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The Burial - The Albany

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE BURIAL, from Olivier Award-winning Bola Agbaje, receives its world premiere at The Albany, Deptford, where it runs from Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 11, 2013 (not May 5 and 6).

Described as a lively new satire, The Burial explores how the conflicting traditions and religious tensions of one family reveal an unlikely respect for their Nigerian and British-Nigerian cultures.

Funmi has it all: a career, doting husband and a comfortable life in London… until the day her father dies and his two Nigerian wives arrive in a flurry of designer shoes and polished fingernails to clash over his burial arrangements.

Born a Muslim, married a Christian and with new-found Buddhist beliefs, Funmi is forced to confront the past and her own faith to end the war over her father’s body.

Franko Figueiredo directs a cast that includes Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Karlina Grace, Pamela Okoroafor and Tunji Lucas.

Bola Agbaje won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in affiliated theatre for her first play Gone Too Far, received an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2008 and has seen her other plays, including Belong and Off the Endz, performed in major theatres across London. The playwright-turned-filmmaker has adapted the screenplay from her first play, Gone Too Far, with a release planned for autumn 2013.

The Burial has been commissioned and presented by StoneCrabs Theatre Company in association with the Albany.

Tickets: £8 – £14.

Time: 7.30pm.

Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval).