Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night
  • By Liam Rees
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  • 16th Aug 2016
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  • ★★★
  • 1458

Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night is both exactly what it says it whilst also proving to something rather different altogether. Armed with just a few microphones and moveable desks writer and performer Francesca Millican-Slater tells us “I’ll take you through the night. Its highs, its lows. Those frustrations. Turn on the light. Look at the time. We’ll populate the long dark hours and the small light hours with stories. People.” And so begins our journey through the night full of bizarre tales and characters.

An engaging and evocative performance

Additionally there are a few stories that feel like natural points to end the show but it keeps going on with sadly diminishing returns. Nevertheless it’s an engaging and evocative performance that remind us that “What we see at night looks very different to during the day” before reminding us that although the night is full of urban horrors, the sun still rises, we’ll make it through to the other side and we’ll be able to reconnect again.

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The Blurb

'I’ll take you through the night. Its highs, its lows. Those frustrations. Turn on the light. Look at the time. We’ll populate the long dark hours and the small light hours with stories. People.' A live late night radio show for those that can't sleep. This DJ she's playing, spinning stories that exist between now and morning. Small stories, odd, true, funny and familiar, reflecting the night hours themselves. Lost people, missed chances, words unsaid, horrors, narcissism and the creeping rage of the sleepless.