Xtra Features has produced a new short audio drama for Leicester Digital Pride.
Grandma’s Story, written by Josh Whittingham, explores a grandmother’s reaction to her grandson coming out as well as her first experience of attending Leicester Pride with her grandson and his boyfriend.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Leicester’s annual Pride event, like many others, has been cancelled this year. However, Leicester Digital Pride will take its place this year and will give the LGBT+ community of Leicestershire an event that they can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. The event, which has been organised by the LGBT Centre Leicester and Trade Sexual Health, will feature a variety of entertainment from a diverse spread of the community. The event will feature arts and crafts, Q&As, music, spoken word, drag performances, social spaces and an LGBT+ themed pub quiz! In addition, members of the community in Leicestershire have been encouraged to take part a Digital Pride March by submitting videos of themselves showing their pride either at previous years’ events or at home during lockdown.
Josh Whittingham, the writer of Grandma’s Story, said “As an outreach volunteer for Trade Sexual Health and a member of the LGBT community in Leicester, I’m thrilled to be taking part in this historic event! I hope my drama will reach those members of the community who are afraid to come out in case the reaction of their family is negative as well as reaching the families of LGBT people, particularly grandparents who may be struggling to accept the sexuality of their loved ones”.
Grandma’s Story stars Virginia Hall as Grandma and has been produced by Jerome Whittingham of Xtra Features for Leicester Digital Pride. It will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube as part of the Digital Pride festivities on 5th September 2020 from 12pm. More details on timings to follow.
For more information, see the Trade Sexual Health website and follow Leicester Digital Pride on social media (Instagram / Twitter / Facebook: @leicsdigipride)