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Midnight is a Place

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Midnight is a Place
  • Midnight is a Place
    By Joan Aiken

  • Written By
    Joan Aiken
  • Adapted By
    Russ Tunney
  • Directed By
    Kirstie Davis
  • Designed By
    David Haworth
  • Composer/Music By
    Rebecca Applin
  • Choreographed By
    Junior Jones
This show toured from 6th Dec 2012 to 2nd Feb 2013

Midnight is a Place

by Joan Aiken

"Few Forest Forge Christmas productions have ever topped Midnight is a Place...All four actors are outstanding...for sheer entertainment and real quality acting this is a real masterpiece." John Hannam, The Stage

Midnight is a Place

Inside the gloomy Midnight Court Lucas Bell and Anna-Marie Murgatroyd live under the stewardship of Sir Randolph, owner of Blastburn’s dangerous carpet factory. When a mysterious fire forces them onto the icy streets they face danger at every turn.

Surviving in the snow can be a tricky business but Lucas and Anna-Marie’s friendship helps them discover what is needed to build a happy home and how a pie can change family history.

Following the success of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase in 2010 Forest Forge revisits this classic tale by one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors.

Join us as we return to Blastburn with a shadowy but  funny and uplifting family adventure, featuring original music and all the features of a Forest Forge winter show.

Suitable for children age 5+ and the rest of the family.

Midnight is a Place is sponsored by:

Meesons Solicitors


Follows these links for reviews of Midnight Is A Place.

The Stage

Salisbury Journal

Blackmore Vale

We are pleased to be working with four actors on Midnight Is A Place. 
They are:

Christopher Barlow

Christopher Barlow headshot

Chris is an actor artist and designer his work can be seen on www.cbarlow.co.uk. He trained at Bretton Hall. Previous experience includes: Mr Twit in ‘The Twits’ , Mullisheg in ‘Fair Maid of the West’), Long John Silver in ‘Treasure Island’, Earthworm in ‘James and the Giant Peach’ , King of Hearts / Caterpillar in ‘Alice in Wonderland’ , Falstaff in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’, Tubal in ‘The Merchant of Venice’, Gerald the Giraffe in ‘Giraffes Cant Dance’, Toad in ‘The Wind in the Willows’, Jafar in ‘Aladdin’, Lead Soloist in ‘Shall We Dance’, Hansel in ‘The Storytellers Compass’ , The Narrator in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’.

Voice and TV work: The Giants in ‘Jack the Giant Killer’(Warner Bros), Audio Book ‘Toro Toro’ by Micheal Morpugo, Radio Adverts,  Impressions/ comedy podcasts, ADR on ‘The Borgia’s’. Jack Nibbs in ‘Where are the Joneses?’ (Baby Cow), Short films: Claude in ‘Circus Story’, Malcom in ‘Punctured’,  Garrick in ‘Blinded’, John in ‘A Thousand Words’.


Lee Rufford

Lee Rufford

Lee trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Whilst training he was a winner of The Laurence Olivier Bursary Award, awarded by the Society of London Theatre. His credits whilst training include Mosca in Ben Johnson's Volpone and Chris Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Since graduating Lee has worked on a few small theatre jobs including a stint at the National Theatre with Abbie Spallen's new play 'BOGWOG'.  On screen he most recently appeared in Paddy Considine's debut feature film 'TYRANNOSAUR' which picked up several awards at Cannes film festival last year.

Lee recently worked with Forest Forge on the autumn production of Bloom.


Julie Rose Smith

Julie Rose Smith headshot

Julie trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre.

Her theatre credits include: The Secretary in Tom Stoppard’s JUMPERS (Tabard Theatre), Sara Crewe in A LITTLE PRINCESS (National tour), Sissy in COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME JIMMY DEAN  JIMMY DEAN (Gatehouse), Viola in TWELFTH NIGHT (Guildford Shakespeare Company), First Fairy & Starveling in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Guildford Shakespeare Company), Hero & 3rd Watchman in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Spoonface in SPOONFACE STEINBERG (Nuffield Theatre)- also with the Nuffield she has played Pip in BLEAK EXPECTATIONS, Lucy in CORAL, Ladybird in JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH and various parts in THE LEGEND OF HERCULES.

She has also recently completed a two-month roadshow with the CBBC running alongside the popular kids TV series TRADE YOUR WAY TO THE USA.

