By Iman Qureshi (2018, Prize Winner)
UK tour in co-production with English Touring Theatre
Directed by Hannah Hauer-King. Designed by Amy Jane Cook. Lighting by Jack Weir. Sound by Max Pappenheim.
Cast: Aryana Ramkhalawon, Assad Zaman, Edward Stone, Francesca Zoutewelle.
“I just thought it would be a secret I’d have to die with. And now – I think it’ll be what kills me.”
Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future.
Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of Ayesha’s community and faith, has profound consequences.
Forced to confront a secret she has hidden even from herself, Ayesha must decide who she is – no matter the cost.
The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st-century Britain.
★★★★★ “Heartfelt and intelligent, dead brilliant.” Young Perspective
★★★★ “Emotionally intense…a very good play.” Scots Gay Arts
★★★★ “A charged, thought-provoking piece.” The Skinny
★★★★ “Genuinely moving.” Bouquets & Brickbats
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Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh 7 – 9 March 2019
Nottingham Playhouse 14 – 16 March
North Wall, Oxford 21 March 2019
Home, Manchester 27 – 30 March 2019