The Funeral Director

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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

Details

    Written byIman Qureshi
    Start date7 Mar 2019
    End date9 Mar 2019

    Scottish Premiere
    English Touring Theatre & Papatango

    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 their community and their 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.

    Winner of Papatango’s 10th annual new writing prize.

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    Dates & Times
    Thu 7 – Sat 9 Mar, 8pm 

    Tickets
    Full price £17
    Standard concession £14
    Under 30s / Student £12.50
    Other concession £5

    Visit our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information

    Venue
    T2 

    Age Recommendation 
    14+ 

    Note: Please be aware that while there is no graphic imagery, violence, nudity or strong language in the play, there is one scene in which a baby is prepared for burial. If you have any concerns about watching this scene, please contact a member of staff who can advise on how this sensitive matter is presented.

    Image: Rebecca Pitt / Michael Wharley

    • Hannah Hauer-King

      Director
    • Amy Jane Cook

      Designer
    • Jack Weir

      Lighting Designer
    • Max Pappenheim

      Sound Designer
    • 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. ★★★★
      Theatre Full Stop
    • A sensitive and nuanced exploration of sexuality and the Islamic faith.
      The Stage
    • Tough, tender…extremely moving. ★★★★
      Asian Culture Vulture
    • Bravely explores the intersection of religious freedom, culture and LGBTQI rights… Despite the weight of its themes, there is plenty of sharp, dark comedy to enjoy. ★★★★
      Afridiziak
     
     

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