Meet the cast
Panic Buy, Embraceable You, Silence and Intelligence - here's a look at the cast from our Lockdown Lives Shorts.
Panic Buy by Anna O’Grady
Frances Eva Lea (Jade)
Frances Eva Lea is an actress, musician and writer.
She recently performed her one woman show BEASTLY at The Vaults Festival and is now developing the idea for screen.
Anna O’Grady is a writer with a background in live comedy.
Most recently taking Anna & Helen: Stuck In A Rat to the Edinburgh Festival in 2019 (‘Comedic bliss’ – The Guardian), as well as developing scripts for TV. She is also an actor, having toured extensively in Theatres throughout the UK as well as appearing in TV shows including Flowers (Channel 4 / Netflix), Midsomer Murders (ITV) and Holby City (BBC), and Films including Black Pond, Complicit and Mars 1001.
Anna O’Grady (Emma)
Trained as an actor at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is currently working on The Winter’s Tale at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The Exorcist (UK Tour), Describe the Night (Hampstead), The Knowledge (Charing Cross), Hedda Gabler (Salisbury), Abigail’s Party (Bath and UK tour), Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead, Harold Pinter), Shiver (Watford Palace), Playing with Grown Ups (Theatre503), Dr.Korczak’s Example and A Winter’s Tale (Unicorn), Titanic (MAC Belfast), Pushing Up Poppies (Theatre 503), Seven Jewish Children (Royal Court),The Common Pursuit (Menier Chocolate Factory), Three sisters on Hope street( Everyman Liverpool,Hampstead), Two Thousand Years (Mike Leigh-National Theatre and tour), Hamlet (Nuffield Theatre); The Dwarfs (Tricycle Theatre); Romeo & Juliet (UK Tour), As You Like It, Sweat (Bloomsbury),Hedda Gabler, The Man of the future is Dead (Edinburgh), Rose and the Ring; Guys & Dolls, Les Grandes Meaulnes, Judging Billy Jones (Young Vic.)
Small Axe (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC), Casualty (BBC), Midsummer Murders (ITV), Maigret (ITV), X Company,The Coroner (BBC), New Blood (BBC), The Lost Honour of Christopher Jeffries (ITV), Call The Midwife Series 1-6 Playing Sergeant Peter Noakes (BBC),Whitechapel (ITV), Dark Matters (Discovery), The Runaway (Sky), Trinity (ITV), The Passion (HBO/BBC), Maxwell (international emmy), The Candidate, Judge John Deed, Dwarfs, Band of Brothers (HBO/BBC-winner of Golden Globe and Emmy), A Touch of Frost, Soldier, Soldier, Inspector Morse, The Perfect Blue, Where The Heart Is.
The Harness, The Commuter, Leapyear, Guy Ritchie&39;s Rocknrolla, Driver (official selection for the London Film Festival 2009), Hospital, Patrick Mann’s Daughter, Scotch Corner.
Directing credits include:
SNAP.CATCH.SLAM (Pleasance,Edinburgh), The Collector (Underbelly Edinburgh and Arcola London), King Lear, As You Like it, King John, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Orphans(Various Drama Schools). Short films- Park Life, Hope, Intern, Man’s Best Friend, Kung Fu Action Chic, Wilting. Started Aslan Productions in 2002 and co-produced &; Everything is Illuminated; (Hampstead Theatre).
Joey trained on the Actor Musicianship course at Rose Bruford.
As a musical director, assistant MD, composer and/or arranger credits include:
Snow White (NIE, Cambridge Junction & Tobacco Factory); ICARUS (The Wild and The Innocent); Assassins (Watermill Theatre & Nottingham Playhouse); A Midsummer Nights Dream (Watermill Theatre); Reasons To Be Cheerful (Graeae); The Comedy About A Bank Robbery (Mischief Theatre & Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus); Oliver! (Watermill Theatre); Three Minute Heroes (Belgrade Theatre); The Threepenny Opera (Graeae/UK Tour); The Snow Spider (Io Theatre Company); Our House (New Wolsey Theatre/UK Tour); Dreamboats and Petticoats (BKL Playhouse Theatre, West End) Joey is also an actor and has performed in many of the shows above as well as many other productions across the country.
