Directing

I have a strong track record for directing new writing, and primarily work with stories which place women’s voices centrally, both on and off stage.

Pepper and Honey

Writer: Kristina Gavran. Notnow Collective, Derby Theatre March 2019, touring autumn 2019/spring 2020.

“We as an audience are not simply watching a play, we are being invited into someone’s home and life as it is presented before us. We are transported to Croatia through different scents and sounds… We sit, drink, eat, and even bake with both Ana and her grandma delighting in their stories and our differences in culture” ★★★★ – The Reviews Hub

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Think of England

Writer: Madeline Gould. Anonymous is a Woman Theatre Company, Vault Festival and national tour January – March 2018.

★★★★ “an unexpectedly frank glimpse of the grubby realities of women’s work in wartime.” – The Stage
★★★★★ “stellar production… definitely one to catch” – LondonTheatre1
★★★★ “ Brilliant! delightful & charming & oh boy is it fun!” – Theatre BOX
★★★★★ “Crafted & performed to perfection – the show of the festival so far… Tilly Branson’s direction presents the play in a straightforward but never predictable way” – Mind the Blog
★★★★ – “Tilly Branson directs crisply and effectively… a lovely, understated piece of immersive theatre… it’s a gem” – Stage Talk
★★★★ – “Our top show of week 3… Gould and Branson intelligently tease out such subtle interplays between all the characters that this tea dance is jam packed full of intention and subtext” – Miro Magazine
★★★★ – Theatre Weekly
★★★★ – Breaking the Fourth Wall
★★★★★ – The Theatre Tourist
“highlight of the VAULT” – Ought to be Clowns

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Getting Better Slowly
Writer: Nick Wood. Lincoln Drill Hall & national tour, October 2016-February 2017.

This production refuses to shy away from making people uncomfortable… It is a bodily experience, and importantly it sheds light on a disease that few will have heard of before. It is a show that will captivate your mind, examining the human body with heartfelt precision” A Younger Theatre

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Man to Man
Writer: Manfred Karge. Mercury Theatre, Colchester 4-19th October 2013; Park Theatre, London, 4-30th November 2014

Theatrically speaking this is a tour-de-force, award deserving performance by Tricia Kelly… Director Tilly Branson… build(s) the tension gradually but remorselessly up to a final coup de théâtre”. ★★★★★ – What’s On Stage.

a tour de force… scenes both realistic and surreal are strongly drawn… the powerful ending is unrelentingly dark“. ★★★★1/2 – The Public Reviews.

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Acting Alone
By Ava Hunt and Tilly Branson. Derby Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse & national and international tour, 2015-2016.

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

accomplished… different threads are tied together with aplomb… a brave and thoughtful show“. Fringe Review

ambitious and provoking… sometimes funny, often moving and engaging throughout“. Buxton Fringe

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Entertaining Angels
Writer: Brendan Murray. New Perspectives Theatre Company, Lakeside Arts Centre and UK tour, 2nd May-1st June 2013.

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

vivid and true to life… a fantastic piece of theatre“ – Left Lion.

Perhaps the best performance in 25 years in our village hall“. “Outstanding… stunning…. We have National Theatre Live in our village hall, and it’s as good as anything we’ve seen from them” – Audience feedback.

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End to End
The Gramophones, Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and UK touring 2013.

The play is a superb work from an up-and-coming Nottingham company, richly layered, funny and entertaining and at times very moving. If you feel your life lacks excitement, this may be the right medicine to help you rediscover your lust for life“ – Left Lion.

Truly sensational…pitched perfectly…brought to life with a real sense of energy and vibrancy” – Buxton Fringe Review, July 2012.

An injection of optimism…energetic storytelling, five stars” – Three Weeks, Edinburgh 2012.

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Due Course
New Perspectives Theatre Company, East Midlands theatre/rural tour, 2-7th July 2013.

a very satisfying, engaging and thought-provoking 70 minute theatrical reflection on what it means to live in the East Midlands today… The STEP UP Creatives and Director Tilly Branson have packed these 70 minutes full of creativity, ideas and innovation
Audience review, Thurgarton.

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Goldfish
New Perspectives Theatre Company, East Midlands theatre/rural tour, 21-24 June 2012.

Memory is hard enough to manage well in one production and taking on five interweaving tales could have had alarming results.  Not here as the basic understanding of the main theme is sound enough to carry us through – a feat which shows Branson as a  promising director with her hands securely on the helm” – Audience review, Guildhall, Derby.

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