About me.


I have been directing professionally since 1995 with theatre companies throughout the UK and Ireland including Bristol Old Vic, Cork Opera House, Harrogate Theatre Royal, Orange Tree Richmond, Tivoli Dublin, Watford Palace Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Lawrence Batley Huddersfield and VIenna's English Theatre and Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York

I specialise in directing Shakespeare and new writing especially comedy.

This summer I have directed Twelfth Night in York, I will be directing The Thundergirls at The Lowry, and will be returning to the Lawrence Batley Theatre for their 2019 Christmas production: Sleeping Beauty.

For the past 14 years I have also been writing plays including commissions from Watford Palace Theatre, South Hill Park, & Forest Forge Theatre Company.  I have had 2 plays selected and produced for the Manchester 24:7 Theatre Festival, and have 2 writing projects in development.

Boomtown Gals about women in WWI was nominated for 2 Manchester theatre awards and won 'Best Fringe Performance.

I am currently writing and developing a new comedy called Ladies That Bus for a tour in Spring 2020.  It was developed from community interviews with the support of The Dukes Lancaster, Theatre by the Lake and Brewery Arts Kendal.



Upcoming

The Thunder Girls


Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors when legendary bands meet up to discuss a reunion? What’s really going on behind the hugs and kisses at those reunion press conferences? The Thunder Girls were a successful ‘80s girl band until lead singer, Chrissie, sensationally quit the Band to pursue a solo career taking with her, Rick, the Band’s manager. Chrissie broke the Girl Code as Rick was also the boyfriend of Band mate, Roxanne.

At the reunion dinner from hell, Chrissie tries to reunite the band to salvage herself from bankruptcy after being conned out of her fortune by her toyboy husband. But is there a price which can heal the wounds?

Or maybe some friendships never die, even if you want them to? 30 years later, can lightning strike twice?


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Twelfth Night


Current production Twelfth Night at Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York.  27th June - 1st September

More info here: York Plays - Shakespeare's Rose Theatre


"This is one of the best productions of Twelfth Night I’ve ever seen—and easily the funniest."

British Theatre Guide
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Directorial



Two





Oldham Coliseum Theatre


Jim Cartwright


With Claire Sweeney & Matt Rixon



The Ruck


Lawrence Batley Theatre - Huddersfield


Kevin Fegan


A new play celebrating women's rugby.  Toured to Wakefield Theatre Royal, Cast Doncaster, Barsley Civic




Cinderella


Lawrence Batley Theatre - Huddersfield


Andrew Pollard 




Jack and the Beanstalk


 Lawrence Batley Theatre


Andrew Pollard






Measure for Measure





Lancaster Castle - Site-Specific


Shakespeare




Much Ado About Nothing


Vienna's English Theatre


Shakespeare








Satin 'n' Steel





Oldham Coliseum Theatre


Amanda Whittington


Satin 'n' Steel - with Matt Healy and Roxanne Pallett



Saturday Night Sunday Morning


Harrogate Theatre Royal


Amanda Whittington








The Sunshine Boys





Oldham Coliseum Theatre


With Robert Pickavance and David Fielder




Travels With My Aunt


Oldham Coliseum Theatre


Giles Havergal


Nominated for Manchester Evening News award for Best Production






Around The World In 80 Days


Rochdale Literature Festival


Toby Hulse




War and Peace in 15 Minutes


JB Shorts - Manchester


Peter Kerry | Lyndsay Williams







Wuthering Heights at Hurricane Speed





JB Shorts - Manchester


Peter Kerry | Lyndsay Williams




Press


Twelfth Night


"It’s difficult to imagine a more joyous three hours of Shakespeare."

5 Stars Reviews Hub

"It’s one of the funniest stage shows I’ve seen all year,"

On Yorkshire Magazine

"It's the small things which make Joyce Branagh's Twelfth Night such a triumph.  Lots and lots of genius small things."

Yorkshire Post

"A triumphant production that pulses with brightness and energy from start to finish."

5 stars|Broadway World

"...puts the Joy into Joyce as she serves up "Comedy Glamour" with a Charleston dash."

5 stars|Yorkshire Press




MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING


"A spectacular brilliant production"

KURIER



ALADDIN


"Spectacular"

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WUTHERING HEIGHTS - Hurricane speed


"Glorious"

The independent

“Joyce Branagh directs at breakneck speed this hilarious, superbly performed finale that leaves the audience breathless.” 

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE



TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT


"Joyce Branagh has done a quite astonishing job"

ALAN HULME MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS



MEASURE FOR MEASURE


"A spectacular brilliant production"

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE



Still ill


"A demanding and very moving play"

Whatsonstage- 4 stars



Sleeping beauty


 Director Joyce Branagh’s slick, funny, colourful production is almost perfect in every way” 

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Writing

Boomtown Gals


Based on true-life stories of women in Oldham during WWI.  Manchester Theatre awards - nominated for Best Fringe Production, Winner Best Fringe Performance.

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Peggy


A play for Children based on the real events of Yuri Gagarin's visit to Manchester in 1961

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Bleeding Hell


A play in development about the medical condition Endometriosis and how it affects women's lives.

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Ladies That Bus


I am currently completing the first draft of Ladies That Bus in association with The Dukes Lancaster, Brewery Arts Kendal & Theatre By the Lake. Northern tour Spring 2020

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Contact


Please use the form below to contact me, or you can contact my management here.... info@amberltd.co.uk