Conversation between cousins, Theora and Carey, about their large Greek-Cypriot family, divorce and coming out as gay.
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BBC Radio Sussex, Brighton
Theodorou, Theora, 1967- (female, Restaurant Manager), Christoforou, Carey, 1969- (male, Self-Employed)
Theora and Carey are first cousins from a large Greek-Cypriot family. They grew up together in a large Victorian townhouse in Brighton during the 1970s. Carey’s family lived on the top floor whilst Theora lived downstairs with her mum, gran, dad and two sisters. There’s not a lot they don’t know about each other but Carey had been meaning to ask his cousin a certain question for some time. Theora is the daughter of the owners of The Vineyard Steakhouse, a Greek-Cypriot, family-run restaurant in Preston Street, Brighton. She is a waitress there. The restaurant is a very old-fashioned, family-run restaurant. Her father died in April and used to sit at the bar, her mother still sits at the bar and doesn’t speak much English. Theora is very sassy with traces of cockney and Greek, she was a wild teenager, experimenting with drink and drugs and says you can never keep that a secret from a Greek family. Theora married Christophe in 1993 and divorced three years later, she’s currently in a stable relationship. Cousin Carey was born in Brighton and they were all brought up together in the same Victorian three-storey townhouse, Theora used to bath Carey when he was young. Carey is now 42 and in a gay relationship, his partner is called Ed. The cousins meet up regularly – they only trust each other within the family as the others have “big mouths” and can’t be trusted with secrets. They talk about relationships, love, divorce, being gay and coming out.
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