Have you booked yet for the critically acclaimed London premiere of Jane Upton’s award-winning play All the Little Lights, inspired by sexual exploitation scandals like the Rochdale sex ring? The Fifth Word production, transferred from Nottingham Playhouse, is running at London’s Arcola Theatre until 4 November 2017. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite review quotes below…
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. While Amy just wants to belong. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?
With the threat of sexual exploitation lurking in the shadows, we see three forgotten girls spending one last night together by the railway line. All the Little Lights examines their desperation to recover what they’ve lost – friendship, family, safety. Esther-Grace Button, Sarah Hoare and Tessie Orange-Turner star, directed by Laura Ford.
All the Little Lights runs at London’s Arcola Theatre until 4 November 2017. Hour-long performances run Mondays to Saturdays at 8pm, with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £17 (£14 concessions).
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Gregory Forrest: “Hilarious and heart-breaking in equal measure, Jane Upton’s work is a darkly realistic shock to the system.”
Daniel Perks: “All The Little Lights is a slow burner, the knowledge that something is intrinsically wrong without finding out what until near the end… Most disturbing in the truth it tells.”
Greg Stewart: “All the Little Lights is sixty minutes of pure captivating theatre, expertly brought together to highlight the distressing issues of these young girls who find they have been discarded, like the empty crisp packets and drinks cans surrounding their tent.”
Amy Stow: “All The Little Lights is genuinely an unmissable show, both because of the production itself, but more for the stories that need to be heard. Even if you don’t see anything else this winter: see this.”
I Thank You Theatre – ★★★★★
Paul Joyce: “Even when you know what’s coming, the revelations are quite simply devastating: it’s one of those plays that makes you feel you’ve intruded on private grief so well do the three leads perform and so true are Upton’s sentiments… This is a potent reminder of the power of theatre and the three actors are simply electric.”
Olivia Mackrill: “There is a sense of desperation that overwhelms the production, and it feels as if time is running out for these girls. We see only sixty minutes of their lives, and it is as if they are balancing on a high-wire… Upton’s All the Little Lights is not only a thought-provoking piece of theatre, it is transformative.”
Millennial London – ★★★★★
Sarah Louhichi: “Button, Hoare and Orange-Turner take the audience on a dark journey through unimaginable experiences… this play needs to be seen. It needs to be seen now.”
Mary Conway: “What is so extraordinary about Upton’s play is how she effortlessly drip-feeds insights through authentic dialogue which has no vocabulary for the girls’ plight.”
“I left the theatre with my heart pounding in my chest, unable to form coherent sentences for half an hour… It’s a deeply compelling, often hilarious drama, and is not only a terrific piece of theatre, but an essential one.”