Melanie’s Birthday Fundraiser

Date posted: April 29, 2022

I set up Meladrama 17 years ago. At the time I was a successful actor on TV and I was teaching at various other stage schools across the northwest and even at drama schools down south. My mother thought I was crazy – she told me so many times “set up on your own”. I […]

TV Awards & Party!!!

Date posted: March 14, 2022

Thursday 31st March 6-9pm at Lostock Conservative Club Bamber Bridge Preston. YOU ARE OFFICIALLY INVITED TO OUR TV ACTING AWARDS NIGHT & WRAP PARTY!! You’ve all worked so hard over the past year & this party is well over due!! Dress to impress as we will have a red carpet, Paps, BAFTAS for the best […]

It’s never too late to be a drama queen…

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Date posted: June 9, 2021

We re-opened 6 weeks ago and our child and teen classes are FULL!!!! I’m so happy. It’s been such a huge and relentless worry wondering whether we would survive ‘the big pause’. I know I shouldn’t be so sentimental as it’s ‘only work’ but Meladrama is my life! It’s a miracle really as my personal […]


Date posted: July 1, 2020

Our children’s online drama classes take place on Tuesday’s at 6-7.15 using ZOOM. SIGN UP HERE: Our teens online drama classes take place on Tuesdays at 11.30-12.45 using ZOOM.  SIGN UP HERE: Classes are £5 (if paying weekly) or £16 if paying in advance for the 4 weekly classes in July. After registering, […]


Date posted: May 12, 2020

Hello all! I hope all our students, their families and friends are keeping well and safe. It’s been a rocky road and it’s not over yet but I felt it was time to venture back into the ‘virtual’ world of teaching and drama and I’d love you to come with me! I’m really excited to […]

Meladrama statement regarding Corona Virus – 17th March 2020

Date posted: March 17, 2020

It’s with a heavy heart and the best intentions that I have taken the decision to shut Meladrama with immediate effect. It’s not been an easy decision – particularly because the schools are still open and furthermore our children and students across all classes have worked extremely hard on their comedy pieces. On top of […]

FREE Audition Technique Classes in Bolton and Chorley

Date posted: October 19, 2019

  Take part in a FREE class focusing on audition technique and receive FREE constructive feedback from a professional actor/teacher/agent with no pressure to join or return! Established in 2005 Meladrama has a proven track record of providing a caring, nurturing and professional learning environment for actors and performers of all ages and abilities. Only […]

Date posted: July 16, 2019

Established in 2005 Meladrama are delighted to welcome existing and new students to our Bolton Summer School. The school runs from 10-3pm from Tuesday 26th  – Friday 30th August and will cover all disciplines including: Acting for TV/Film Acting for Theatre Musical Theatre Dance Stage Combat Comedy The children will perform on the Friday afternoon. […]

Bolton Summer School 2019

Date posted: May 22, 2019

Meladrama Acting School and Agency and Elerby Studio’s are offering 12 teenagers and 6 children a unique opportunity to gain valuable ‘on set’ experience, rehearse, film, edit and produce bespoke TV drama scenes AND receive an industry standard showreel (featuring your best performances from the week). There will also be opportunities for students and parents/carers […]

2018 – What a year!

Date posted: December 20, 2018

This year is one of those that I will remember – for all the right reasons! I don’t know where to start really – I know it’s been busy as I haven’t blogged, I have barely had time to sleep – which isn’t good and needs sorting. Tonight! 2017 was a bit of a shocker […]

Acting for TV Showcase & Awards

Date posted: November 9, 2017

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’!

Date posted: August 23, 2017

              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

Date posted: August 23, 2017

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

Date posted: April 18, 2017

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!

Date posted: October 17, 2016

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!

Date posted: September 16, 2016

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?

Date posted: July 4, 2016

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

Date posted: July 4, 2016

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!

Date posted: March 31, 2016

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 […]

Do you dream of being a film star?

