Grandmother’s Closet heads to the Fringe

May 26, 2022 by

Following a successful run at home in Cardiff in April, Wales Millennium Centre and Luke Hereford are taking their solo musical Grandmother’s Closetto Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

This autobiographical play by first-time writer (and long-time theatre-maker) Luke Hereford is about queer identities, and how Luke learned to love his with the help of his grandmother and her colourful wardrobe.

Featuring modern arrangements of pop classics from female icons including Madonna, Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Judy Garland and Björk, and directed by first-time director (and long-time actor) François Pandolfo, Grandmother’s Closet will be performed 3-28 August at Summerhall.



Writer and performer Luke Hereford said: “This play is a manifestation of the joyful, glamorous spirit of my grandmother; my ultimate enabler. Every queer person has been on a journey of self-discovery at some point in their life, and though we take most of that journey alone, if we’re lucky we’re guided through it by unexpected formative moments with unexpected personal cheerleaders. Grandmother’s Closet honours those moments and cheerleaders, the power of memory, and is a salute the sacred art of dressing up.”

Wales Millennium Centre Producer Peter Darney said: “This is a beautiful and personal show about Luke’s relationship with his grandmother and the effect her support for him has had on him as an artist. We are very proud to commission Luke’s first production as a writer, and François’ first as a director, combining their considerable talents to make a compassionate and celebratory show.”


3-28 August 2022, 12.30pm (60mins)

(except 15 and 22 August)

Cairns Lecture Hall, Summerhall

Tickets: £13 (£11 conc, £8 on £8 Wednesday)

There will be a dementia-friendly performances – date to be confirmed.

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