Swings and Roundabouts

A short film by Frances Loy

A grieving couple struggle to connect and heal following the loss of their child.

The Cast

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Melissa graduated from The Royal Conservatoire Scotland. For theatre, she’s played Elvira to Angela Lansbury’s Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit and performed in numerous theatres in London before and since; The Vaudeville, The Gielgud, The Arcola, Hampstead Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, The Park Theatre and Soho Theatre. She’s worked with Frances Loy previously on the critically acclaimed all female Doll’s House for Theatre Delicatessen. She features in a new film for Netflix The Angel and prior to Swings and Roundabouts has been in Rekindle for Sky, Framed for Jubilee Pictures as well as various shorts and comedy pilots.

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Following his graduation from Bristol University and Webber Douglas, John has become a prolific and increasingly familiar face on stage and screen. Recent television credits include lead or featured guest parts in Brexit, Collateral, Dickensian, The Crown, Luther Season IV, Ripper Street and Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell. Recent film credits include Official Secrets, Radioactive, Crooked House and Eye in the Sky. His early stage career saw John appear in the National Theatre’s Major Barbara which earned him third place in the Ian Charleson Awards for Most Promising Young Actor. Subsequently he has gone on to play many title roles including the National Theatre’s Edward II, Oppenheimer for the RSC and Macbeth for the Young Vic.

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Olivia trained at LAMDA where she won the Lillian Baylis award. She has appeared in a wide variety of television, (Holby City, Shameless) and theatre productions (Hurt, Fanshen, Shangri-la, Prometheus Bound, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Les Miserables) and most recently has been in rehearsals for Interrogation with Alex Helfrecht and Jorg Tittel which will take her back into the West End at Trafalgar Studios. You may have heard Olivia’s voice on BA adverts or sung along with her at Ronnie Scott’s as she regularly sings with Simon Peat’s resident Jazz ensemble.