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Published on November 25th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Midnight Live!

Ever fancied watching an episode of Doctor Who acted out before you in a claustrophobic space?

Most episodes would be virtually impossible to adapt to such a situation without major rewrites, but 2008′s Midnight - with its single location – is perfect. As part of their inaugural Midwinter Lassfest running from the 2nd – 29th January, 2012, the Lass O’Gowrie in Manchester will be holding several performances of a brand new adaptation of RTD’s classic episode in the Salmon Room above the pub.

This small theatre will serve as the claustrophobic, closed space with room for an audience of no more than 20 to add to the terror. An unofficial adaptation, the story will feature neither Donna or the Doctor (he’ll be replaced, probably by a chap named “Smith”), and is a not for profit production. Approval has been given by Russell T Davies to adapt the script and as a wonderful exercise in psychological terror and a tribute to Russell’s writing at its’ finest, they’ll be giving it their all as our way of saying “thank you” for all the telly!

Note that in this version of Midnight, there will be no David Tennant or Lesley Sharp. Instead, the entire piece will be recast; incidentally if you’re an actor and want to get involved, head to CastingCallPro for more details.

The Midwinter Lassfest also features an incredible lineup of entertainment that includes a brand new, Rebellion-sanctioned adaptation of the Ballad of Halo Jones with the blessing of Alan Moore, ITV-approved live episodes of 1968 Coronation Street as part of our Jack Rosenthal tribute season and ale tasting with actor Neil Morrissey, as well as a host of drama premieres and live music evenings.

More info as ever at www.thelass.co.uk and www.lassfest.co.uk, and we’ll have an update closer to the time.

(Big thanks and kudos to Gareth!)

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




4 Responses to Midnight Live!

  1. kopicbloodaxe says:

    Man, I wish I lived near enough to the The Lass to make it my local… :-(

  2. Rick Lundeen says:

    Even after some of the great stuff he wrote before it, RTD really hit his stride during the end of series 4. Midnight and Turn Left were easily two of the best from a spectacular season. Midnight was *so* good, one might have thought Moffat wrote it! :)

  3. Alex says:

    Sounds cool, but it’s amazing that at no point in this news item is the name of the city actually mentioned. All we can glean is that it’s in the UK. You have to go to another website to find out this is in Manchester. Remember this site gets viewers from around the world, so just saying “The Lass” means nothing to most of the readers of this site.


    • Hi Alex – thanks for pointing this out, and apologies. We’ve now amended the article appropriately

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