All the Little Lights

all lights theNominated for Best Play at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards 2017 and joint winner of the George Devine Award 2016, All the Little Lights toured the UK in spring 2017 and ran for four weeks at Arcola, London, in October/November 2017.

Commissioned by Fifth Word. Produced by Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse. Directed by Laura Ford. Published by Nick Hern Books.


“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

“an extraordinary achievement of writer, director and actors … deeply affecting work on a too-urgent subject.”

“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”

“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

“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

“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

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

“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.”
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 she’s back for one last birthday party by the railway tracks. Can their relationship be rekindled or will the ghosts of the past haunt them forever?Packed with crackling dialogue, darkness and laugh-out-loud humour, All the Little Lights is about being young, alone and trying to survive. Written with support from charity Safe and Sound, the play considers where we find family and how easy it is to slip through the cracks in society.

All the Little Lights was commissioned by Fifth Word in 2014. The play previewed in Nottingham and Derby in 2015.