We are pleased to be collaborating again with Metta Theatre, on their filmed musical drama Cells.
Metta Theatre – one of the UK’s leading production companies devoted to British musical theatre – are pleased to announce the release of second season of filmed musical drama Cells today, Monday 21 March, a year after the first season was released in 2021, in partnership with Royal & Derngate, The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and the Taunton Brewhouse.
A test, an upcoming birthday, a family reuniting.
Alan Bennett meets The Streets in this tender and uplifting new work, giving voice to the lives of three ordinary people in search of connection…the continuation of this story of new beginnings and second chances.
You can watch the full film below.
Cells once again stars Metta’s Patron, the Olivier award-winning Clive Rowe alongside rising star Lem Knights. They are joined by Natalie Hope, whose credits include The Commitments (West End), and Sweet Charity (Royal Exchange), and Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve).
The first season of Cells was written, developed and recorded entirely during the 2021 winter lockdown by the award-winning writer/director P Burton-Morgan and composer Ben Glasstone. The cast album is available via Spotify and other digital platforms accessible here.
Cells is written and directed by P Burton-Morgan (Madam Butterfly UK tour, In the Willows, UK tour, Jungle Book UK & International Tour), with music by Ben Glasstone, mixed and mastered by Simon Small and the Musical Director is James Cleeve. The Director of Photography is Jon Dickinson, the films are edited by Will Reynolds. James Cleeve plays keys, Paul Moylan plays double bass and Curtis Volp is on guitar.
P Burton-Morgan, who in 2020 won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for musical theatre book writing for In the Willows says, “We’re delighted to be revisiting our digital musical Cells and releasing ‘Season Two’ with the introduction of a third character. With the first season having been seen by over 42,000 people across YouTube and Facebook, it’s wonderful to hopefully reach even more audiences digitally with the next instalment of this intimately moving story. Taken together both ‘seasons’ make up a full-length piece and we’re in conversation with several venues about bringing the stage version to live audiences in 2023.
It’s wonderful to see theatres recovering, but the challenge of developing and more crucially producing new British musicals remains as acute as ever. We’re excited to continue pursing digital outlets for our work alongside traditional live performances, and we hope this alongside our cast albums and music videos for other projects will help sustain interest in our quirkier projects, as well as reaching audiences who are still unable to return to in-person performance.”
For more information about Metta Theatre and the first series of Cells visit https://www.mettatheatre.co.uk/cells