Reviews

She has become much more confident and loves to learn her lines

Aila absolutely loves Monday nights when she gets to go to her drama class with Mel or Hollie.
She has become much more confident and loves to learn her lines.

Chealsea Lowe
Aila's mum

You won’t go wrong

If your child has the desire to act. You won’t go wrong with Melanie Ash. She and her team know how to get the best from your child/teen. Give it a try!!

Nicola Wright
Harry's mum and professional chaperone

Absolutely loves it

My son Jamie has only been going for a few weeks but absolutely loves it 😊He says it’s really fun and Mel is really nice.

Emma Stead
Jamies mum

Confidence soaring

Mel is just lovely! My daughter is really enjoying the musical theatre academy. Her confidence is soaring.

Anne Topping Mawson

Cannot praise her enough

Meladrama has instilled a great confidence in my daughter and has helped her overcome her fears of performing in public.
Mel is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who genuinely cares about all her students and takes the time to get to know each and every one of them. I cannot praise her enough.

Jill T Ali
Jasmine's mum

Confidence growing every week

freddy has been going a while he loves mel and holly so much and his confidence is growing each week can’t wait for sept term to start x

Sinead Bellew

Totally recommend Meladrama to anyone of any age or ability

Absolutely love this drama group. My son has been going for many years now and says Mel is the best teacher. She is strict but fun too. My son is disabled and uses a wheelchair, Mel has, without any comment, altered venues and organised access especially for him. She has a few students with additional needs and they are all treated the same. Totally recommend Meladrama to anyone of any age or ability. Go for it x

Shirley Whittaker

I can say wholeheartedly that Meladrama is head and shoulders above the rest.

Melanie Ash is funny, warm, insightful, honest, creative and has a wealth of acting experience and industry knowledge that is invaluable to budding actors. Her energy knows no bounds and her commitment to her students is truly awe-inspiring. The weekly lessons are varied and students are constantly engaged and challenged. The improvement I have seen in my daughter since she began at Meladrama is incredible. There are so many opportunities from workshops to performing in shows, filming, LAMDA exams and auditions for professional work. Equally important is the caring, supportive, inclusive environment that Meladrama offers to those who harbour no plans to take to the stage but attend to pure enjoyment, confidence building, self knowledge, passion and self-expression. Having had some experience of other drama schools in the region I can say wholeheartedly that Meladrama is head and shoulders above the rest.

Maria McCrory
Mum of Jessica McCrory (represnted by PHA Youth)

Thankyou Mel

I don’t think Sophie would have the talents and success she has had without her LAMDA exams. Thank you for your patience Mel.

Liz Nolan
Mum of Sophie Ashton (professional child actor represented by PHA Youth)

Thanks!

My girls love going here. They have done so well and been made to fit in. Thanks.

Daisy Mai

A *

Meladrama is a fun, most welcoming and full of great people. A*

Paul EKe
Professional Actor

Absolutely Fantastic

An absolutely fantastic drama school , my daughter loves it x

Suzanne Moss (Poppy's mum)
Child Acting Academy

Kudos to Mel on her wonderful work

I think meladrama is amazing  and Mel did so much for me when I joined I’m still there staying till I get old there’s no other company that can offer people with learning disabilities to live their dream and have freedom to create some think good like meladrama I truly believe that kudos to Mel on her wonderful work xxx

Kali Joy Perkins
Professional actor

Mel has an ability to get the best out of all her students

Excellent classes.I started at the beginning of term in September and was playing the main part for the Christmas show,this was down to Mel and her vast acting experience and teaching style.I had no acting experience at all when I started but Mel has an ability to get the best out of all her students.

Anand Lanka
Adult Acting Academy

Fabulous Classes for all ages

Fabulous classes for all ages. Really fun and enjoyable and gives the kids (and adults) so much more confidence. Mel is so lovely too and professional.

Jeanette Dyson
Mum of professional actor Abi Dyson

Mel has nurtured all 3 of my children into fantastic little actors

Mel has nurtured all 3 of my children into fantastic little actors. They have grown into confident young people, a far cry from how they were when they started. Thank you Mel x

Katy Mai
Childrens Acting Academy - Preston

He has been able to star in films and various TV series

My son James was spotted by Mel in a stage production. She nurtured and trained him giving him a realistic view of the industry. I’m pleased to say that with Mels school training he has been able to star in films and various TV series. Mel cares for her students and fully protects their interests whilst under her management. She is a talent herself and great to deal with. I can heartily recommend the acting school.

Su Ainsworth
Mum of professional TV & Theatre actor James Ainsworth

Inclusive and brilliant

Inclusive and brilliant, would recommend Meladrama to anyone wanting acting lessons or representation.

Jude Jagger
Freelance Creative Producer

As a professional writer and director I can’t recommend enough

The best drama class around, bar none. Never known a group to be so passionately inclusive, brave and more than anything fun!
As a professional writer, actor and director, I can’t recommend it enough

Peter Carruthers
Writer & Film Maker

First Class Drama Teacher

Mel is a first class drama teacher/actress classes are fun and disability friendly would recommend to anyone with a disability to come along

Colin Johnstone
Adult Acting Class student

Excellent

Excellent class. Brilliant way to learn new skills. Very enjoyable.

