Ira Brand



Ira is an artist, theatre-maker and writer. She creates live interdisciplinary performances inspired by the questions and phenomena that she considers central to the experience of being human. Her process is one of using personal starting points to speak to wider social, political and formal concerns.

Her work incorporates text, video, interviews and research, and she increasingly works with choreographic practices, exploring a physical language of the ‘untrained’ body. She strives to make shows that celebrate both personal and collective experience. She is also one of the co-directors of the award-winning artist-led collective Forest Fringe.

In the press

“..a writer and performer of rare precision… language is wielded like a scalpel, words are polished into poetry, and the smallest gestures speak volumes.” 
The Stage

“Whoever is broken here … the dominant male, the questing female, or the audience’s expectations, it’s been a magnificent rupture.” 
Total Theatre


Current productions

Be Gentle With Me

A piece about notions of illness, about being sick and being well, about private experience and public exposure, about feeling pain and watching it. It is a duet for a 33-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, a provocative, funny and intimate show about our bodies as changing, fluctuating things.

Various availability.

Break Yourself

A piece about the performance of identity and of gender. Performed in male drag, it is about the relationship between gender, power and desire, the complex landscape of male and female sexual desire, and the desire to be something ‘other’. And it’s about Bruce Springsteen.

Available throughout 2017-2019.