I am a director, dramaturg, producer and theatre-maker based in the East Midlands. My directing includes shows for the Park Theatre, London, the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Notnow Collective, Anonymous is a Woman, New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Gramophones, and Ava Hunt.

Tilly Branson headshot

Photo: Pamela Raith

All of my work is underpinned by my interest in women’s voices in theatre – as writers, directors, decision makers and strong central characters; as well as my interests in new writing, experimenting with form, and making work which finds innovative ways of engaging with and crossing the traditional divide between audience and stage/performer/action.

To read more about my directing work please click here.

I have a Research Masters in Theatre, and in 2017 I completed an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Nottingham, titled ‘Re-imagining the Rural Tour‘.

I am an experienced teacher and workshop facilitator, and have taught sessions on rural touring and on the Drama Theatre Performance module at the University of Nottingham. I am an Associate Lecturer at Derby University and in 2018 designed and led the Professional Practice module for final year undergraduate students. I have a background in training and education and have worked with groups from eighteen months to adult in schools, colleges, youth theatres, after school clubs and hospitals. I am a qualified Arts Award adviser (Discover/Explore/Bronze/Silver).

“Director Tilly Branson… build(s) the tension gradually but remorselessly up to a final coup de théâtre”. 5 stars – What’s On Stage on Man to Man

“a tour de force… scenes both realistic and surreal are strongly drawn… the powerful ending is unrelentingly dark”. 4.5 stars – The Public Reviews on Man to Man

“director Tilly Branson succeeds in presenting a simple stripped-back piece that does not need huge production sets, props, and costumes to fulfil its goal of triggering both deep compassion and inspired action in audiences”. 5 stars – TV Bomb on Acting Alone 

thought-provoking reflections… Ava… speaks powerful words of wisdom with an extraordinary level of understanding… More than just storytelling, more than a play, quite an experience” – Left Lion on Acting Alone

a highlight of the symposium… your performance had such an impact on the many delegates that attended“, Dr Molly Mullen, conference convenor, Performance of Hope, New Zealand, on Acting Alone

“The story is immaculately played out… a meticulously researched and insightful play“ – The Stage on Entertaining Angels

Truly sensational…pitched perfectly…brought to life with a real sense of energy and vibrancy” – Buxton Fringe Review on End to End

An injection of optimism…energetic storytelling, five stars” – Three Weeks on End to End