Vincent River 2022

Green Carnation Company present

Wednesday 12 – Wednesday 19 October 2022, at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester
7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm

Supported by The Mollyhouse, Manchester

…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.

Green Carnation are back! We’re returning to Hope Mill Theatre, where our journey first began in 2018, with a thrilling new production of Philip Ridley’s ‘Vincent River’.


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.

This modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 2000, and a West End smash in 2007 & 2018. A multi-award winning playwright, Philip Ridley’s plays have become synonymous with some of the greatest pieces of LGBTQ+ theatre in the last century.

“Ridley’s best play” Time Out

“Tender, Funny, Heart-breaking, with a great cast” Russell T Davies on Green Carnation’s production of ‘My Night with Reg’

“Ridley’s writing glistens in high-definition” What’s On Stage

“Fantastically human. Impeccable delivery and razor-sharp direction. A theatrical culinary feast.” The Reviews Hub on Green Carnation’s production of ‘My Night with Reg’

Artwork by Sean Longmore.

Suitable for ages 16+:  Themes of homophobia, abuse and murder. Characters smoke and drink throughout. Strong language.


Vincent River is kindly supported by The Mollyhouse in Manchester.

This LGBTQ+ bar and kitchen on Richmond Street (just behind Canal Street) serves an excellent variety of ales, beers, wines and tapas and a warm and welcoming environment. We have sunk many a pint in this fine Manchester village establishment!

We did it! We raised £3,200 through our Crowdfunder. We honestly can’t thank you all enough for your support. Thanks to your support, Vincent River is now a reality and we are recruiting an incredible production team and cast.

In particular we want to thank the following people (angels?) who have been unimaginably supportive and have given us such faith and confidence:

Antoine Burgard, Kevin Dye, Phil Edwards, Denise Garland, Matthew Goddard, Michael Goodwin, Mark Hennell, Alison Jarvis, Richard Jarvis, Nick Kirby, Ben Mason, Helen Neal, Mark Nottingham, Andrew Porter, Lucy Rimmer, Nick Sample, Alex Seewald & Vincent Slater.

And a huge thank you to everyone else who donated, cheered us on, or bought us a pint and convinced us we weren’t mad!

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‘Vincent River’ was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London on 6 September

2000. The play was revived by Ros Povey for Old Vic Productions at the Trafalgar Studios, London on 30 October 2007.  It is presented by arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd.