Philip Ridley’s heartbreaking modern classic – relocated to Manchester – has regional premiere at the award-winning Hope Mill Theatre
Tuesday 27 February – Saturday 24 March
The thrilling and heartbreaking play Vincent River, by award-winning playwright and author Philip Ridley, has been relocated to Manchester – the city where it is to receive its regional premiere next month.
Yet Another Carnival and Hope Mill Theatre present Vincent River by Philip Ridley and directed by John Young from Tuesday 27 February to Saturday 24 March 2018 at Hope Mill Theatre.
This searing modern classic, which premiered in London at the Hampstead Theatre in 2000, takes aim at homophobia and hate crime with breathtaking honesty.
Author Philip Ridley said: “I’m so thrilled and excited that Vincent River is being brought to life, and relocated to Manchester, for its regional premiere at Hope Mill Theatre. It’s the perfect home for the play.”
Vincent River slides under the surface of fear, hatred and love. Davey has seen something he can’t forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. These two have never met. Tonight their paths cross with devastating consequences.
Vincent River is directed by John Young and stars Joyce Branagh and Dominic Holmes.
John Young, co-founder and co-artistic director of Yet Another Carnival, trained on the National Theatre Directors Course and is a former Resident Assistant Director at The Finborough Theatre, prior to this he was on the Emerging Trainee Director Scheme at Theatr Clwyd. Direction includes: To Dream Again (Polka Theatre and Theatr Clwyd), Scattered (Theatr Clwyd, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Good Chance Theatre), We Know Where You Live (Finborough Theatre), The Watchers (Southwark Playhouse), What the Walls Saw, The Thing Is and The Joy Show (Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Young Company) and Soft Beats the Heart (Theatre503). Assistant Director credits include: The Beggars Opera and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Storyhouse), Aladdin and Skyhawk the Musical (Theatr Clwyd), Chicken Dust and Our American Cousin (Finborough Theatre).
Joyce Branagh recently won Best Fringe Performance at the 2017 Manchester Theatre Awards for Boomtown Gals. Other theatre credits as a performer include Pet Defenders (Latitude Festival), A Different Time (JB Shorts/Real Life Theatre), The Last Battle (They Eat Culture), The Eystery of Mabel Drinkwater (Oldham Library Theatre), Safe in Our Hands (JB Shorts/Realife Theatre), Colder Than Here (HOME Manchester), Macbeth (GB Theatre Co), The Wittol’s Wife (Hebden Bridge Little Theatre), The Deep Blue Seat (Hebden Bridge Little Theatre), Two (Todmorden Hippodrome), Can’t Smile Without You (Organised Chaos) and Peggy the Spaceman (Manchester Comedy Store). Television appearances include Porridge, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and The Bill. Joyce is also a successful theatre director in her own right.
Dominic Holmes graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2015. His theatre credits include Noise (Birmingham Old Rep) Henry IV (Waterloo east) The Final Frontier (Theatre503) Macbeth (Out of Joint) and The teenagers (Hightide) Television credits include Jinx (CBBC) Coronation Street (ITV) and Heartbeat (ITV) Dominic has recently completed filming in one of the lead roles as Malcolm in feature film Cannibals and Carpet Fitters due for release in early 2018.
This production is supported by the Arts Council, Superbia and The Philip Carne Trust.
For more information or to book tickets, visit www.yetanothercarnival.co.uk/ or www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk.