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
 
 

Writing:

Photo: Lucas Smith
Boomtown Gals, which I wrote, produced and performed last year has just 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.

Acting:
I'm represented by Amber Personal Management, can be found on Spotlight, and you can view my showreel here.

Directing:

I've just directed Cinderella at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield - watch the trailer here


Photo Andrew Billington
‘Fresh, fun and relentlessly family-friendly’
THE STAGE
 
'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’
★★★★
HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER



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.  

"...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
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

"HAVE A GANDER - IT'S A CRACKING SHOW"
Salisbury Journal

"A SMASHING SHOW"
Fine Times Recorder

"PANTO GOLD"
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
With:
Christopher Eccleston, 
Alan Cox, 
Lee Ingleby and Anthony Kernan in the cast.


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




A couple of years ago I wrote a stage adaptation of
The Vicar of Dibley to be performed by a local amateur company. Last year they commissioned me again to write a sequel for Christmas 2016.



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