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

 

 

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FLOMO


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

 

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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

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Sleeping Beauty


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

 

 

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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
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Director



Two





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




Cinderella


Lawrence Batley Theatre - Huddersfield


Andrew Pollard 




Jack and the Beanstalk


 Lawrence Batley Theatre


Andrew Pollard






Measure for Measure





Lancaster Castle - Site-Specific


Shakespeare




Much Ado About Nothing


Vienna's English Theatre


Shakespeare








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




Press


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




MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING


"A spectacular brilliant production"

KURIER



ALADDIN


"Spectacular"

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WUTHERING HEIGHTS - Hurricane speed


"Glorious"

The independent

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

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE



TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT


"Joyce Branagh has done a quite astonishing job"

ALAN HULME MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS



MEASURE FOR MEASURE


"A spectacular brilliant production"

BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE



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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Writing

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.

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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.

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Peggy and the Spaceman


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

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Bleeding Hell


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

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Pantomime


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

 

 

 

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Woman Friday


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

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Contact


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