Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy will reprise their roles in Robert Chevara’s acclaimed production of Philip Ridley’s Vincent River, transferring to Trafalgar Studios from Park Theatre.
Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. Tonight, they meet for the first time… and their lives will change forever.
Philip Ridley’s modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 2001, and a West End smash at Trafalgar Studios in 2007. This production was seen at London’s Park Theatre in 2018. Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, its now seen as one of the most powerful explorations of hate crime – and society’s need to crush ‘difference’ – ever written.
Director Robert Chevara said ”Vincent River is a modern classic and a dazzling, prescient piece of theatre. The play is even more prophetic now than when it was first produced. The murder of Jo Cox MP in 2016 shocked the nation and hate crimes have risen by 17% this last year alone. But hate crimes against LGBT people in the UK have surged over 78% in the last five years. One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime because of their sexual orientation in the last 12 months and four in five younger LGBT people have not reported the hate crimes they’ve endured, and are particularly reluctant to go to the police.”
Vincent River is at Trafalgar Studios from Thursday 16 May to Saturday 22 June 2019.