Melanie Murphy

Her Confidence Has Soared

My daughter started Mels Saturday Penwortham class under a year ago. In that time she has developed in every way possible .. from a quiet, shy, timid girl who struggled to make friends in new places or talk to people she didn’t know to now making friends wherever we go, trying new things. Her confidence has soared. Highly recommend Mel and her company! Each and every week Mel welcomes Lula with a lovely warm smile. She really feels like she belongs to this group, that is something I find unique, many places you are just a number or a name but I see how much Mel cares for each individual student and that is something you do not find often! X

Kayla Jade

Absolutely fantastic

Meladrama is absolutely fantastic. It has developed a passion for acting in my son over the past two years, that I didn’t know existed. In fact, he has never missed a session since he started (except for when he’s auditioning). I absolutely recommend Meladrama, Mel goes above and beyond for all her students. She has such an inclusive and welcoming ethos in her teaching that she should be proud of.

Jennie Lock
Parent

Experienced, Knowledgeable Teacher

Harry has been attending Meladrama Acting School and Agency for just over a year now. One of his highlights has definitely been the panto that Mel wrote, as he absolutely loved it and it inspired him to write his own version of this for his school homework. Mel is a very experienced, knowledgeable teacher.

Caron Catterall
Parent

Head and Shoulders above the rest

Melanie Ash is funny, warm, insightful, honest, creative and has a wealth of acting experience and industry knowledge that is invaluable to budding actors. Her energy knows no bounds and her commitment to her students is truly awe-inspiring. The weekly lessons are varied and students are constantly engaged and challenged. The improvement I have seen in my daughter since she began at Meladrama is incredible. There are so many opportunities from workshops to performing in shows, filming, LAMDA exams and auditions for professional work. Equally important is the caring, supportive, inclusive environment that Meladrama offers to those who harbour no plans to take to the stage but attend to pure enjoyment, confidence building, self knowledge, passion and self-expression. Having had some experience of other drama schools in the region I can say wholeheartedly that Meladrama is head and shoulders above the rest.

Maria McCrory
Parent

LAMDA success

My daughter joined Meladrama years ago. Since joining, Mel has helped her acquire her grade 8 LAMDA and her acting skills have excelled. Not only is she a wonderful teacher, she cares about her students and displays this in her strong interest in safeguarding.

Emma Corless
Parent

Mentor, Inspiration, Coach

I have worked with Mel for over ten years and she has been my mentor, my inspiration, my cheerleader and my coach. I have learnt so much from her as a teacher and continue to do so. Her industry knowledge is invaluable and her teaching style is informative, friendly and above all practical. I would recommend Meladrama Acting school to anyone, child or adult, looking for reasonably priced, local, professional drama coaching.

Michelle Cornwell
Preston Adults Academy

Supportive

Mel has been teaching Kate for the last 9 years, her support and guidance has been first class and she has gone above and beyond to help her strive towards her ambition of becoming a professional actor.

Andrea Thornhill
Parent

Interactive Teaching

I joined the group in 2016, as I want to broaden my opportunities in acting. I’ve enjoyed being involved the amateur drama groups I first joined in 2007. Mel teaches acting skills in an interactive way, using role play & games. Mel is a great teacher & encourager. She is very good director of the two productions I’ve been involved in – Victoria Wood sketches & the production of Scrooge the group recently presented. Both events were received warmly by the audiences who came to watch. Mel is doing her best to help everyone in the group find their opening into the showbiz world – which she is managing to do. I look forward to working with Mel again this year, learning more skills & seeing what doors open up for me & everyone else in the group.

Derek Longstaff
Preston Adults Academy

Interactive Teaching

I joined the group in 2016, as I want to broaden my opportunities in acting. I’ve enjoyed being involved the amateur drama groups I first joined in 2007. Mel teaches acting skills in an interactive way, using role play & games. Mel is a great teacher & encourager. She is very good director of the two productions I’ve been involved in – Victoria Wood sketches & the production of Scrooge the group recently presented. Both events were received warmly by the audiences who came to watch. Mel is doing her best to help everyone in the group find their opening into the showbiz world – which she is managing to do. I look forward to working with Mel again this year, learning more skills & seeing what doors open up for me & everyone else in the group.

Derek Longstaff
Preson Adults Academy

Blown Away

working with Mel, her meladrama team and of course the actors has been an amazing experience. The care, attention, enjoyment and indeed experience every actors gets is second to none. I have been blown away with the work that comes out of Meladrama. you can see from the success rate what actors have achieved from Mel’s classes and her mentorship. Highly Highly recommended.

Lee Bolton
Zoetrope

Definitely Recommend

Meladrama has been amazing for my daughter’s passion for acting and performing. Mel’s enthusiasm for embracing and developing my daughters acting skills are unique and she always strives to support her especially in her LAMDA studies. Her collaboration with Zoetrope studios is fantastic so that students can see their performances on the ‘big screen’ and the shows and awards nights are fabulous to be part of and good to see. Thanks also to Hollie and Lee. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND x

Emma Pendlebury
Parent

Pleasure

It’s a pleasure to be connected to Meladrama and always an honour to work for and with Mel. She cares about her students. Really cares. It is wonderful to see her students grow in both confidence and ability. See you all soon, hopefully.

Hayley Cartwright

Excellent Work

She worked with the school to develop sequence of work for drama, which was progressive for the skills needed. She worked alongside the Senior Leadership Team, Directors of Learning and the Teacher of History to create a bespoke Year 7 and Year 8 curriculum, which reflects and compliments the delivery plan.

It was a purposeful exercise, which has seen our History results improve. It has allowed the boys to use content from History lesson to be dramatize using the skills. EXCELLENT WORK!

Mr. Ditta
Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School

Professional

I worked with Mel on Ackley Bridge & she was a professional through in and out, an absolute pleasure of an actress & person to work with, het time with the children whilst filming set her apart as they all warmed to her. She was great with them and it came as no surprise to learn she teached children. Very kind hearted person who will put your childs learning desires at her forefontr. Keep it up Mel! X

Rick S Carr
Professional Actor

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