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My Secret Crowd Funder

I am super proud to announce that I have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England for the development of my one woman show ‘The Secret’. The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester is providing rehearsal space and hosting an industry showing, and I am delighted and honored to have Sue Roberts (Editor at BBC […]


Acting for TV Showcase & Awards

It’s been a really fantastic Autumn term at Meladrama. The focus has been solely on acting for TV. It’s one of my favourite terms at Meladrama as I LOVE TV drama and film. I have developed and teach a method and system that helps students and actors to study and make decisions about the dialogue […]


Brand new term at Meladrama with the focus firmly on ‘Acting for Television and Film’!

              We’ll have all the usual fun, games and warm ups but teenage students will also be given an opportunity to really focus on technique – with work being professionally filmed and uploaded weekly. We will also continue to bring in top TV casting directors to work with students […]


Mike Leigh casts our Leo in Peterloo

A huge and massive congratulations to our Leo Ashton. He has spent the summer filming his scenes in what promises to be an epic film by the legendary and prolific director Mike Leigh. Peterloo tells the story of The Peterloo Massacre. On the 16th August 1819, cavalry charged into a crowd of 60,000–80,000 who had […]


More than an acting school

What a year so far!  Our actors are working on TV and in film, Mel is back on stage, we have Arts Council Funding, Mel has been commisioned to write 2 more pieces, and the drama cups were a huge success! We are more than just an acting school! OUR ACTORS ARE WORKING! Firstly – […]


Top Tips for helping your child learn their lines!

We are in the third week of rehearsals for my modern day adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and it’s all kicked off already! Parents angry, kids crying (or doing a cracking job of pretending to) because ‘they can’t learn their lines’. I refuse to see this as a negative and instead I am offering my […]


Top Tips for ‘stage mums’ that can’t afford the drama!

The lengths parents go to in a bid for their child’s dreams of TV stardom never cease to amaze me. I have lost count of the number of parents (and wanna be actors) that have come to me after paying out hundreds of pounds joining ‘agencies’….never to receive an audition. Others pay a fortune to […]


Want to see if your child really has what it takes to be an actor?

This summer we are offering a week long intensive acting school for kids that are serious about acting. It takes a lot more than talent to work as a professional actor – and that goes for the kids too. The week long course will run as a professional drama school, with physical and vocal warm […]


A summer school with a difference

I love teaching drama and acting and I love the summer schools we have offered over the last 10 years at Mel@drama, but this year I wanted to offer something a bit different as well. I am proud that we are an acting school with a social conscience, but if that’s true I should also […]


Got a casting? Read this first!

I will never forget my first audition at Coronation Street. And the first time I ‘nearly’ made it. It was with Judi Hayfield and it was 1996, and I was living as an unemployed hippie in Urmston with uni pals. I had just graduated from MMU and I’d decided, in my infinite wisdom, that the […]


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My Secret Crowd Funder

I am super proud to announce that I have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England for the development of my one woman show 'The Secret'. The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester is...

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Acting for TV Showcase & Awards

It's been a really fantastic Autumn term at Meladrama. The focus has been solely on acting for TV. It's one of my favourite terms at Meladrama as I LOVE TV drama and film. I have...

Read More