Melanie Crawley is an actor and voice artist. She recently produced and performed in the political theatre project ‘Next Left: Test Track Trace’ at Theatre Deli Sheffield, the northern UK tour of ‘Tannie & Tannie’ by Claudine Bennent and in various ‘All Female Shakespeare’ productions at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester. She has narrated around 50 audiobooks from her studio in Sheffield where she also works as a corporate and commercial voice artist and as an actor for radio / audio comedy and drama. Her most recent audio projects include ‘The Age of Love’ a podcast for ‘Festival of the Mind’ by Christopher Green, ‘Sketch Up’ a series of comedy radio sketches which she also performed at Leicester Comedy Festival. For screen, Melanie’s recent projects include ‘Truck’ part of the Council Culture Online TV series and ‘Tea and Cake’ one of the ‘Monarchy Monologues’ for Act Your Age. She writes, performs and produces the narrated audio-drama podcast: Low Light.
Melanie on playing Mary: “The whole experience of recording Riverside was so lovely as it was such a challenge for everyone so we all felt like we’d won something at the end of each recording session when it all went so well, I think! I loved playing Mary – it’s lovely to take on a role with so many facets – we see her relationships with husband, child, best mate, ex-boyfriend and interesting to explore her character in the context of a northern town grappling with its re-generation, embracing change and proud of its community. The experience was very nourishing for the soul in these difficult times!”