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“The Funeral Director” Announced as Winner of 10th Annual Papatango New Writing Prize

“The Funeral Director” Announced as Winner of 10th Annual Papatango New Writing Prize
A poster of The Funeral Director
( Graphic Design by Rebecca Pitt, Photo by Michael Wharley)

Papatango recently announced “The Funeral Director” by Iman Qureshi as the winner of the 10th annual new writing prize. The Funeral Director is an incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st-century Britain.

At a ceremony held at Shoreditch Town Hall, extracts were performed from the five shortlisted plays before an industry audience. The shortlisted plays were “Legacy by Benedict Lombe,” “Lunatic 19s” by Tegan McLeod, “The Funeral Director” by Iman Qureshi, “The Gyre” by Toby King and “The Lash” by
Kenny Emson.

“This year saw a record-breaking number of submissions from across the U.K and Ireland – 1,384.This means the Prize continues to attract more annual U.K/Irish submissions than any other playwriting platform – and is unique in giving feedback to all entrants. ‘The Funeral Director,’ an exploration of a gay Muslim woman coming to terms with her identity, will make its world premiere in a four-week run at Southwark Playhouse from October 31- November 24 - with press night on November 2, publication with Nick Hern Books, 10% of the gross box office, a £6000 commission and developmental support for a
follow-up play,” says the official release.

Iman said, “When I wrote a play about a gay Muslim woman who runs a funeral home, I did worry that the theater would see it as ‘too niche’ to ever put in front of an audience. But we should never feel our stories don’t have value. Winning this prestigious national prize reaffirms the fact that even stories deeply rooted in a specific culture or community have the power to appeal to our shared humanity.”

“Papatango’s Artistic Director, George Turvey, said “Even with so many entries, many of a phenomenal standard, Iman’s voice really stood out at every stage of the judging process. It’s a great privilege for Papatango to be able to share her story with audiences later this year.”

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlor 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!

The play will be on stage from October 31, 2018 through November 24, 2018 at Southwark Playhouse.

For details, visit: www.papatango.co.uk