Vincent River ★★★★✰
With hate crimes still going strong against the LGBT community, Vincent River portrays the aftermath of those crimes.
Set in a flat in East London, the play centers around two characters, Anita and Davey. At first it’s quite hard to establish the connection the two characters share but that just adds to the emotions of both people on stage.
Anita (Louise Jameson), a grieving mother who lost her child, Vincent, in such an awful way, he was found beaten and dead in a hot spot known for gay activities, does well to hide her hurt, like she’s in denial. She tries to hide the fact her child was gay, she didn’t want to know.
Davey (Thomas Mahy) is the character who walks into Anita’s life, he was the one who found Vincent. When this comes into light Anita wants to know more, she want’s to know what he was doing there, how he came across her child’s body.
The show will take you on an emotional journey and at points I tried to stop the tears from leaving my eyes.
Both actors portrayed the emotion of love and hate very well and by the end of it you found yourself just wanting them to be friends and to bond over the loss they both endured.
My only issue with this show is the character Davey, I felt the director and the actor tried so hard to stereotype young men in East London, down from the way he spoke to the way he acted when Anita asked him questions.
His anger is justified but there were a couple of lines where I was left wondering why he burst out into anger like that.
Vincent River, written by Phillip Ridley is a new and refreshing play focusing on the plight of hate crime on the LGBT community and it’s and eye opening, emotional piece of theatre. At only 80 minutes long you don’t find yourself looking at your watch, you’re hooked on every word the actor is saying, wanting to know more, wanting to see how the story unravels.
Vincent River is currently playing at the Park Theatre until the 14th April.