Set up by Dan Jarvis and Dan Ellis earlier this year, Green Carnation Company are a new theatre company dedicated to producing high quality productions that tackle contemporary issues affecting the queer community.
Our aspiration is to be quality focused first, and therefore, by producing high quality productions, we are able to bring nuanced explorations of contemporary issues affecting the LGBTQ community to new audiences.
We have a commitment to equality across our company, with equal pay and encouraging a diverse team, predominantly from LGBTQ backgrounds. Our first venture will be to perform Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride at Hope Mill Theatre from 16 - 20 October.
The Pride is a queer-themed play exploring ideas of gay pride and gay shame and identity within two parallel time-frames: the 1950's and modern day Britain. Its themes include monogamy vs. polygamy, historic institutional treatment of homosexuality as a mental illness, sexual addiction, modern day capitalisation of "pink pound", the outdated sexism of the “fag hag” stereotype and the value of self worth (to name a few!).
While producing the project, we wish to include wider audience development opportunities such as a post-show panel discussion with relevant academics and creatives and an online blog with scheduled articles discussing themes within the play and wider LGBTQ culture.
The company was set up based on Dan J and Dan E's (from this point on, they shall be known as 'The Dans') passion for Alexi Kaye Campbell's script, and subsequent discussions (usually over a pint of IPA down Canal Street) about the possibility of performing it. However The Dans were desperate for this not to be a one off run of shows, but were keen to think about future potential projects as a company with a clear ethos and drive to showcase different forms of LGBTQ material going forward.
Having cast strong, local established and emerging talent along side a fresh-out-of-LIPA design team, we start rehearsals on 'The Pride', mid-September, with the performances taking place a month later at Hope Mill Theatre, which has recently been described as having "quickly become one of the country’s best fringe spaces" by the Evening Standard.
We have set up this Crowdfunder in order to allow us to produce the best possible piece of theatre as a newly founded company, and to ensure Green Carnation continues to develop and produce further performances and projects past 2018, with the aim of focusing on new writing from members of the LGBTQ community and being able to support deserving work that may otherwise struggle to be seen by audiences.
We have been fortunate to have been successful in our Arts Council England Grants funding bid and are very close to reaching our income target for covering the costs of the production. Any additional funding raised will be used to help us create digital content designed to raise awareness around the themes and issues within the play affecting LGBTQ+ communities and to ensure Green Carnation becomes a leading name in LGBTQ theatre in the future, all starting with our production of 'The Pride'!