JANE UPTON’s plays include FINDING NANA (New Perspectives, Pleasance Beside, Edinburgh Fringe, 2017), ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS (Fifth Word, UK tour, Arcola Theatre autumn 2017), WATCHING THE LIVING – an adaptation of two short stories by Daphne Du Maurier (New Perspectives, UK tour), SWIMMING (Menagerie Theatre, Hotbed Festival, Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), and BONES (Fifth Word, Edinburgh Festival and UK tour).

ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS was nominated for Best Play at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2017, and saw Jane joint winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. The play is published by Nick Hern Books.

Jane attended Stephen Jeffreys’ Advances in Scriptwriting RADA, received a bursary from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and was shortlisted for CBBC New Voices Initiative. She is represented by Micheline Steinberg Associates

Review excerpts:


Storytelling to perfection, the performance of this shockingly realistic script – ever more pertinent in the light of recent riots – left me agape in wide-eyed awe. 
(Three Weeks)

The character of) Mark is engaging, intriguing, fascinating – I want to know his story. Jane Upton is a name to look out for.
(Mark Ravenhill, Playwright)

… one of the Fringe’s most prescient plays on modern Britain… believable, powerful and quite genuinely heartbreaking.
(Fest Magazine)


This is a neatly economical script from up and coming writer, Jane Upton.
(Edinburgh Evening News)

Upton has created a delightful new play that could be a favorite (sic) for student and young adult theatre groups to produce for years to come.
(Huffington Post)

Acclaimed playwright Jane Upton has written another nuanced drama.
(The Stage)

Jane Upton’s three-hander contains some deft observations about young people whose sense of possibilities can seem almost infinite one minute and non-existent in the next.
(The Scotsman)


…this production of two of Daphne Du Maurier’s short stories engenders chills of disquiet and even the first prickles of dread. Jane Upton has entwined Du Maurier’s The Apple Tree and The Little Photographer together in a two-act play that explores the author’s obsession with dark desire.
(The Stage)


…truly extraordinary and moving theatre.
(Nottingham Evening Post)


(Three Weeks)

Opening up into surprising panoramas of grief and longing… a smart and understated Fringe find.
(The Stage)

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