“Reel Life incorporates subjects of love, loss and loneliness...packing an emotional punch. The play shows us the importance of being, here in the present moment...no matter if we live above or below the surface”
Everything Theatre for Folio's 2016 stage production

Tour Dates

The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
15 (premier) - 19 March  -  online sharing

Acorn Theatre, Penzance
20 - 21 March – online sharing

Crowcombe Cinema
27 March - in theatre screening)

East Riding Theatre, Beverley
29 & 31 March - in theatre screenings

Shaftesbury Theatre, Dawlish

9 April - in theatre screening and online sharing

The Princess Theatre, Burnham on Sea
27 April - online sharing

Further dates TBA

At the edge of a remote riverbank, two unlikely strangers meet.

Jo, a children’s writer, is teaching herself to fish. Mark, a dryly eccentric recluse, has come to practice his daily Tai Chi. In a different time and space, a lone stranger addresses a partner from a once happy relationship. 


Performed and filmed live on location in Wiltshire, exclusively for a digital theatre audience, Reel Life grapples with themes of recovery, re-connection and loss - and what really lies beneath the surface. .  


This remount of Folio’s 2016 stage production gives Alys Metcalf’s beautiful play the new life it deserves and explores the relationship between theatre and film.


Please be aware that Reel Life incorporates themes around mortality and illness which might be triggering for some viewers.

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Folio's 2022 digital remount of Reel Life was filmed in three locations, over three days - each scene filmed live with a fixed rig and theatrical filming techniques. Each scene was shot from beginning to end in one continuous take. Continuous performances from beginning to end - a filmed play rather than a film.


Michael Palmer - Mark/G

Lizzie Stables - Jo

Matt Tait - Huw/T

Written by: Alys Metcalf
Directed by: Adam Lenson

Technical Director: Christian Czornyj for Theatrical Solutions
Designed by: Libby Todd

Based on original designs for the stage by Sam Wilde
Lighting design by: Matt Daw

Lighting Associate: Gabriel Finn

Production Assistant: Finlay Jackson 
Produced by: Liz Vogler for Folio


In association with Pound Arts and English Touring Theatre


Supported by Arts Council England

and Jack Lane Foundation


Full list of credits and signposting docs available here (contains spoilers)