Reel Life no fantasy for Alys Metcalf’s new play at St James Studio

Reel Life

Royal Court graduate Alys Metcalf’s Reel Life is set for a brief preview tour after making an impact during development at London’s St James Theatre.

Set on a secluded bank of the River Avon, Reel Life explores the delicate line between fact and fiction, and what happens to the course of our lives when that line is crossed.

The play addresses issues of love, loss and the healing power of imagination and friendship.

Directed by Adam Lenson the new play was developed with St. James RE:act in response to Lenson’s acclaimed production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For a New World which played to sell-out audiences at the St. James last July.

Reel Life returns to the St. James Studio, as part of its short, next month.

Said Lenson: “I was so taken with Alys’ poetic, witty, moving, exhilarating writing that I was compelled to develop and direct a full-length version of the play. I’m thrilled to be working with her and Folio Theatre on this show.”

Matthew Keeler, associate producer at the St. James Theatre and curator of the RE:act programme said: “We created St. James RE:act as a way of bringing together emerging artists and challenging them to create inventive and immediate theatre.

“We are delighted that Reel Life could be developed into a full-length piece and that audiences here at St. James, and across the country, will be have the opportunity to see this elegant, heart-warming story”.

The production stars actress Lizzie Stables, artistic director of Folio Theatre Company, who is best known for playing Chloe in TV series The Inbetweeners.

Reel Life tour

February 5, Trowbridge Arts
February 8-9, Ustinov Studio Bath
February 10, St. James Studio London.

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