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The Funeral Director

By Iman Qureshi

‘“Sensitive and nuanced.”’ The Stage
‘"Hannah Hauer-King’s production is as swift and clean as the writing and the performances are all good"’ The Guardian

The world premiere of the winner of the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize

“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. 

An English Touring Theatre and Papatango Theatre co-production.


Traverse Theatre

5 - 9 Mar 2018

Nottingham Playhouse

14 - 16 Mar 2018

North Wall

21 Mar 2018

HOME, Manchester

27 - 30 Mar 2018


Creative Team

Written by

Iman Qureshi


Hannah Hauer-King


Amy Jane Cook

Lighting Designer

Jack Weir

Sound Designer



Aryana Ramkhalawon


Edward Stone


Assad Zaman


Francesca Zoutewelle