Joyce Branagh - Writer & Director

I am a Director, Writer an Actor based in the North West of England, but working all over the UK, and internationally.
 Photo: Lucas Smith Photography
I'm represented by Amber Personal Management, can be found on Spotlight, and you can view my showreel here


Photo: Lucas Smith
Boomtown Gals, which I wrote, produced and performed last year won 'Best Fringe Performance' in the Manchester Theatre Awards  2017
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 have just written
Dick Whittington and his Cat for South Hill Park...
"A cracking script from Joyce Branagh"
Maidenhead Advertiser

...and 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


I've just directed Aladdin at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, my third year directing their Christmas production.
Watch the trailer here

"Joyce Branagh directs with genuine love and respect for this genre" NORTH WEST END

"Spectacular" THE STAGE

"This Aladdin was made with love—and it shows. Huge festive fun." BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE

Photo: Brainne Edge
Earlier this year I directed a fast-paced farce version of
War & Peace,
a follow up to Wuthering Heights at Hurrican Speed at 53Two Manchester.

A longer piece combining many classic novels is currently in development. 

(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.” 

"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

Recently 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 a co-production - Lawrence Batley Theatre,
Wakefield Theatre, Cast Doncaster
&  Barnsley Civic
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

I love directing Shakespeare and particularly enjoyed Measure for Measure , a site-specific promenade production at the historic
Lancaster Castle.  

"...the 1950s setting ensures even the Bard has never had it so good.
The play gets "All Shook Up", as well as half a dozen other pop classics, in a production that honours the subversive nature of the story, but never lets up on having a good of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ plays but there are no difficulties apparent in director Joyce Branagh’s smooth stroll through this promenade production."

Photo by © Reinhard Reidinger

and directed the hugely enjoyable
 Much Ado About Nothing at Vienna's English Theatre, as the season finale to their 50th year.

"a spectacular, brilliant production of the comedy directed by Joyce Branagh.  The young ensemble from Britain that she has assembled is superb and Branagh directs them without any of the usual alienation and updating so common nowdays"  KRONEN ZEITUNG

"Much charm and slapstick about nothing on the carousel of love.
Enormous fun..."

I develop and direct a lot of new work, including a reading of a new play called 
The Ballad of Lennon/McCartney at 
Jermyn Street Theatre

Christopher Eccleston, 
Alan Cox, &
Lee Ingleby
in the cast.

I also devised and directed The Arabian Nights at the beautiful Minack Theatre in Cornwall

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