All the Shining Lights

Producer: HotHouse Theatre
Writer: Conceived by Carm Hogan & Brendan Hogan. Written by Brendan Hogan
Directed By: Karla Conway

A whimsical and life affirming family adventure about courage, wisdom and what we can achieve when we work together.


THE world is full of ordinary people in ordinary towns. But ordinary people, with courage, can do extraordinary things. All The Shining Lights is a story about courage and wisdom. A story about Charli and John and an aeroplane — one young, one old, all lost. Charli is bold, headstrong and desperate to soar over the hurdle’s life throws in her way. John is old, bitter and afraid of what comes next. The Uiver is an aeroplane caught up in a storm with no map, no guide, and nowhere to land. At a time when so much of the world feels lost and adrift, Charli flies into John’s room at Sunset Oaks and into his heart. Together they unlock the dramatic rescue of the Uiver plane and the little pearls of wisdom we all need, to face life and to face death. This is a story of then and now and what is yet to come.

Based on the emergency landing of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines DC-2 ‘UIVER’ , Albury Racecourse 1934.


ALL THE SHINING LIGHTS is an intergenerational family show for all ages 7yrs – 107yrs

Based on a true story, this magnificent tale is about courage and wisdom, owning your own story and the legacy we leave behind.

Written by Martin Lysicrates Playwriting Prize winner for young audiences Brendan Hogan (Winner 2019, Finalist 2018 & 2022) this whimsical, adventurous, and hilarious play is perfectly pitched for kids, parents and grandparents.

Short Reviews

Beautifully pitched for family audiences
A memorable and moving production from one of our most important regional theatre companies.
Captivates the audience with humour and heart
Border Mail


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Technical Information

Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: 8 hrs
Bump-out Time: 3 hrs
Interval: No


Presenter to supply:

  • A full pre-rig of all lighting prior to commencement of bump in
  • All colour for fixtures
  • Minimum lighting fixtures:
  • 21 x 25-50 Proflies
  • 33 x Fresnels
  • 1 x Hazer
  • DMX and power run for any additional toured fixtures
  • Minimum 65 dimmers

Touring company to supply:

  • Venue specific lighting plan
  • 10 x Led Profiles
  • 1 x smoke machine
  • 13 x practicle lights / set electircs
  • 1 x ETC ION (if required)


The production utilises surround sound.

Presenter to supply

  • 2 X FOH Speakers
  • 2 X Rear surround speakers
  • Subs appropriate to your venue
  • Touring company to supply
  • 1 x Audio interface
  • 1 x MacBook pro running Qlab


The set is a small rotating room of wodden construction with an offset pivot point.
The room sits upon a patchwork of carpet squares laid on plywood sheeting. The downstage
sheets contain set electrics.

The set contains 3 flown cityscapes with electrical wiring, two of the flown elements are
required to fly in during the performance.

This show is suitable for a venue with a fly tower or with fixed lighting grids.
In venues with fixed lighting grids we will tour the equipment to rig and fly the flown
elements. Minimum rating of 200KG distributed load.

An advanced rigger will be required to install flown equipment. (Venue to supply)

The set has been sprayed with Rosco Flamex SF Flame Retardant.

Crew Notes

Bump In

  • 2 x MX 4 hour call
  • 1 x SX 2 hour call
  • 2 x LX 4 hour call
  • 1 x V Tech 2 hour call
  • 1 x Op 2 hour call
  • 1 x Advanced rigger

Show Call

  • 1 x LX Op
  • 1 x MX (TBC)

Bump Out

  • 3 x MX 3 hour call

Transport Notes

  • People mover
  • 1 x 3 tonne truck

Audience & Marketing Notes

ALL THE SHINING LIGHTS is an intergenerational family show for all ages 7yrs – 107yrs

Based on a true story, this magnificent, adventurous tale is about courage and wisdom, owning your own story and the legacy we leave behind. Its also about the magical relationships shared between the young and young at heart. It is heartwarming, whimsical, hilarious and true!

Young People – 7yrs +
Parents | Grandparents
Retirement Villages
Primary Schools (Yr 2-6)
Secondary Drama

Selling Points

  • Think ABC's OLD PEOPLES HOME FOR TEENAGERS meets David Walliams' GRANDPA'S GREAT ESCAPE and you’ve got ALL THE SHINING LIGHTS – The Great Uiver Rescue of 1934.
  • Whimsical. Hilarious. Life Affirming. Family Adventure.
  • Intergenerational story for young people, parents & grandparents
  • Based on a true story - the Great Uiver Rescue of 1934.
  • Written by Martin Lysicrates Playwriting Prize winner for young audiences Brendan Hogan (Winner 2019, Finalist 2018 & 2022)
  • History buffs will revel in the true stories of the Centenary of Melbourne, MacRobertsons Centenary Air Race (London to Melbourne), the Great Uiver Rescue by the people of Albury Wodonga

Community Engagement

  • OWNING YOUR OWN STORY - a practical workshop for schools, youth theatres, emerging artists exploring the many exquisite theatrical possibilities within your own story, or the stories in your town. Drawing on themes in the play, artists learn to mine their own journeys and create theatrical responses in spirit of \'doing the best you can, with what you have\'! Max 25 participants. 60 mins.

Content Warning

The play contains themes of death and grief.





02 6021 7433



Venue Format

Proscenium, Black Box, Flat Floor, Thrust


65 Minutes

Available Until (from - to)



Budget & Fees

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In Development - work which will be produced and premiered in time for touring during 2022/2023. Please contact the Producer directly for Budgets and Fees.

Remount: $29000

Weekly Sell Off: $17500

Per Performance: $6000

Royalties: 15%
Apra Obligations: Nil

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