All the Little Lights

By Jane Upton

All the Little Lights

George Devine Award - 2016

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ISBN: 9781848426351
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 9th February 2017
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: 2015; Fifth Word UK tour, 2017

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‘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 of the past haunt them forever?

Poignant, moving and darkly funny, All the Little Lights is the searing story of young 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?

Jane Upton's All the Little Lights was joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright, and was nominated for Best Play at the 2017 Writers’ Guild Awards. Produced by Fifth Word, and written with support from charity Safe & Sound, the play toured the UK in 2017, following a successful run in 2015.

'Terrifically realistic and darkly funny... truly extraordinary and moving theatre'

- Nottingham Post

'Couldn’t be more timely or more important… laced with humour and full of characters to care about'

- The Stage

'Deeply affecting work on an urgent subject… cultivates empathy without sanitising or over-determining the characters'

- Exeunt Magazine

Jane Upton is a playwright whose work includes All the Little Lights (George Devine Award, 2016; Fifth Word UK tour, 2017); Watching the Living, an adaptation of two Daphne du Maurier short stories (New Perspectives Theatre UK tour, 2014); Swimming (Menagerie Theatre Hotbed Festival, 2013/Soho/Edinburgh Festival, 2014); Bones (Fifth Word, Edinburgh Festival/UK tour 2011–2012).

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