Stand-up director Adam Brace dies aged 43

Tuesday 2nd May 2023, 11:30am

Adam Brace
  • Award-winning stand-up director and writer Adam Brace has died after a short illness
  • His work includes nine Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated shows, including Liz Kingsman's recent One Woman Show
  • "His creative generosity, laconic joyfulness - his 'Braceness' - lives on in his collaborators and their work"

Adam Brace, the award-winning stand-up director, has died after a short illness.

Soho Theatre released a statement saying: "It is with deep sadness we announce that our much-loved friend, colleague and client Adam Brace died on Saturday 29th April.

"Adam was a director, co-creator, dramaturg, script editor and writer. He was a unique talent of our time, working with artists all over the world across theatre, comedy and performance. With enormous range and variety, his work won many accolades and awards, though he was fiercely proud of all of his shows and the artists he worked with. He loved working with them, and everyone loved working with him."

Brace helped shape nine Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated shows and his recent credits include directing One Woman Show, Liz Kingsman's smash-hit 5 star format, and moulding Alex Edelman's award-winning Just For Us.

In recent years he has also worked as a director with stand-ups including Ahir Shah, Janine Harouni, Jonny Pelham, Leo Reich, Lou Sanders, Lucy Pearman, Nina Conti, Ruby Wax, Sami Abu Wardeh, Sarah Keyworth, Stevie Martin and Sunil Patel.

Soho Theatre says: "His creative generosity, laconic joyfulness - his 'Braceness' - lives on in his collaborators and their work."

As a writer, Brace worked on TV shows including The Mash Report and Late Night Mash, and his stage playwright credits include Stovepipe and They Drink It In The Congo.

The venue continues: "Adam was a vital part of Soho Theatre at every level, and it's hard to imagine the company, or the work on its stages, without him. He will be missed by his many friends, colleagues and collaborators. Our thoughts and love are with them, and particularly his partner Becca, his mum and step-dad Nikki and Nigel, and his brothers Tim and Alex."

There will be an event in his memory, with further details to follow.

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