I am a Writer, Actor and Director based in the North West of England, but working all over the UK, and Internationally.
Photo: Lucas Smith Photography
Photo: Lucas Smith
It is based
on the true stories of real women of Oldham in WWI, and toured to
Lancashire & Yorkshire. See next page for info.
I am currently developing a new project with Oldham Libraries, 'The Yorkshire Street Murder', based on a community historical research project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.
I am currently in rehearsals for 'War & Peace - in 15 minutes' as part of JB Shorts in Manchester's 53TWO.
Last christmas I directed
"Invention and freshness abound" 4 stars Reviewshub
In the autumn I directed a new immersive play - ... and the world premiere of The Ruck, by Kevin Fegan about a Girls' rugby team. Watch the trailer here
"Joyce Branagh is a very visual director, creating a whole host of memorable images..." THE STAGE
"Joyce Branagh directs with energy and a lightness of touch" BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
Last year I directed Cinderella at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield - watch the trailer here
Photo Andrew Billington
‘Fresh, fun and relentlessly family-friendly’
'Joyce Branagh’s production feels like it’s been lovingly crafted by
people with a genuine fondness for this distinctly British tradition'
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
‘Traditional entertainment with a capital T’
Photo: Brainne Edge
part of JB Shorts 16 at new Manchester venue 53Two (You can watch the whole 15 minute play here)
“Joyce Branagh does a sterling job…It’s an
unapologetically giddy, good-natured piece, and a splendid way to conclude
another terrific JB Shorts” Kevin Bourke, Manchester Theatre Awards
“Joyce Branagh directs at breakneck speed this hilarious, superbly performed evening finale that leaves the audience breathless.”
David Chadderton, British Theatre Guide
“If ever a work of literature
was made for this style of race-through-it theatre, Bronte’s tale of moors and
doomed romance is it. The excellent Joyce Branagh directs a joyful and mournful
cast …pure entertainment.” Manchester
high-energy, rip-roaring way to finish the night at the theatre” Reviews Hub
"a breakneck romp through Wuthering Heights – a feast of high farce, quick changes and glorious overacting. It’s a riotous end to an evening whose enormous stylistic range showcases what theatre can do." The Independent
- a site-specific promenade production at historic Lancaster Castle.
"...one of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ plays but there are no difficulties apparent in director Joyce Branagh’s smooth stroll through the promenade production. Measure For Measure is a moral maze, where ‘good’ people cope badly, while the bawdy seem to do better...
the Bard has never had it so good."
British Theatre Guide
And Sarah Wooley's
for The Rochdale Literature Festival
I worked with
Justin Moorhouse on Destiny Calling, for Edinburgh Festival and a National Tour. I directed
"HAVE A GANDER - IT'S A CRACKING SHOW"
"A SMASHING SHOW"
Fine Times Recorder
Photo: Robert Workman
and directed 2 new plays:
Good Vibrations by Carole Solazzo as part of JB Shorts
and hugely enjoyed directing the glorious
Much Ado About Nothing at Vienna's English Theatre, as the season finale to their 50th year. Nancy Surman did the beautiful design, Photos by © Reinhard Reidinger
I directed a reading of a new play called
The Ballad of Lennon/McCartney at
Jermyn Street Theatre
Lee Ingleby and Anthony Kernan in the cast.