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Luke Hereford, writer and performer of Grandmother's Closet joyously performing on stage.

Making theatre with Pride

"I wanted to make a show that was unapologetically queer, and unapologetically me."

Luke Hereford

We're proud to uplift LGBTQ+ artists, showcasing and supporting their amazing talent all year-round. Our co-production Grandmother's Closet captured Luke Hereford's journey of queer self-discovery and dazzled audiences in Cardiff and the Edinburgh Fringe. 

A year after it's sold-out run in our Weston Studio, the closet could not be contained, as they returned to a brand-new Cabaret space to stage their five-star show all over again. As we celebrate Pride Month, we shine a spotlight on Luke, who shares how such a personal story went from script to stage.

The first piece of glitter from Luke’s story of self-discovery, family and acceptance fell in April 2022, and the show has resonated with audiences throughout the UK and abroad, including a celebrated stop at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August.

Growing up in a close-knit south Wales community, Luke relied on their Nan as a personal cheerleader to guide them through their queer childhood. Revelations of wearing their nan’s dresses to become Judy Garland and their first introduction to Jake Shears and Scissor Sisters were mixed with tales of their very first Pride event and finding the perfect shade of lipstick, all soundtracked by Madonna, Kylie, Kate Bush and their other favourite pop divas.

Learn more about Grandmother’s Closet and you can also purchase the brilliant playtext in our Siop. We thank Luke and the entire Grandmother’s Closet team for providing us with unfiltered joy.

Wales Millennium Centre is a home for everyone, and we are dedicated to supporting and showcasing queer artists and performers, this month and every month. Why not book a seat at Cabaret one weekend and discover a world of unexpected and entertaining delights?