Welcome to The Middle of Nowhere! Where people eat their words, cry over spilt milk and let cats out of the bag – our musical play tells the story of a fictional medieval town where all of the weird and wonderful idioms in the English language were founded.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – so naturally the notoriously ugly King Silverspoon wants all of the eyes in the kingdom. But when he hears news of a ferocious beast with one big, beautiful eye lurking in the woods outside of town, a wild adventure beckons and all hell breaks loose.
From the dastardly King (born with a silver spoon in his mouth – literally) to Seraphina the Sorceress and her bottle of crocodile tears, our musical play is a darkly comic tale full of absurd characters, stories and songs. Inspired by The League of Gentlemen, Game of Thrones and all things medieval, The Dead of Night in the Middle of Nowhere is a romp through our most curious idioms and how they (possibly) came to be.
The Dead of Night in the Middle of Nowhere is a folk musical that takes inspiration from folklore, fairy-tales, Medieval morality plays, Jacobean tragicomedy, sketch comedy and cabaret. Set in a fictional medieval kingdom – The Middle of Nowhere – the play imagines how well-known idioms such as ‘curiosity killed the cat’ and ‘crying over spilt milk’ came to be. These tales are interwoven as part of a spectacularly surreal narrative journey which centres around the dastardly King Silverspoon (born with a silver spoon in his mouth – literally) and his search for the eye of The Beast.
Thomas Manson: Co-Writer, Co-Composer, Performer & Musician
Kate Stokes: Co-Writer, Performer & Musician
Sophie Jackson: Co-Composer & Musician
Alison Cowling: Performer & Musician
Daniel Duncan: Performer & Musician
Ashley Scott: Performer
This production toured to:
10 Feet Tall, Cardiff Fringe Festival – June 2016
Brainchild Festival – July 2016
(Extract) Tobacco Factory Theatres’ Prototype at The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol – November 2016
The Room Above, Bristol -February 2017