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
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 have just written
"A cracking script from Joyce Branagh"
...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.
"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
Branagh directs at breakneck speed this hilarious, superbly performed
evening finale that leaves the audience breathless.”
David Chadderton, BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
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 -
... 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
"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
"...the 1950s setting ensures even the Bard has never had it so good.
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 time...one of Shakespeare’s ‘problem’ plays but there are no difficulties apparent in director Joyce Branagh’s smooth stroll through this promenade production."
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
Photo by © Reinhard Reidinger
and directed the hugely enjoyable
"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..." KURIER
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
Alan Cox, &
in the cast.
I also devised and directed The Arabian Nights at the beautiful Minack Theatre in Cornwall