The underground smash-hit immersive theatre experience, A Midnight Visit, by Broad Encounters Productions, has become Brisbane’s longest running staged theatre production, having taken the crown from 1996/97’s Phantom of the Opera at QPAC.
Come Sunday 30 January, A Midnight Visit will have played for 25 weeks in its multi-room fantasy warehouse in Fortitude Valley.
Defying the havoc of lockdowns and industry insecurity, this independent production has captivated over 16,000 people and has provided secure, full-time employment for over 6 months for more than 15 cast and crew, as well as some 30 additional part-time and casual staff. A Midnight Visit’s vast playground of space, limited capacity and inherent covid-safe protocols have helped it to continue virtually uninterrupted these past few months.
Director, Kirsten Siddle, reflects, “This residency has been nothing short of a dream for our collective of creatives and we couldn’t be prouder of our achievements. Creating and producing artistic work is a tough gig at the best of times, but we have been absolutely thrilled to connect with and inspire so many curious souls through this convention-shattering work.”
Lucinda Shaw, who plays the gender-bending role of The King in A Midnight Visit adds ““It’s been an incredibly invigorating adventure over the last six months for me as an actor, with such rich, multifaceted material and working in a way that is so elastic and responsive, so fresh and alive from moment to moment. The whole theatrical organism of A Midnight Visit is like a powerful living beast. I’m so in love with this fantastical world, this mindscape and the performers, crew and audience who make this dream come true.”
Audiences have been so enthralled by the immersive world created that many have re-joined the journey multiple times, with one diehard fan coming 11 times. “What makes this work so special is that it is a fully-formed world laid out ready for people to explore, discover, and journey through”, explains Kirsten Siddle. “This multi-sensory world is shape-shifting, enthralling, exciting and dynamic – surprising you at every turn through its more than 30 rooms. It draws you in and you just want to see more and more.”
Audiences, however, now have a limited window to revel in the dark and decadent world and tickets to its final weeks are selling quickly.
“It truly was a magical experience . . . I highly recommend going at least once or 4 times as there will always be something new.” Brendan Glanville
“Had the best fun! The whole thing was really fantastic.” Cassandra Matthews
“This was absolutely phenomenal. I’ve been twice and would go again in a (dying) heartbeat. I was lucky to see ‘Sleep No More’ in NYC a few years ago and thought this was going to be a smaller, lower budget version of that, but my mind was blown. I seriously can’t get over what you’ve all achieved with this production, it’s definitely one of the best theatrical experiences of my life and I hope everybody gets the chance to be part of it!” Jenny Wynter
A Midnight Visit by Broad Encounters Productions
95 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley.
Tickets are available at Eventbrite
A Midnight Visit Information: https://amidnightvisit.com/
Broad Encounters: https://www.broadencounters.com/