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Writer Iman Qureshi explores sexuality and gender in her new play

IDENTITY ISSUES: Aryana Ramkhalawon as Ayesha in The Funeral Director (Pic by: The Other Richard)

By: Lauren Codling

BY LAUREN CODLING A “heartfelt” play exploring a gay Muslim woman coming to terms with her identity premiered in south London earlier this month. The Funeral Director is centred around Ayesha, a director at a Muslim funeral parlor. When she is visited by Tom, who is looking to organise his Muslim boyfriend’s funeral, Ayesha is faced with dilemmas relating to her faith, community and sexuality. Described as an “incisive and heartfelt story of sexuality, gender and religion in 21st century Britain,” the story was the winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize in July. Although the play mainly explores homosexuality in…

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