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MIDNIGHT THEATRE COMPANY

innovative, intimate storytelling

 

 

summer 2017 season:

FORTY WEEKS:
Powell Theatre, Hereford: 31st July
Mint Studio, Edinburgh: 4th - 12th August

DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD:
Powell Theatre, Hereford: 13th, 14th September

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A company who feel genuinely fresh and innovative”
— audience review

about

Midnight Theatre is an ensemble specialising in bringing storytelling back to its roots, producing a range of intimate theatrical productions in a variety of venues, aiming to appeal to the young adult and student-based audiences.

It all started when a group of students from Hereford, UK decided they wanted to independently create theatre on their own terms. Bringing together a range of original writing and pre-written works, they formed Midnight Theatre and produced a high-risk but ultimately successful summer programme, kick-starting the company in a big way.

The core components of the company consist of directors and co-founders Matt Owen and Jo Moore, alongside producer George Kirby and writer Joel Moore as well as a varied range of actors and performers.

Now into their second summer season, Midnight Theatre is significantly expanding, taking on an original musical and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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upcoming productions

Forty Weeks:

Powell Theatre, Hereford: 31st July
Mint Studio, Edinburgh: 4th - 12th August

Forty Weeks is an original play directed and written by Midnight Theatre co-founder Matt Owen, performing a 9-date run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

Exploring elements of stillbirth through an abstract look into the mind of a grieving mother, Forty Weeks takes an honest and uncompromising look into the sinister side of the maternal mindset. By incorporating real testimony and research into the script, taking inspiration from real stories, the production aims to produce a sense of realism in the abstract setting which it is set.

With a cast of only three in a small venue, Forty Weeks aims to be an intimate and personal experience, without scaring or intruding on the audience. (Recommended age: 14 and above)

Winner of the Lord Rootes Memorial Fund Award and is performed in association with the University of Warwick.

Booking links can be found below (currently unavailable):

 

DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD:

Powell Theatre, Hereford: 13th, 14th September

Danny the Champion of the World is an original musical written by Midnight Theatre co-founder Jo Moore, based on Roald Dahl's classic children's book performing for 2 nights only in Hereford.

This family-friendly romp through the English countryside encapsulates all the humour, ingenuity and emotion of the source text in a multitude of musical numbers sure to put a smile on your face.

The production intends to highlight the storytelling aspects of the tale, blurring the lines between cast and band to create a fluid rhythm to the piece, reducing the normal 'stage-y' nature of a musical, and adapting it into a more personal experience.

With a large and talented cast, alongside an experienced crew, with an impressive set, Danny the Champion of the World is a must-see, especially since this will be the world-premiere of Jo Moore's new adaptation.

The booking link can be found below (currently unavailable):

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past productions

THE LADYKILLERS
August 2016

Written by Graham Linehan (The IT Crowd, Father Ted), The Ladykillers follows the story of the 1955 film in a wild and farcical manner.

Mrs Wilberforce opens her house to a lodger, Marcus, who she believes to be a musician, but unbeknown to her, Marcus and his cronies, the band, are actually planning a bank heist. In classic farcical fashion, everything goes wrong and soon the play descends into hysterical madness as the plan falls apart, one element at a time.

The Ladykillers was performed at the Powell Theatre in August 2016 for two successful nights, with the performances, set and direction praised by the audience. Directed by Matt Owen, produced by George Kirby and with leading performances from Gez Downing, Jo Moore and Louis Breen.

Audience praise for Midnight Theatre's The Ladykillers:

"Side-splittingly funny, a dull moment was nowhere to be seen"
"Professional standard performances in a truly superb production"
"Hysterical, impressive and surprisingly emotional - congratulations!"
"I loved it, I wish I could watch it all over again, I haven't laughed that hard in years"

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAm
July 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream is arguably Shakespeare's most famous comedy and it follows three different storylines. Firstly, The Athenians: a group of four lovers; secondly, The Fairies: the magical forest-dwellers in war; and thirdly The Mechanicals: a group of amateur actors. As the play unfolds the groups become intrinsically intertwined, creating a clever and magical comedy.

Performed outdoors in July 2016, Midnight Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream added musical elements to the production, creating a performance space where the lines between audience and actor were blurred and the magical setting briefly became a reality.

Directed by Matt Owen, with leading performances by Owen Cowden, Rachel Roper and Tara Pirce

Audience praise for Midnight Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream:

"Truly magical - my very first Shakespeare and I loved it!"
"A beautifully conceived and very well executed project, bringing comedy, fun and magic to an otherwise overdone play"
"Utterly engrossing - splendid work!"
"You brought out the beauty of the language, drawing laughs, tears and everything in between - splendid."

 

ELECTRA
JUNE 2016

The conception of Midnight Theatre came with the initial production of Electra, a comic adaptation written by Joel Moore and Matt Owen over their final year at sixth-form.

Electra follows the story of Electra and her husband whilst they find her long lost brother, Orestes, and plot to kill their treacherous mother, Clytemnestra. Added to the traditional story came a meta subplot packed full of in-jokes resulting in uproarious laughs.

Electra was performed for 5 performances in the Powell Theatre, Hereford with a cast of over 20, selling out the 100-person studio for every performance.

Directed by Matt Owen, with Musical Direction from Jo Moore. Written by Joel Moore and Matt Owen, and produced by George Kirby with leading performances from Louis Breen, Ellen Oliver-Davies, Ali Milne and Felix Jones.

Audience praise for Midnight Theatre's Electra:

"One of the best shows I've seen in years - see you on the West End!"
"An incredible achievement, made even more impressive by the youth of the cast and crew"
"Brilliantly funny, but not at its own expense - amazing writing!"

contact us

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Alternatively, email us directly by getting in contact with Matt Owen at msfowen@gmail.com.