Mel Giedroyc visits St Augustine’s Priory

Meeting the ‘Company’ star.

Last week, GCSE and A Level Drama students enjoyed a trip to the West End to see the hilarious, poignant and visually stunning musical ‘Company’ at the Gielgud Theatre. The story revolves around the unmarried, 35-year-old man Bobby, with this production changing the male Bobby to a female Bobbie. With modern women pressured to ‘have it all’ – a career, a partner and a family – the flighty and promiscuous Bobbie now has a body clock that influences whether she wants to settle down – or not.

This week the Drama students were fortunate enough to be joined by the wonderful Mel Giedroyc who stars as Sarah in the musical, to talk about Company. It was an opportunity for the students to ask Mel any questions they had about the musical, which came just in time for them to write their essays on the performance! Questions ranged from hot political topics about what it is like to be a female in the industry and if she has ever experienced any form of inequality to ‘do you get to eat the brownies that you have on stage?’

Mel discussed her favourite scenes to perform, how she developed her American accent, getting into character, dealing with pre-performance nerves, and how she juggles a family with a high profile career. The girls were left fascinated by her behind the scenes stories and the talk was a brilliant opportunity for the students to gain insight into a career in drama and performance. The girls left feeling inspired and ready to write their essays!

Ms Giedroyc and Head of Drama, Ms Brown