Ciaran Griffiths interview
Kathrine Smith’s new play All I See Is You reminds us all how far we have come in terms of LGBTQ rights in the UK. It is set in 1967, and Bobby and Ralph fall for each other, but their love is illegal. Ciaran Griffiths and Christian Edwards star in this gripping drama, which began life at the Bolton Octagon and arrives at the Hope Mill Theatre in May. We caught up with former Shameless and Eastenders actor Ciaran Griffiths to find out more.
What attracted you to the play?
It's a very moving love story that you rarely see told. It makes you laugh and cry. I want as many people as possible to see it!
Tell us a bit about your character?
You can't keep Bobby down! He loves his family and his job on Woolies record counter. Then after the thunderbolt of meeting Ralph, he can't deny who he is. He throws himself into the Canal Street scene, risking blackmail and arrest. But at the end of the day, Ralph's the only lad for him.
Why do you think the play was so popular at the Octagon?
It seemed to really touch people. The story's both funny and heartbreaking but ultimately gives a message of hope. Lots of great sixties music in there too!
Do you think LGBTQ representation has moved on over time?
I think it's really important to keep the history alive. It was shocking to discover the terrible things many had to go through to hide their sexuality. The play celebrates the courage it took for gay people to overcome prejudice and be their true selves.
What are your best memories of working on Shameless?
Laughing, lots! Working with some really amazing actors and making lifelong friends.
What do you love about Manchester?
What was the last thing you saw on stage that you loved?
The Political History of Smack and Crack starring Eve Steele and Neil Bell at the Lowry.
Can you summarise in five words why people should see All I See Is You?
For a heart-pounding rollercoaster ride!
Glenn Meads for Canal St Online
All I See Is You is at the Hope Mill Theatre from 27th May – 1st June.
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