Metta Theatre has revealed two new projects for the start of 2022 with the return of Cells and new musical The Little Prince.
The release of second season of filmed musical drama Cells on 21 March will come a year after the first season was released in 2021.
In partnership with Royal & Derngate Northampton, The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and the Taunton Brewhouse, Cells once again stars Metta’s Patron, the Olivier award winning Clive Rowe alongside rising star Lem Knights. They are joined by Natalie Hope (The Commitments).
The first season of Cells was written, developed and recorded entirely during the 2021 winter lockdown by the award-winning writer/director by P Burton-Morgan (Madam Butterfly UK tour, In the Willows, UK tour, Jungle Book UK & International Tour) and composer Ben Glasstone. The cast album is available via Spotify and other digital platforms accessible here.
Cells is 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 said: “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.”
Later in 2022, Metta will present its brand-new circus musical extravaganza, The Little Prince, at Taunton Brewhouse.
Written and directed by P Burton-Morgan, with Candida Caldicot as Composer, and featuring a community ensemble drawn from young people across Taunton, The Little Prince will play from 6 – 30 December, with a press night on Wednesday 7 December.
A WW2 pilot has crashed in the middle of the Sahara. If she doesn’t find water soon she’ll die. But instead of water she finds a mysterious child – the Little Prince whose imaginative adventures and tales of far off planets quench a deeper thirst.
Based on the much-loved story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and complete with spectacular circus and packed full of enchanting original songs, this uplifting tale of friendship and wonder is the perfect family treat this festive season.
P Burton-Morgan continued: “We’re thrilled to partner with a local Somerset venue – the wonderful Taunton Brewhouse to present the world premiere of this new British musical – a show that we have been developing for 4 years.
“Candida’s music is enchanting, and the circus is absolutely spell-binding. For both lovers of the original story and those coming to it for the first time this will be the most delicious of festive treats – brought to life with all our trademark imagination and visual spectacle.”
Meanwhile, Metta has announced continuing support for its environmental aims through sister organisation Metta Green.
In 2020, Metta Theatre launched Metta Green – an environmental sustainability consultancy providing bespoke, practical help for companies, venues, productions and individuals to understand and reduce their environmental impacts as well as encouraging wider consciousness raising about the climate and ecological crisis.
As an early beta-tester for the Theatre Green Book sustainable productions toolkit, Metta Green Founder Will Reynolds is now also an Expert Mentor for the project, and can help support producers and green teams using the three volumes of the Theatre Green Book.
For more information, visit mettatheatre.co.uk