Welcome to the home of Green Carnation COMPANY, telling QUEER STORIES THROUGH quality THEATRE.

We are a Manchester based theatre company dedicated to producing high-quality professional theatrical productions and digital work that address contemporary issues affecting the queer and LGBTQ+ community.

Calling queer writers

Queer Writer Call Out – image from tech rehearsal of My Night With Reg, 2020

We’re looking for new queer writers with an original story to share!

It’s been a long couple of year and we’re itching to get to know some new queer writers with scripts, stories and ideas that they are wanting to explore. We’re especially looking for stories that are a little bit different – stories that give a new perspective, or a queer twist.

Sound like you? Get in touch – full info on link below.

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Recent Projects

Vincent River
By Philip Ridley

…Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita is haunted by grief and shame. They have never met. Tonight their paths will collide with devastating consequences.

This year we returned to Hope Mill Theatre with a thrilling new production of Philip Ridley’s ‘Vincent River’ to fantastic audience and critical response.

Thrilling, heart-breaking, and at times darkly humorous, Philip Ridley’s powerful play examines hate crime, loss, prejudice and sexuality in this tense game of cat and mouse set in London’s East End.

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QUEER ALL ABOUT IT is a celebration of diverse queer stories and new perspectives through four powerful and moving short films by four emerging LGBTQ+ writers.

A sister remembers a fateful family game of UNO and an argument that can’t be taken back; a new father has the first day of school nerves; a woman must prove the thing she has had to hide to save herself; a prodigal son returns home for a family wedding, ready to reveal their true self.

Green Carnation Company explore topics of HIV, fatherhood, asylum seekers, gender and faith in four monologues by emerging LGBTQ+ writers that shine a light on diverse LGBTQ+ experiences. Working with film-makers Bloody Bandit Production and local performers, we have brought these stories to life through four powerful and moving short films.

We presented these films alongside Nick Maynard’s monologue FLUID at Turn On Fest 2021: Hope Mill Theatre’s annual LGBTQIA+ festival in partnership with Superbia on Friday 19 March.

Watch the films below:

FLUID by Nick Maynard (sexuality)

DRAW FOUR by Lorna Rose Treen (HIV: 30+ Years of Change)

LUNCHBOXES by Matt Gurr (My Queer Family)

PROVE IT by Lynsey Cullen (Queers Beyond Borders)

I CONTAIN MULTITUDES by Priyanka Jha (Faith and Sexuality)

Each film is accompanied by a short talking heads interview film featuring interviews with LGBTQ+ individuals and charity representatives, responding to the topics explored within the monologue.


In 2020 Green Carnation Theatre delivered their first successful Arts Council funded mid-scale tour across 5 venues with Kevin Elyot’s wonderfully human dark comedy ‘My Night with Reg‘ exploring the lives of 6 gay friends living in the shadow of the 1980’s AIDS crisis.

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OutStageUs 2019

September 12 – 14, 2019

‘Fluid’ as part of OutStageUs 2019 -Click the poster for all the info

‘Fluid’, written by Nick Maynard as part of the OutStageUs festival at The Lowry working with Hive North.

The Pride at Hope Mill Theatre

October 16 – 20, 2018


Our debut production at Manchester’s incredible Hope Mill Theatre in 2018 playing to sold out audiences for a full week. An LGBTQ+ story spanning decades as parallel lives in the 1950s and modern day overlap. How far we’ve come and how far we still have to go…