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All the Little Lights

by Jane Upton

Joint winner of the George Devine Award 2016.

Nominated for Best Play at the Writers’ Guild Awards 2017 and Best New Play at the Off West End Awards

"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+


Esther-Grace Button
Sarah Hoare
Tessie Orange-Turner

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


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

Terrifically realistic and darkly funny performances...truly extra-ordinary and moving theatre

Nottingham Post


A brave and timely play laced with humour and full of characters to care about ... this couldn’t be more timely or more important.

The Stage


"the action is utterly engrossing, fresh and theatrically exciting … this electric play does the seemingly impossible: it outshines its former superb self."

East Midlands Theatre

An extraordinairy achievement of writer, director and actors… deeply affecting work on a too-urgent subject

Exeunt Magazine

"Jane Upton's writing is top notch. Witty and shocking but always very real."

My Nottz

"really packs a punch... thought provoking and powerful, excellently written and delivered."

It's Much More


A rare, beautiful piece of theatre

Stage Talk Magazine

"an extraordinary, brave and shockingly real production that must be seen."


"there is a wholeness and life to this play; it doesn’t shout about its issues but it wears its heart on its sleeve instead."


Three talented performers weave real-time voodoo from an electric script

Left Lion


"Laura Ford's production is brought to raw, unrelenting life by Orange-Turner, Esther-Grace Button as Amy and Sarah Hoare as Lisa"

Glasgow Herald


“Uncomfortably compelling … an emotional rollercoaster ride through a belated 15th birthday party where the unspoken speaks loudest”

Reviews Hub


All the Little Lights is sixty minutes of pure captivating theatre … The writing is subtle and brilliant

Theatre Weekly


Quite simply devastating … a potent reminder of the power of theatre…All the Little Lights is more than thought-provoking, it is transformative as well as entertaining



The writing is pitch perfect.. the acting is simply sublime.. genuinely an unmissable show


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