A brand new play about forbidden love in Bolton in the Sixties by Octagon National Playwriting Prize winner Kathrine Smith.
Out of hundreds of submissions from across the globe submitted for the National Octagon Prize – All I See Is You by Kathrine Smith is one of the winning duologues that will be performed for the first time in the Octagon Studio during the theatre’s 50th anniversary season.
Bobby works on Woolies' record counter. Ralph dreams of being a teacher. One kiss and they're hooked. It's Bolton, 1967 and their love is illegal. Can Bobby and Ralph overcome their own demons and defy society to find a way of being together? All I See Is You is a roller-coaster love story inspired by real accounts of queer life from fifty years ago.
An Octagon regular, Christian Edwards returns to play the role of Ralph, he has previously performed in The Winter’s Tale, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Secret Garden and Singin’ in the Rain. Eastenders and Shameless actor Ciaran Griffiths will be making his debut at the Octagon having most recently appeared on stage in Shirley at Hope Mill Theatre.
Kathrine writes mainly for TV. Her credits include EastEnders, Holby City and Suspects, she comments “The Octagon's 50th anniversary year coincided with the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. This got me thinking about the stories that haven't been told from that time. The challenges Bobby and Ralph face are based on news reports and biographical accounts from the 1960s. All I See Is You is not just a play about love overcoming prejudice but I hope, a celebration of courage and self-acceptance."
All I See Is You will be playing at the Octagon Theatre Bolton’s Studio from Fri 6 to Sat 14 April 2018.
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