Calling all Manchester theatregoers who enjoy new writing. The winner of the 2018 Papatango Playwriting competition (from over 1300 entries) is The Funeral Director, and it’s coming to Manchester this week, courtesy of English Touring Theatre.
Five star and four star reviews greeted this play when it first opened, and now Manchester theatregoers have a chance to see this accomplished new play for themselves.
Iman Qureshi’s The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st century Britain. It is well worth a visit.
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. Brilliant actress Aryana Ramkhalawon returns to play Ayesha giving a riveting and taut performance in this well-written show which tackles complex issues with care and humanity.
From 27 to 30 March, the show is at HOME Manchester at 7.45pm daily. On Wednesday 27 there is a post-show Q&A, Friday 29th the show is caption subtitled and on Saturday 30th the performance is audio described. more information and tickets here