The Funeral Director at HOME

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
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The Funeral Director at HOME Manchester, Manchester 27 — 30 March 2019 Tickets from £5.00 — Book now

Written by Iman Qureshi and winner of the prestigious 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize from almost 1400 entries, The Funeral Director is a sensitive, sharp and layered exploration of sexuality and the Islamic faith. This spring The English Touring Theatre and Papatango Theatre will present this deeply perceptive work at HOME Manchester.

I just thought it would be a secret I’d have to die with. And now – I think it’ll be what kills me.

Ayesha is a director of a Muslim funeral parlour in an unnamed Midlands town – it’s her family business, she inherited it from her mother. Life as the owner of a funeral parlour isn’t always easy but together with her husband Zeyd, Ayesha runs a tight ship. She and Zeyd share everything: their marriage, their thriving business and a bright future.

One day Tom, a grief-stricken young white man turns up at their door to ask if Ayesha and Zeyd will organise the funeral of his Muslim boyfriend. Afraid of what will happen to their standing in the community, Ayesha makes a snap moral decision and turns him away.

The plot is further complicated by the fact that Ayesha and Zeyd’s marriage has begun to falter. The real reason for this becomes apparent when Janey, the woman Ayesha first fell in love with, returns to town.

Ayesha finds that she is forced to confront a secret that she has buried, even from herself, for so long. Ayesha must decide who she is – but at what cost?

Running at around 90 minutes, The Funeral Director is Qureshi’s first full-length work. Born in Pakistan and raised in Saudi Arabia, Qureshi is a member of Tamasha Playwrights and one of the Soho Six playwrights 2019.

Following the performance on Wednesday 27 March, there will be a post-show Q&A session with the cast and creative team.

The Funeral Director at HOME Manchester, Manchester 27 — 30 March 2019 Tickets from £5.00 Book now

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Where to go near The Funeral Director at HOME

Manchester
Restaurant
Indian Tiffin Room, Manchester

Indian Tiffin Room is a restaurant specialising in Indian street food, with branches in Cheadle and Manchester. This is the information for the Manchester venue.

The Ritz Manchester live music venue
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The Ritz

The Ritz was originally a dance hall, built in 1928, has hosted The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and The Smiths and is still going strong as a gig venue now.

Homeground
Manchester
Event venue
Homeground

Homeground is HOME’s brand new outdoor venue, providing an open-air space for theatre, food, film, music, comedy and more.

Manchester
Café or Coffee Shop
Burgess Cafe Bar
at IABF

Small but perfectly-formed café – which also serves as the in-house bookstore, stocking all manner of Burgess-related works, along with recordings of his music. It’s a welcoming space, with huge glass windows making for a bright, welcoming atmosphere.

Rain Bar pub in Manchester
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Rain Bar

This huge three-floor pub, formerly a Victorian warehouse, then an umbrella factory (hence the name), has one of the city centre’s largest beer gardens. The two-tier terrace overlooks the Rochdale canal and what used to be the back of the Hacienda, providing an unusual, historic view of the city.

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The Briton’s Protection

Standing on the corner of a junction opposite The Bridgewater Hall, The Briton’s Protection is Manchester’s oldest pub. It has occupied the same spot since 1795, going under the equally patriotic name The Ancient Britain.

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