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Bryn Holding

Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Shakespeare and Breath: Examining the psycho-physical impact of breath on actor and audience in the contemporary performance of Shakespeare.

Research Area

  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Performance and Live Art
  • Theories of Theatre


I am guest director / acting lecturer at the Royal Birmingham Conservatiore (part of Birmingham City University) and have previously taught on theatre practice modules at Staffordshire University, Bristol University, Bath Spa and Winchester University. 

Theatre Credits

Bryn is Associate Director of Hammerpuzzle Theatre Company and was Resident Assistant Director at the New Vic Theatre (2016-2017).


Bryn’s directing work includes: Cinderella and Home Girl (Derby Theatre), Urinetown, Brontë, The Grand Gesture, Macbeth and The Clockmaker's Daughter (RBC), The Woodlanders, Under The Greenwood Tree, Lark Rise to Candleford, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Owl & The Pussycat, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Snow Queen and The Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Everyman Theatre Cheltenham/ Hammerpuzzle) King John (Hammerpuzzle Theatre Co, commissioned by Theatre Royal Bath); Across the sky (Opera - Cheltenham Music Festival) The Sloe Pickers, The Arrivals (Theatre Royal Bath, the egg), On The Mend (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Common Lore (Award winning - Breakthrough Performance Rural Touring Awards 2019 for Stute Theatre/ Northern Broadsides) , Great Expectations (Newbury Corn Exchange), Just Soph (Stute Theatre/New Vic Tour), Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors (Greenwich Theatre/ Sell a Door Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK Tour, Sell a Door).

As Assistant director: The Snow Queen (Award Winning: UK Theatre Best Show for Children and Young People), Beryl, Anna of the Five Towns, Robin Hood and Marian, (New Vic Theatre) An Enemy of the People, Coriolanus (Justjones&).

As an actor, theatre credits include work with the RSC, New Vic, Royal Exchange, Derby Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre By The lake, Tobacco Factory/Myrtle Theatre Co, York Theatre Royal/Pilot Theatre Co, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and the Point Theatre Eastleigh.