About me.

I am based in Yorkshire, but work throughout the UK and beyond.

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 - particularly  comedy.

Last year I directed Twelfth Night in York, and The Thundergirls at The Lowry, and returned to the Lawrence Batley Theatre for their 2019 Christmas production: Sleeping Beauty.

I am currently developing a new comedy written by Lindzi Williams and Peter Kerry for production in Manchester 2021


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'.

Dick Whittington at SouthHill Park was nominated for 'Best Script' in the great British Pantomime Awards.

My latest play Ladies That Bus toured February-March 2020.  It was developed from community interviews with the support of The Dukes Lancaster, Theatre by the Lake and Brewery Arts Kendal.

I am currently writing pantomimes Cinderella for South Hill Park and Aladdin for Cast in Doncaster.

Current & Recent

A Woman With Balls

A Woman With Balls is a short film (4 mins) currently exhibiting at the Queen's Hall Arts Centre's 'Digital' online gallery.  It's about women and football - historically and now. It features rising football star                Evie Priestley, and tells the true-life  story of an amazing woman, who you probably haven't heard of.

Watch it  here:  A Woman With Balls





FLOMO is a short film (9 mins) which I co-directed with Writer-Composer Zara Nunn.  It's a lighthearted musical comedy about the perils of FOMO during lockdown. 

Starring Riana Duce and Gary Wilmot

Watch it  here:  FLOMO



Ladies That Bus

Ladies That Bus is a comedy-drama - a heart-warming and hilarious tale of journeys taken and not taken, of regrets and celebrations, and what it means to be free…   I have written the script together with the rest of the company, and will be performing a variety of characters, together with Helen Longworth and Lisa Howard.  The play is directed by Kirstie Davis.

Ladies That Bus toured  Spring 2020 and we hope to give it a second life once theatres are back open again. see ladiesthatbus.co.uk


"A duologue between two troubled bus passengers is a small gem of writing and acting within a jewellery box of a production.”  British Theatre Guide


Sleeping Beauty

Directed Sleeping Beauty for Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. Click here for  more information.




Twelfth Night

Summer production Twelfth Night at Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, York.  27th June - 1st September 2019

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



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


Lawrence Batley Theatre - Huddersfield

Andrew Pollard 

Jack and the Beanstalk

 Lawrence Batley Theatre

Andrew Pollard

Measure for Measure

Lancaster Castle - Site-Specific


Much Ado About Nothing

Vienna's English Theatre


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


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


"A spectacular brilliant production"




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WUTHERING HEIGHTS - Hurricane speed


The independent

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



"Joyce Branagh has done a quite astonishing job"



"A spectacular brilliant production"


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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Ladies That Bus

Based on interviews and workshops with members of the public along the 555 Bus Route between Lancaster and Keswick.

Toured from 6th February to 8th March 2020

See www.ladiesthatbus.co.uk for more information.


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.


Peggy and the Spaceman

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


Bleeding Hell

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



I have written 4 pantomimes, for Watford Palace Theatre and South Hill Park.  I am currently writing Cinderella for South Hill Park and Aladdin for Cast in Doncaster, both for production Christmas 2020





Woman Friday

I am currently developing a new play with Oldham Libraries which will now be filmed September 2020



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