Melanie is a lover of story-telling and its power to bring people together from local and wider communities to connect. She enjoys devising and performing dynamic theatre that incorporates a range of art forms.
RECENTLY, SHE WORKED WITH COPPICE THEATRE THROUGH A WEEK LOND R&D PROJECT TO DEVISE AND DEVELOP A NEW SHOW FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
She has worked on a range of projects with Kneehigh – a Cornish based theatre company which focuses on playful story telling through text, live music, puppetry, dance and film.
IN 2020, SHE collaborated on ‘The Neon Shadow’ – a short physical theatre film by Tom Jackson Greaves in association with Kneehigh. Melanie worked as a member of The Creation Club, a group which explored a range of story-telling and creative writing techniques in support of the film’s development.
in 2019, she performed in ‘The Illustrated Girl’ – acting, singing and dancing at The Asylum located on Carlyon Beach. Created in collaboration with Kneehigh and Hall for Cornwall, the riotous, irreverent theatrical piece was later reviewed by leading film critic Mark Kermode as “Great youth theatre collaboration with Hall for Cornwall & Kneehigh Artists. Crowd went nuts - a really fab night out.”.
Melanie also performed a selection of Kneehigh’s ‘Rambles’, tales collected from across Cornwall by Anna Maria Murphy, as part of the pre-shows for Kneehigh’s FUP and UBU Karaoke in 2018.
Melanie was also a member of HFC Youth Theatre throughout 2019. Under the direction of Simon Harvey, with choreography by Helen Tiplady, Melanie performed in the musical ‘The Sad Club’ by Luke Barnes. The musical, made up of a collection of monologues, duologues and song, was commissioned by The National Theatre as part of their 2019 Connections Scheme. Not only was the piece performed in various venues around Cornwall, it was later selected to be performed at The National Theatre in London.
In 2018, she performed in Ryan Bonner’s short film: ‘Strings Attached’. The spaghetti western style film was later selected as a finalist in O-region’s ‘Roughcut 2018 Film Challenge.
Previous to this, Melanie studied drama at GCSE and A Level at Treviglas Academy. The academy is an Associate School of The Royal Shakespeare Company. Through this, Melanie gained a strong understanding of working with and performing Shakespearean texts – performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s venue ‘The Other Place'.