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A National Theatre of Scotland production.

The Fifth Step


Contains strong language, violence, and adult themes

About The Fifth Step

“The point is to divest yourself of shame… It’s about getting clean.”

Thirty something Luka is new to Alcoholics Anonymous and looking for a sponsor. James is older, has been in the programme for years, surely he’s the perfect person to shepherd the younger man through each of the twelve steps on the road to recovery. Or maybe life just isn’t that simple.

In a programme that requires both of them to come to terms with their past, can Luka and James face their transgressions to find a new way of living? 

Featuring Jack Lowden as Luka, The Fifth Step is David Ireland’s grimly comic, provocative new play about men, intimacy and what we choose to put our faith in.

Jack Lowden is an acclaimed Scottish actor. He has two BAFTA nominations, for EE Rising Star in 2020 and Best Supporting Actor for Slow Horses in 2023. He also won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in Ghosts at The Almeida.

The Fifth Step will preview at Dundee Rep Theatre before opening at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh (Edinburgh International Festival) and touring to Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow in August 2024.