Joyce is a Northern Irish actress who left her law practice in Belfast to train at Drama Studio London in 2009. In 2011 she made her Royal Court debut in Debbie Tucker Green’s Truth and Reconciliation.
She plays anything from passionate Queens and corporate execs to servants and damaged fragile women. Recent theatre credits include: Nuffield, Theatre Clywd, Riverside Studios and Theatre 503.
Joyce is also a gifted writer – she was on the Royal Court Writers Programme in 2014 and is currently long listed for C4’s Coming Up competition. She regularly contributes to new writing events like The Miniaturists and Short(s)Wave, which she co founded with her Royal Court colleagues, and has several short films and theatre scripts in development. She has also written, produced, directed and performed in her own guerrilla style web-series Chalk & Cheese – a wee comedy about 2 Belfast detectives.
A Woman of Substance – Tristan Bates Theatre
Tia Bannon and Joyce Greenaway bounce off each other with ease and their interplay is entirely believable…Greenaway, as the world weary poet Cassandra, creates a sufficiently downbeat counterpart, slow to open up but quick to anger. Her performance settles as the piece develops and she clearly relishes the beautifully written monologue towards the end of the play. She conveys the intense anguish of the character beautifully using the pauses to create an appropriate melancholy and sense of bitterness.
British Theatre Guide
Cassandra, played by Joyce Greenaway, is a writer crippled with grief and guilt for the death of her girlfriend. Jasmin (Tia Bannon) is a young runaway who never wants to go home. Through a night’s drink and drug binge the two women form an unlikely bond, united through the spoken word which may just save them both before it is too late. Greenaway grasps the audience’s attention beautifully with moments of anger and then quiet unhappiness. One particular moment when she is crying on a sofa makes the audience empathise with her, and desperately want her character to break free of the clutches of alcohol.
A Younger Theatre
Shore – Riverside Studios
…it is easy to appreciate the acting…The actors perform beautifully…
Tall Tales – Clwyd Theatr Cymru
The four performers, whether singing, playing instruments, operating puppets, narrating tales, playing parts or simply chatting to and involving their audience, particularly the younger members of it, are delightfully winning… Joyce Greenaway is a particularly frightening and angry witch as well as producing lovely music from her violin.
Theatre in Wales
Twopence to Cross the Mersey – Liverpool Empire
Special mentions to Belfast duo Colin Connor and Joyce Greenaway, both superb in a number of roles… Greenaway has taken an unusual route to the stage; a practising lawyer, she abandoned law to pursue her childhood love of theatre – this is the latest role on an increasingly impressive CV…
The Irish World