Embraceable You by Jessica Norman
Joseph Adelakun (Grabriel)
Joseph is a graduate of Rose Bruford College.
Theatre credits include:
The Winter’s Tale, Comedy Of Errors (National Theatre), Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus (RSC), Richard II (Arcola Theatre), What The
Thunder Said (Theatre Centre), Boi Boi Is Dead (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Watford Palace Theatre), Back To The Future (Secret Cinema), In the Jungle of the Cities (Arcola Theatre), Whole (20 Stories High), Run! A Sports Day Musical (Polka Theatre).
Screen credits include:
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (Legendary Entertainment), The Mime, Love Bitten (Dan Allen Films), Rosemary Jane (London Film School) and Little Big Planet PS Vita (Sony)
Audio credits include:
Radio Elusia (Boundless Theatre)
On screen she is known for Channel 4's comedy series Not Safe for Work, Film 4's drama Rebecca and Sterling Picture's horror film The Convent.
Her most recent film Embraceable You won 'Best Isolation Short' at the LA Motion Picture film festival.
Her roles in the theatre have ranged from Shakespeare's heroines (Beatrice, Rosalind, Viola, Cordelia, Katherine) to Tennesse Williams' leading ladies and Noel Coward's comediennes. She most recently trod the boards in Blithe Spirit (Duke of York, Richard Eyre).
Trained at the prestigious Drama Centre London, her love for acting grew at Tonbridge School, and her Dutch & Italian heritage fostered her love of language.
A champion of mental health she has previously worked with the incredible charity Mind, and is also training as a yoga & meditation teacher.
See above for profile information.
Jessica is a London-based writer for stage and screen.
Her plays include:
Wilding (long-listed for The Women's Prize for Playwriting 2020 and shortlisted for the 2019 Papatango Award), This Little Earth (Arcola Theatre/in development with Brian Zeilinger & Emily Lunnon Productions) and Unremembered.
Short film projects include:
Love in Lockdown (Kick It Down Productions).
Silence by Sandy Foster
Rachel trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre work includes:
A Christmas Carol (RSC); Much Ado About Nothing & Macbeth
(Shakespeare Globe); The Woman in the Moon (Sam Wanamaker Theatre); Private Lives & Wuthering Heights (Oxford Shakespeare Company); Babette's Feast (The Print Room); Sleeping Beauty (The Watermill); Dracula (UK tour); and As You Like It & The Comedy of Errors (Guildford Shakespeare Company).
TV/film credits include:
Borgia Season 2 (Epic Films/ Canal Plus); Doctors (BBC) and Vicious (multi-award winning short horror film).
Pop Music (Paines Plough) Tribes (Sheffield Theatres), Junkyard (Headlong/Bristol Old Vic/Theatr Clwyd/Rose Theatre), Dr Johnson Goes to Scotland (Oran Mor/Traverse Theatre), Dream On! (BBC Arts), Tales from the Croft (Solar Bear).
TV Credits include:
Work whilst training includes:
Last Woman Left, After Party, Love & Information, Scavengers, Perfume.
Ciaran Stewart (Mark)
Mary Keegan (Judith)
Mary Keegan trained at Rose Bruford.
Her most recent theatre includes:
Man and Superman at The National, Thark at The Park, The Ferryman at the Gielgud and the Mousetrap at the St Martin’s.
Her most recent Television was Father Brown.
She has done audio-description for the blind at the National Theatre, the Coliseum and The Royal Opera House.
When the lockdown started David was performing in The Woman in Black in New York; a show he’s also played at the Fortune Theatre in London and on tour around the UK.
