The Funeral Director
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
From Thu 7 Mar 2019 to Sat 9 Mar 2019 Nottingham Playhouse
From Thu 14 Mar 2019 to Sat 16 Mar 2019 North Wall, Oxford
From Thu 21 Mar 2019 to Thu 21 Mar 2019 HOME, Manchester
From Wed 27 Mar 2019 to Sat 30 Mar 2019
- Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize - 2018
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.
Iman Qureshi's play The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in twenty-first-century Britain. It won the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize and premiered at Southwark Playhouse, London, in October 2018.
‘I just thought it would be a secret I’d have to die with. And now – I think it’ll be what kills me.’
'Very clever… plenty of moral meat to sink your teeth into'Time Out
'A bit of a cracker... Iman Qureshi’s play tackles, with grace and dignity, the tricky subject of Islamic attitudes to same-sex relationships. It’s a play that makes a humane point without lapsing into preachiness'Guardian
'A sensitive and nuanced exploration of sexuality and the Islamic faith... elegantly drawn'The Stage