Play about child sexual exploitation

Inspired by true stories, Jane Upton's searing new play ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS explores the experience of child sexual exploitation.

Inspired by true stories and conversations with our team here at Safe & Sound, Jane Upton’s searing new play ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS explores the experience of child sexual exploitation (CSE). It’s a deeply moving and darkly funny portrayal of three young women living on the margins, trying to deal with the experience of ongoing sexual abuse; it looks at the complicated relationships between them and the blurring of lines between victim and perpetrator. Ultimately it looks at how easily society dismisses or demonises young women who don’t conform to its idea of victimhood or innocence; and asks what happens when we look the other way.

At Safe and Sound, we know just how important it is to raise awareness of the kinds of stereotypes that still exist about ‘typical’ victims of CSE and how some people expect a victim to react or behave. The play does a fantastic job in challenging these misconceptions.

Following an acclaimed UK tour in spring 2017, ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS receives its London premiere at the Arcola.

ALL THE LITTLE LIGHTS was joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.

“Terrifically realistic and darkly funny… truly extraordinary and moving theatre” –  Nottingham Post *****

Have a read of Playwright Jane Upton talking about the origins of the play.

Watch the trailer here.

There will also be free post-show discussions with some of the creatives and cast, discussing the play’s themes in more depth, on Wednesday 25th October and Wednesday 1st November.

One of the Safe and Sound team will be joining the Q&A on Wednesday 25th October.

The production runs from 10th October – 4th November 2017 at Arcola Theatre in Dalston, London.

Book your tickets here.



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