DREAMLIKE and darkly humorous late night stories of love, connection and pork pies will be told at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre from this week.

Stories To Tell In The Middle Of The Night by writer and performer Francesca Millican-Slater will run at The Door at the Broad Street theatre from Thursday February 9 until Saturday February 18.

The production, an amusing and gripping collection of short and quirky tales that are reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults, sees Millican-Slater DJing her own late night radio show - inspired by the legendary radio shows of Ronnie Wood and Iggy Pop and including tales of everything from love and obsession to technology and disconnection.

She said: “It comes from waking up in the middle of the night, or not sleeping, of feeling, at first like you are the only one awake, you know this not to be true; the night allows a certain narcissism.

"You know of others awake and scrolling through blue screen news, looking for people, or contact or news of others dying or dieting.

“I wondered what stories I'd tell to them in the middle of the night. What stories I tell myself. Not lullabies to send you to sleep but small stories from the day in frustrations, losses, irritations, heartbreak and hope, magnified and made strange by lack of sleep, the night, the dark. I thought about radio shows, rambling raconteurs, DJ's talking in the night, in the dark, telling tales though they are not sure who is listening. I thought about people just trying to get through the night, what might be heard.”

Commissioned by The REP, the 60-minute show - which is also touring venues across the West Midlands from February 21 to March 11 - follows Millican-Slater's acclaimed one woman show Me, Myself and Miss Gibbs which ran at Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and toured extensively throughout 2012 and 2013.

Tickets for the show at The REP are priced £10 and they are available from the box office 0121 236 4455 or online from Birmingham-rep.co.uk