The Midnight Run (MNR) lands in Reading on Saturday, to take you on a walking, arts-filled, night-time cultural journey through the town's hidden and urban spaces. Bringing together strangers and local artists, MNR will see you explore, play and create, whilst Reading sleeps. The MNR aims to break down social barriers and provide a platform for established and emerging creatives, bringing moments of genuine interactive creativity.
Beginning at a secret location, Kit Caless will take you on a journey, guiding you through the lesser-known nooks and crannies of the town before ending in a hidden location at midnight. As always, in typical Midnight Run fashion, expect the unexpected and come to have fun.
We're very pleased to confirm the local artists who will be joining you for this night of surprises:
Christie is Reading Rep's Associate Director, and directed the award winning Ben-Hur in 2016. Previously she was the Drama Artist for the Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh. Christie trained at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and has worked as an Associate Artist for the Grassmarket Project throughout the UK and internationally. Christie has been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Travelling Trust Fellowship and the Bruce Miller Award for Directing.
Julie Calce Bunker
Julie is a mixed media artist and specialises in working with paper, paper mache and textiles. She loves drawing and is influenced by illustration and nature. Julie is an experienced arts educator and has a fun and playful approach to allow creativity to flourish.
Matt Emmett is a multi international award winning architectural photographer with a specialism for at-risk heritage and historic locations. His work takes him on adventures around Europe to forgotten places with incredible stories to tell. He is also a designer working for a large toy company. He runs the popular website and social channels Forgotten Heritage. www.forgottenheritage.co.uk
Nicole Monique Johnson
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Nicole's musical background hails from the American church gospel tradition. In 1999, she came to Reading, UK to study English Literature and joined the University Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Patrick Kelley as its soloist. This led to the beginnings of a jazz solo performance career, which would span England, Los Angeles and Paris. Nicole lives in Reading with her husband Zaránd and their young sons Peter, Emil and Jamie.