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The Funeral Director

The Funeral Director

By Iman Qureshi
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427969, 96 pages, November 2018


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.

Iman Qureshi's play The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in twenty-first-century Britain. It won the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize and premiered at Southwark Playhouse, London, in October 2018.


"A sensitive and nuanced exploration of sexuality and the Islamic faith. .. elegantly drawn. " —The Stage

"A bit of a cracker. .. Iman Qureshi’s play tackles, with grace and dignity, the tricky subject of Islamic attitudes to same-sex relationships. It’s a play that makes a humane point without lapsing into preachiness. " —Guardian

"Very clever… plenty of moral meat to sink your teeth into. " —Time Out