The Funeral Director
by Iman Qureshi
“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.
Chosen from 1,384 entries to the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize, The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st-century Britain.
Recent Papatango Prize-winners at Southwark Playhouse include Trestle (2017) and Orca (2016):
★★★★ “A stealthy little heartbreaker.” The Times on Trestle
★★★★ “Brimming with quiet insight and sympathetic humour.” The Independent on Trestle
★★★★ “Makes a big impression.” Evening Standard on Trestle
★★★★ “A tender, lovely piece of theatre.” Time Out on Trestle
★★★★ “Funny, adorable, elegiac.” The Stage on Trestle
★★★★ “The Papatango New Writing Prize has a happy knack of discovering distinctive voices.” The Guardian on Orca
★★★★ “Seduces us with myth and theatrical magic.” Time Out on Orca