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. The Funeral Director won Papatango’s 10th annual New Writing Prize from a recordbreaking 1384 entries.
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.