Joyce Branagh - Writer & Director

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
Boomtown Gals, which I wrote, produced and performed last year recently won 'Best Fringe Performance' in the Manchester Theatre Awards 
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'm represented by Amber Personal Management, can be found on Spotlight, and you can view my showreel here
I will be in Vincent River
27th Feb - 24th March


I have just directed
Jack & the Beanstalk for the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Hudderfield.
"Invention and freshness abound" 4 stars Reviewshub

In the autumn I directed a new immersive play -
The Value of Nothing by Kim Wiltshire for a North West tour...

... 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'
‘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 Confidential

“the best, 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

Last spring, I directed Measure for Measure , a
- a site-specific promenade production at historic Lancaster Castle.  

" 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
Under The Concrete Waiting at The Lowry, Manchester.


Recently directed
Toby Hulse 
for The Rochdale Literature Festival

Watch the trailer here

I worked with 
acclaimed comedian 
Justin Moorhouse on Destiny Calling, his latest show for the Edinburgh Festival and a National Tour.

I  directed 
Mother Goose at Salisbury Playhouse

Salisbury Journal

Fine Times Recorder

The Stage

                                       Photo: Robert Workman
See the trailer here.

and directed 2 new plays:

Good Vibrations by Carole Solazzo as part of JB Shorts 

and Still Ill by Billy Cowan for Truant Theatre Company.

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
Christopher Eccleston, 
Alan Cox, 
Lee Ingleby and Anthony Kernan in the cast.

...The Arabian Nights at the beautiful Minack Theatre in Cornwall

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