He has done several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most recently Macbeth and The Merry Wives of Windsor in 2018.
David Acton (Frank)
Sandy is an actress and writer. As a writer she has been longlisted for several prizes including The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, The Bruntwood Prize and the Verity Bargate Award.
She took her one woman show, Lovely and Jason, a musical comedy to the Vault Festival in 2019 which she has also adapted for TV. She is currently working on her first novel.
Torquil Munro is a composer based just outside London, UK. He trained formally at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
From 2004-2007 Torquil lived and worked in Los Angeles as part of Synchronicity Music Inc.and during this period his music was heard on MTV, VH1, USA Network, Fox Sports Network and all 3 College Sports stations. In 2005 he received a Golden Trailer nomination for best original music for a motion picture trailer for the worldwide campaign for Warner Bros' Ocean's Twelve.
While with Synchronicity, he worked with singers and songwriters including Matt Goss (string arranging), Romina Arena (orchestration), and Valentino DiLorenzo
(orchestration/production). As a pianist, he has also recorded with many artists, including Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli.
Torquil has scored two feature films – True Love (Antic Pictures) and What We Do (Skyrock Entertainment), along with numerous shorts and commercials.
Torquil regularly appears as musical director in London's West End. He was part of the original team to set up the smash hit Mamma Mia! And is currently a guest conductor for Disney's The Lion King, Tina, and Hamilton.
See above for profile information.
Intelligence by Olivia Mace
Sam Frenchum (Joe)
Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Film credits include:
Private peaceful, creations stories.
TV credits include:
Granchester and holby city.
The Power, The Crown, Ideal, Inside No 9, Black Mirror.
Happy New Year Colin Burstead, Jellyfish , Kaleidoscope, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Vera Drake, Mr Turner.
Sinead Matthews (Anya)
Olivia Mace is a writer, performer and composer.
Writing Credits include:
The Mad Maid of Kent (Vault and Merge Festivals 2017) Dancing Shoes (Little Pieces of Gold Festival, Southwark Playhouse), Gone Fishing (The Canal Cafe Theatre, Vaults 2018) Under the Bridge (Small Truth Theatre) Playing the King (Creation Theatre) The Ballad of Knottyhull (Small Truth Theatre), Bleak House a musical adaptation (Creation Theatre) The Merry Wives of WhatsApp (Creation Theatre)
RightSwipe (Amazon Prime) As an actor she has worked at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake, Theatre Clwyd, Cyrmru and appeared in Doctors (BBC), Dominion (NBC), and The Feed (Amazon Prime).
Jon Fiber has worked in theatre for over 25 years, mainly composing music and designing sound for shows that have toured the world and played to hundreds of thousands of theatre goers.
Credits for theatre music includes:
‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Room on The Broom’, and ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’. Recent show highlights include, Wilde Creatures (UK and International tour), The Canterville Ghost (UK tour), The Gruffalo (UK and international tours), The Gruffalo’s Child (UK and international tours), Room on the Broom (UK and International tours), The Snow Dragon (UK and international tours), Emily Brown and The Thing (UK tour), What the Ladybird Heard (UK and international tours).
Sound design includes:
‘The Comedy about a Bank Robbery’ (West End, UK Tour and Moscow)
Over the last few years, Jon has produced theatre video trailers for shows such as ‘La Strada’, ‘The Comedy about a Bank Robbery’, ‘The Tiger That Came To Tea’, ‘Dinosaur World’ and ‘Romeo ask Juliet’ amongst others.
Camera - Sound - Editor
Kevin trained as an actor at LAMDA.
Credits include Tartuffe and Juno and the Paycock, (National Theatre), On McQuillan’s Hill, (Finborough) Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curve). TV credits include Warrior (HBO/Cinemax), Doctors (BBC) The Year London Blew Up (CH4).
Having dabbled in music over many years, this is his first time adding any to a film.