Julie is delighted to be back with the Forge after an adventurous and snowy season playing Sylvia in THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE.


Andrew Wheaton

Andrew Wheaton headshot

Andrew is delighted to be touring again with Forest Forge after appearing in The World Outside and The Phoenix and the Carpet last year.  Other stage work includes King Lear, Pygmalion, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Richard II, The Winter’s Tale (Young Vic);  Me and My Girl (Adelphi);  Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre Royal Haymarket);  Jekyll and Hyde (Empty Space world tour);  The Hired Man (New Perspectives);  Hamlet, The Weir, Grimms Tales, Oleanna, Romeo and Juliet, Duck Variations (Nuffield, Southampton);  Intimate Exchanges (Dress Circle Wessex).


Midnight is a Place has been made possible thanks to additional funding from

The Foyle Foundation

Barker Mill Foundation

The Barker-Mill Foundation

The Grand Judge of the Community Chest, Christine Pollard

Cllr Adrian Evans

Many thanks to our Forging Business Links members for supporting this production.

Forest Forge is leading the way for theatre companies across the country by providing a relaxed performance of a theatre show and promoting access for all.  The relaxed performance of Midnight is a Place for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or learning difficulties, and their families will take place on Thursday 3 January 2013 at 3pm at Forest Forge's Ringwood base, The Theatre Centre.  There will also be a relaxed performance at Forest Arts on Monday 7 January, 6.30pm.

A 'relaxed performance' is when the show is reworked to be suitable for an audience with ASD and/or learning difficulties.  Forest Forge will be using the special expertise within the company, alongside support from Hampshire Autistic Society, to provide this opportunity.  The company has created a social story explaining the venue and show, which is available in advance to ensure that all those attending are fully prepared for the theatre experience.

To download the social story for the relaxed performance, click here.

To download the general social story for any of the shows on the tour, click here.

To download the social story designed for schools performances, click here.

This is an opportunity for children with ASD and/or learning difficulties and their families to enjoy a professional theatre performance in a safe and supportive enviroment.

The relaxed performance of Midnight is a Place at Forest Forge's base in Ringwood has been made possible by funding from Hampshire County Council's Short Breaks fund.

To book tickets for the relaxed performance of Midnight is a Place at Forest Forge's base in Ringwood on 3rd January please click here. Tickets cost: £7 or £5 for Hampshire Gateway Card Holders

To book tickets for the relaxed performance at Forest Arts, New Milton please call 01425 612 393.

Viewer Reviews

  • Miranda Bentinck
    Posted on
    28th January 2013

    The magic of Forest Forge comes at the curtain call, when four actors appear to take their bow and, as an audience member ,you wonder where the other sixteen are! Another triumph.Completely anarchic fun, lovely songs, great set with clever lighting and video, excellent choreography and a total suspension of disbelief. I've seen it several times and every time it gets better.

  • gilliian honeybun hazelbury bryan
    Posted on
    24th January 2013

    this was a fantastic show,i so enjoyed it , you dident know where to look ,so much was going on.the players , well you could have been in a first class show in london, fantastic keep raving about how good it was,and all are getting fed up with me.more more more please

  • katie harvey
    Posted on
    17th January 2013

    i watched midnight is a play with my school and LOVED it
    the set was AMAZING
    id read the plot and there was so many challenges to over come with this performance but you ACED it.
    the actors were great all those changes of clothing!and character!
    the whole play was natural and swift
    you must

  • Stephanie stokes
    Posted on
    4th January 2013

    I have seen the performance twice now and cannot stress too heavily that it is a production not to be missed. The sheer energy and clarity of it's four cast members is outstanding! The play managers to convey the horrors of child labour in the industrial revolution without any discernible props beyond the minimum of a backdrop and era sympathetic wardrobes. All the actors are brilliant and can shift from menace to pathos in an instant!

    If you are looking for an alternative to Snow White or Cinderella, then the place is Midnight at a Forest Forge venue.Check the list as time will soon run out!

  • Christina Reynolds
    Posted on
    27th December 2012

    What these people create in the village hall is not far short of a miracle. You are led with ease through a complicated story, with scene changes winding past each other. Dark moments, poignant scenes, and the laughs we all expect of a ff show. Please come again next year!

  • Deborah Gearing
    Posted on
    7th December 2012

    I absolutely loved it!
    Sound, smell, set and film, actors...gorgeous, accomplished stuff! Congratulations to you.

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