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English Touring Theatre and Papatango Theatre presents

The Funeral Director + Q&A

“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 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 the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize from 1,384 entries, The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st century Britain.

★★★★ “Makes a humane point without lapsing into preachiness… Examines Islamic attitudes to same-sex relationships with grace and dignity.” – The Guardian

“Sensitive and nuanced.”The Stage

★★★★★ “A triumphant piece of theatre…mesmerising.” Ravi Ghosh, Spy in the Stalls

★★★★★ “Pitch perfect.” Shaun Dicks, Rewrite This Story

★★★★ “Papatango have dug up a real gem from a very promising writer.” Alex Benjamin, London Box Office

★★★★ “A writer to watch, Qureshi has written a brilliant piece.” Niall Hunt, Theatre Full Stop

★★★★ “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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Event details

After the performance on Wed 27 Mar there will a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team.