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Melksham Music and Drama take to the stage again after award win

FRESH from winning a top award Melksham’s drama group are bringing to the stage their latest production, Musical 5 Tunes.

Melksham Music and Drama were awarded the best comedy award in the South West region by the National Operatic and Drama Association for its production of Act Your Age, which the playwright said was one of the best renditions of his work he had seen.

Now the group are set to bring five songs each from four musicals together for their latest production.

Melksham Music and Drama members are bringing to the stage their production of Musical five tunes. a series five tunes each from from four musicals. Photo: Trevor Porter 58910 1


Directors Ali Turrell and Sarah Hodges have each picked two of their favourite musicals and then had fun selecting five songs from each.

Ali Turrell said: “We have chosen musicals with different styles to not only challenge ourselves but to attract a wider audience. Have you ever wanted to see a musical but didn’t want to spent the money for West End tickets, then Musical 5 Tunes is the show for you at a fraction of the cost.”


The show will include songs from The Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages and Shrek the musical and is being staged at the Rachel Fowler centre on September 1, 2, 8 and 9. Tickets are available at £8 adults and £6 concessions from Melksham TIC or


Article from Wiltshire Times


Smash hit show for MMAD

MELKSHAM Music and Drama (MMAD) would like say a huge thank you to Joeanne Londors and Penelope Taylor for co-directing and producing their very first show, The Best of the 90s. 

Both Joeanne and Penelope have performed in many shows with MMAD but they decided that they would like to be on the other side of the table.  They said they “were extremely proud of each and every member of the cast who worked hard to make the show a success, even those you don’t see on stage.”  However, the cast are also extremely proud of Joeanne and Penelope for stepping out and taking up the challenge. 

In September there is also another show being co-directed and produced by two female members of MMAD – Ali Turrell and Sarah Hodges.  The show, Musical 5Tunes, will feature five songs from each of the following shows; Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys, Shrek The Musical and The Book of Mormon.  

Article from Melksham Independent News ( 

MMAD Win Comedy Award

MELKSHAMMusic and Drama Club (MMAD) took the title for ‘Best Comedy Production’ in the South West at a special awards ceremony in Bristol this month.

The group won the National Operatic and Drama Association’s comedy category for its production of ‘Act Your Age’, which the playwright said was one of the best renditions of his work he had seen.

MMADchairman Geoff Mitcham said, “The evening was overwhelming and the reaction on our table when they announced the winner said it all.  Both director Sharon and I couldn’t wait to get our hands on the trophy!

“Huge congratulations to everyone at Melksham Music and Drama who made this accolade possible.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who regularly supports the club by attending our performances.”

MMAD performed the play to the public at the Rachel Fowler Centre over four days in September last year.

On the last night of the performances, Christopher Wortley, the author of ‘Act Your Age’, attended the show and was thrilled by the portrayal of his farce.

He commented that it was one of the best performances of his show that he had seen, and complimented MMAD on the outstanding set built by club members Kevin Hodges, Simon Hoy and Justin Haggett.

Dee Way, South West  regional representative from NODA said, “There was a variety of believable characters and the accolades for this performance have to go to the actors, all of whom did a great job in creating the wide variety of characters needed.

“There is a lot of talent here; the whole cast acted well to make the production very successful and a very good team effort. This was a really fun evening. I have not laughed so much for years and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire show.”

MMAD’s Linda Mence added, “The response from the audience was fantastic as this production was no mean feat!

“Timing was critical for the very fast-paced farce to be effective. The comings and goings of the cast amazed the viewers as they changed their identity from old folk to celebrities and also sanctuary staff with hilarious outcomes. The show songs were all new and some were sung in three part harmony.”