All the Little Lights

by Jane Upton


After a successful preview production in autumn 2015, Fifth Word are proud to be producing a full UK tour in spring 2017 of Jane Upton's extraordinary new play ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS.

“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 left. Now they’re back together for one last birthday party by the railway tracks. But can they salvage their friendship or will ghosts from the past haunt them forever?

Poignant, moving and darkly funny, this award-winning new play tells the searing story of three girls slipping through the cracks in society, desperately searching for friendship, family and themselves. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?

Written with support from charity Safe and Sound.

All The Little Lights was joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and is nominated for Best Play at the 2016 Writers' Guild Awards.

Suitable for ages 14+


“this UK tour couldn’t be more timely or more important.”
“Jane Upton’s searing three-hander … A brave and timely play laced with humour and full of characters to care about” – The Stage ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“All three actresses put in terrifically multi-faceted, realistic and often darkly funny performances.”
“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 extraordinary achievement of writer, director and actors … deeply affecting work on a too-urgent subject.” – Exeunt

“This play is very dark but holds a great deal of humour … These three little lights shone very, very bright tonight.” – Kev Castle Theatre Reviews

“The acting is excellent. Tessie Orange-Turner, Sarah Hoare and Esther-Grace Button carry off this three hander with great skill. … 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 moving drama that for all its chill bleakness has moments of humour and tenderness … three talented performers weave real-time voodoo from an electric script” – Left Lion

“an extraordinary, brave and shockingly real production that must be seen.” – Doncopolitan


Nottingham Playhouse
Tues 7th-Sat 11th Feb, 8pm
Plus matinee Sat 11th Feb, 2pm
0115 941 9419

Cast, Doncaster
Thurs 16th-Fri 17th Feb, 7:45pm
01302 303 959

Theatre Royal Wakefield
Mon 20th-Tues 21st Feb, 7:30pm
01924 211 311 / Book online here

Birmingham Rep
Weds 22nd-Sat 25th Feb, 8pm
0121 236 4455 / Book online here

Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli
Tues 28th Feb, 7pm
0845 226 3510 / Book online here

Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Fri 3rd-Sat 4th March, 8pm
Plus matinee Sat 4th March, 3pm
01206 573948 / Book online here

Hull Truck Theatre
Tues 7th-Weds 8th March, 8pm
Plus matinee Weds 8th March, 2:30pm
01482 323638 / Book online here

Quarry Theatre, Bedford
Fri 10th March, 7:30pm
01234 362337 / Book online here

Tron Theatre, Glasgow
Thurs 23rd-Sat 25th March, 8pm
0141 552 4267 / Book online here

Oxford Playhouse
Weds 29th-Thurs 30th March, 7:30pm
01865 305305 / Book online here

Stamford Arts Centre
Thurs 13th April, 7:30pm
01780 763 203 / Book online here

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Fri 14th-Sat 15th April, 8pm
01227 787787 / Book online here

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Tues 18th-Sat 22nd April, 7:45pm
01752 267222 / Book online here


Artistic Team

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

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