮✮

“All the Little Lights is sixty minutes of pure captivating theatre … The writing is subtle and brilliant”
– Theatre Weekly ✮✮✮✮✮

“this clever and delicately performed production … written and performed with incredible commitment and compassion”
– Everything Theatre ✮✮✮✮

“Jane Upton’s play has created a window into a world that has been ignored for far too long … truly incredible”
– Upper Circle Theatre ✮✮✮✮✮

“the atmosphere looms over the scene like a caged beast, ready to strike at any moment … Director Ford keeps the pot bubbling, bringing it close to boiling over without ever quite losing control of the pace or tension.”
– Culture By Night

“as scintillating as it’s heartbreaking … Anything Upton writes now will excite the keenest interest.”
– Fringe Review

“electric, exhilarating … an extraordinary play”
“the performances are slick, and the production is near flawless.”
“not only a terrific piece of theatre, but an essential one.”
– Theatre Box ✮✮✮✮✮

“The three members of the cast are wonderful … phenomenal script by Jane Upton … the best play I’ve seen this year”
– The Stuart Review

“Upton handles immense tragedy with skill … All the Little Lights shines more than just a little”
– Camden New Journal

“Jane Upton’s ever so important and powerful play is heart-breaking, thought-provoking and cannot be missed.”
– Millennial London ✮✮✮✮✮

“extraordinary … Director Laura Ford and designer Max Dorey create a memorable slice of life … a little jewel of compassion”
– Morning Star ✮✮✮✮✮

“a dark and moving story”
– Paul in London ✮✮✮✮

“simply unforgettable”
– Terri Paddock




Arcola Theatre, London
10th October-4th November 2017



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

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