Date posted: January 25, 2016

Meladrama Acting School and Agency are branching out into film production and have teamed up with multi-award winning international screen-writer and director, Simon Powell.   Simon worked as a professional actor and TV presenter before moving behind the camera to work in TV production. Starting as a researcher he eventually became a Director and has […]

My first week as a Meladrama apprentice

Date posted: September 11, 2015

University, the next stage  after college to ‘do well in life’. All of my friends are heading off too uni now, packing for the next chapter in their life. I’m not doing any packing, not because I’m unorganised or lazy… it’s just not for me. I made that decision after looking around and thinking about […]

It’s not just drama. It’s bigger than that!

Date posted: September 3, 2015

So yesterday I had a lovely meeting at The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester to talk about how I might be able to work as an  early years performing arts practitioner within the spaces.  To be honest I was probably under prepared (really Mel? That doesn’t sound like you?!). The brief is pretty open but there […]

Wondering when to give up acting and get a proper job?

Date posted: May 13, 2015

If I hear the words ‘well there will be a really good reason why you didn’t get that acting job. There will be something else just round the corner’ once more I am going to commit murder. On myself.

Guilty or not guilty….. that is the question.

Date posted: May 11, 2015

My friend from ‘Mums In The Know’ asked me to write a blog explaining how I juggle a career and being a mum. It’s taken me a good 4 weeks to pluck up the courage to do it.  Not because I am shy but because once you all know exactly what’s involved and more importantly […]

12 shows in a year? Easy. We’ve had 10 years practice!

Date posted: January 5, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the seasonal break brought you all the love and goodwill your hearts desired. My little boy had a fabulous fun filled time and was delighted with his gifts….his little face on Christmas Day was magical. Personally I am delighted to be back at work and planning a wonderful year […]

Why choose Meladrama for acting classes?

Date posted: August 29, 2014

YES!! of course I am biased! My acting school Meladrama is celebrating 10 years, it’s my baba, my bread and butter and of course I am going to say we are the best! But working away from home and being back filming (guest leads in Holkyoaks, Coronation Street and Casualty) and treading the boards in […]

If Carlsberg did work experience…..

Date posted: July 16, 2014

Work experience is a fantastic way to explore the wonders and opportunities the so called ‘big bad world’ has to offer. Fortunately, my school provides most, if not all, students 2 weeks of placement in the work place of their choice. Sounds great doesn’t it? You want to be a teacher? you go to a […]


Date posted: July 8, 2014

Being a great actor is all well and good but unless you can nail the audition you won’t get far. Here are my top 6 tips to improve your audition technique and get that job. 1) Dress the part but also feel comfortable. Obviously don’t go too far with this, but at least look like […]

Do you want an acting job?

Date posted: April 25, 2014

by Melanie Ash So you want to be an actor.  You’ve attended classes, signed with an agency, maybe you’ve gone to university, drama school or 6th form college.  You are full of it!  You have so much enthusiasm, talent and determination. Enough dreams of stardom to make even the saddest x factor contestant look like […]

Shouldn’t comedy be funny?

Date posted: April 11, 2014

By Melanie Ash What is the current obsession with comedians lecturing us and telling us how to live our lives?  I don’t know about you but I go to see a comedy show to have a laugh.  Call me literal but if an event is billed as comedy, is endorsed by a comedy promoter and […]

Tisha Merry – Patron

Date posted: March 18, 2014

We are absolutely thrilled to announce Tisha Merry, better known as the vivacious Steph Britton in Coronation Street, as our patron. Her past credits include playing Charlie in the film ‘Mam’, directed by the Full Monty actor Hugo Speer, as well as starring as Poppy in the BBC drama ‘32 Brinkburn Street’. Tisha started as […]

Meladrama; the birth

Date posted: March 17, 2014

  10 years ago I was living the dream.  I had loads of cash, was a semi regular on Emmerdale playing Colleen King, was touring the country in various theatre productions and had fallen in love with a mysterious actor/co star (bear with me on the last bit of the dream). I was booked to […]

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Melanie’s Birthday Fundraiser

I set up Meladrama 17 years ago. At the time I was a successful actor on TV and I was teaching at various other stage schools across the northwest and even at drama schools down south....

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TV Awards & Party!!!

Thursday 31st March 6-9pm at Lostock Conservative Club Bamber Bridge Preston. YOU ARE OFFICIALLY INVITED TO OUR TV ACTING AWARDS NIGHT & WRAP PARTY!! You've all worked so hard...

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