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10 October–4 November 2017

Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse

All The Little Lights

by Jane Upton

Directed by Laura Ford

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. 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?

Jane Upton was a joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for All The Little Lights. Now, following an acclaimed UK tour, it receives its London premiere at Arcola.

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

★★★★★ Terrifically realistic and darkly funny ... truly extraordinary and moving theatre
—Nottingham Post
★★★★★ The writing is pitch-perfect, the acting is simply sublime … genuinely an unmissable show
★★★★★ 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
★★★★★ All the Little Lights is sixty minutes of pure captivating theatre … The writing is subtle and brilliant
—Theatre Weekly
★★★★★ Jane Upton’s play has created a window into a world that has been ignored for far too long … truly incredible
—Everything Theatre
★★★★★ Electric, exhilarating … an extraordinary play .... the performances are slick, and the production is near flawless
—Theatre Box
★★★★★ Extraordinary … Director Laura Ford and designer Max Dorey create a memorable slice of life … a little jewel of compassion
—Morning Star
★★★★ A brave and timely play laced with humour and full of characters to care about ... this UK tour couldn’t be more timely or more important.
—The Stage
★★★★ This clever and delicately performed production … written and performed with incredible commitment and compassion
—Everything Theatre
★★★★★ Jane Upton’s ever so important and powerful play is heart-breaking, thought-provoking and cannot be missed.
—Millennial London
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 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
Upton handles immense tragedy with skill … All the Little Lights shines more than just a little
—Camden New Journal
The three members of the cast are wonderful … phenomenal script by Jane Upton … the best play I’ve seen this year
—The Stuart Review


Esther-Grace Button
Sarah Hoare
Tessie Orange-Turner


Jane Upton


Laura Ford

Set and Costume Design

Max Dorey

Lighting Design

Alexandra Stafford

Sound Design

Max Pappenheim
Standard £17
Concession £14

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm

Free post-show discussions

Tuesday 17 October, 8pm: with writer Jane Upton, assistant director Tilly Branson, and the cast.
Wednesday 25 October, 8pm: with director Laura Ford, a representative from Child Sexual Exploitation charity Safe and Sound, and the cast.
Wednesday 1 November, 8pm: with director Laura Ford, writer Jane Upton, resident CSE expert at Barnardo's Carron Fox, and the cast.

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 60 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language
Loud noises

Suitable for 14+

Press enquiries: Alex Shaw (Chloe Nelkin Consulting) —

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020 7503 1646

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