About Us

Queer Stories. Quality Theatre.

Set up by Dan Jarvis and Dan Ellis in 2018, Green Carnation Company are a Manchester based theatre company dedicated to producing high quality productions that tackle contemporary issues affecting the queer and LGBTQ+ community.

In all of our projects and productions we seek to:

  • Produce quality driven pieces of theatre.
  • Tell interesting, relevant and original stories.
  • Start discussion and conversations by engaging and empowering both queer and non-queer audiences.
  • Develop a sustainable theatre model and committing to fair pay across our teams.

We are committed to both producing and developing new writing and staging and responding to established plays. 

Following the 2018 sell-out success of The Pride at Hope Mill Theatre and our participation in the new queer writing festival OutStageUs 2019 with FLUID by Nick Maynard, we are thrilled to be taking Kevin Elyot’s My Night with Reg on tour in 2020.

‘The Dans’

Co-founders Dan Ellis and Dan Jarvis work together to co-direct and co-produce their productions, believing that collaboration leads to more ideas, more creativity and a creating a shared vision.

Dan Jarvis, Co-Artistic Director

Dan Jarvis has been working as a director in Manchester for 5 years. He has been a regular director for Manchester ADP (a new writing development platform) since its foundation in August 2015 and has taken several plays from script-in-hand excerpt to full R&D workshops. Dan has also been a regular contributor to The Lowry studio members scratch nights.

Dan Jarvis was lead director on the site-specific cabaret performance as part of ACE funded project ‘A Very Victorian Scandal’, commissioned by LGBT History Month. The piece involved a deliberately anachronistic celebration of queer dance-hall and cabaret and the recreation of an infamous drag-ball police raid in 1880 and took place in VIA bar in Canal Street. The piece starred local drag queen Anna Phylactic and performed to a mixed crowd of invited audience (including Peter Tatchell and Russell T Davies) and an organic crowd of Canal Street patrons.

Dan Ellis, Co-Artistic Director

Dan Ellis is a graduate of LJMU drama school where he specialised in queer, subcultural theatre and cabaret.

Since graduating, Dan Ellis has worked as an actor, director and a producer around Chester for the last five years, having directed and produced a number of productions at The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester and Theatre Clwyd, Mold.

He is also an experienced youth practitioner, working for Theatretrain, Mold including directing ‘The Laramie Project’ which engaged young people with LGBTQ+ themes and issues.

As an actor, Dan has had roles in productions such as Equus, When We Are Married, The History Boys, and has played the comic role in pantomimes, annually, for over a decade.