By Iman Qureshi (2018, Prize Winner)
Directed by Hannah Hauer-King. Designed by Amy Jane Cook. Lighting by Jack Weir. Sound by Max Pappenheim.
Cast: Aryana Ramkhalawon, Maanuv Thiara, Tom Morley, Jessica Clark.
“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.
★★★★ “Every year the Papatango New Writing Prize comes up with a bit of a cracker…tackles, with grace and dignity, the tricky subject of Islamic attitudes to same-sex relationships.” The Guardian
★★★★★ “A triumphant piece of theatre…mesmerising.” Spy in the Stalls
★★★★★ “Pitch perfect.” Rewrite This Story
★★★★ “Papatango have dug up a real gem from a very promising writer.” London Box Office
★★★★ “A writer to watch, Qureshi has written a brilliant piece.“ Niall Hunt, Theatre Full Stop