Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night


A series of 9 episodes of short, strange tales. Small stories, odd, true, funny and familiar that reflect the night hours themselves. Each episode has a set of Stories that visit a different kind or part of the night. They are Stories that aren't always about the night but carry a sense of the night, of being awake when no one else is, unrest, when the sleep won't come. The things that keep us awake. Frustrations, irritations, fears, loss, love and lust. Each set of Stories is no longer than 30 minutes and has a theme that ties those stories together.There is a night out on the town, nights in with lovers, or nights up remembering the left behind. Sometimes youll get three stories, sometimes five, sometimes a mini story and a singular long tale. Ill tell you stories about dead dogs, pork pies, noisy neighbours and itches that need to be scratched. Visit to find out more, or follow us on Twitter.


  • Stories to Tell for When You Stay at Home: Episode 2

    Stories to Tell for When You Stay at Home: Episode 2

    12/05/2020 Duração: 47min

    Join Francesca on a walk with her dog, as she tells smalls stories and tries to find a sense of what she is missing.

  • Stories to Tell for When You Stay at Home: Episode 1

    Stories to Tell for When You Stay at Home: Episode 1

    16/04/2020 Duração: 57min

    Enjoy stories about the strange situation we all find ourselves in now. Stories to stay home to.

  • Behind the scenes

    Behind the scenes

    23/07/2018 Duração: 41min

    In this bonus episode Francesca talks with producer Pippa Frith and sound designer Iain Armstrong about turning the theatre show Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night into a podcast series. There are conversations about directing, editing, collaboration and whether Iain really did record the cutting his toe nails.

  • Hope


    16/07/2018 Duração: 23min

    Day is coming, the sun is rising towards the horizon, 12 degrees to go. Shining light on the frustrations and the urges and the loves and the lost as it leaves other places to darkness on the other side of the horizon. The night lingering.

  • The Inevitable

    The Inevitable

    09/07/2018 Duração: 19min

    We’ve had the darkest time of night and now she, the sun is moving upwards; little bits of light rising in the atmosphere, the day is coming, there is no stopping the inevitability of it breaking.

  • The Horrors

    The Horrors

    02/07/2018 Duração: 28min

    Tonight it’s the Horrors (not the mid-noughties indie rock band, but the night chills, the night sweats, Witching Hour). Wherever you are, let's say it's way past our bedtime, the sun is more than 18 degrees below the horizon, the darkest time, the night proper. Street lights perhaps, make shadows through cracks in curtains, things come half formed, cupboards and shelves looming with hands outstretched. Aches and creaks sound as footsteps. Coming...

  • The Lovers

    The Lovers

    25/06/2018 Duração: 31min

    The Night Belongs to Lovers, so we are wrapped up and in the comfort of familiar arms, safety in another's breath... stories of finding each other in a potent sense of smell, original ways to measure time together and a man with his eye on a match made.

  • The Distractions

    The Distractions

    18/06/2018 Duração: 21min

    The night time can be the right time for hookups and booty calls, last minute love-ins and for finally doing something x-rated with that one person you'd kept on the back burner. Even though you shouldn't have. But really you should.

  • The Losses: Part Two

    The Losses: Part Two

    11/06/2018 Duração: 27min

    This set of stories is the Losses part 2: The Lost and the Left Behinds. The ghosts that come crowding in, crawling up the covers and sticking their fingers in your ears. We'll hear about a last act of kindness intended for the left behind and someone trying to lose themselves just to prove a point.

  • The Losses: Part One

    The Losses: Part One

    04/06/2018 Duração: 26min

    This week, the Found and Lost: the ghosts that come crawling in at night, the people, the things we have lost. We'll be hearing stories from people who have found a way to combat loss, found sleep, or something they never really wanted.

  • The Frustrations

    The Frustrations

    28/05/2018 Duração: 25min

    In this set of stories, it’s the frustrations we're looking at; the things that churn around your brain to stop you sleeping, the indignations we invent about others who cut in and cut up.

  • A Night Out

    A Night Out

    21/05/2018 Duração: 27min

    From dancing under disco lights to blood on the pavement, with the watchers and the shakers in between, here's some stories as an ode to nights out, your first one, the regular ones, the ones that don't end as they should.

  • Trailer


    08/05/2018 Duração: 02min

    An introduction to Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night, written and performed by Francesca Millican-Slater.