Rehearsal images have been released for Rachel Nwokoro’s production, playing at the Bunker Theatre from the 15th April.
Having won the Filipa Bragança Award for an outstanding solo theatre performance by an actress for her Fringe First award-winning run of this production, Emma Dennis-Edwards brings the show to London’s Bunker Theatre for a limited run from the 15th April.
Funeral Flowers takes audiences on an immersive journey into the world of seventeen-year-old Angelique, who dreams of being a florist. Left alone to navigate the care system, adulthood, and the recurring threat of her boyfriend’s gang, Angelique takes us by the hand and leads us through her story, through spaces filled with flowers.
Through spoken word and floristry demonstration, Funeral Flowers switches between six characters to highlight the reality of many vulnerable young women, and young black women in particular, who are left to grow up in the British care system.
Written and performed by Emma Dennis-Edwards, Funeral Flowers was inspired by Tottenham Community leader and businesswoman, Gina Moffatt, who shared her story of creating her own floristry business whilst incarcerated at HMP Holloway.
Talking about the play Emma Dennis-Edwards said: “I originally wrote Funeral Flowers specifically for audiences in Tottenham and I am proud that, since its run in Edinburgh, the story of Angelique has resonated with audiences – I cannot wait to bring the show back to London. It is truly a privilege to bring Funeral Flowers to The Bunker and to continue to work with their Artistic Director, Chris Sonnex, who put me and Gina together whilst he was working as an Artistic Associate at the Royal Court Theatre. Working with Chris on his first (female-led) season feels truly incredible and like coming home; I feel certain that Funeral Flowers won’t be mine and Chris’ last collaboration together.”
To coincide with its run at The Bunker, there will also be two post-show community conversations on Tuesday 23rd April and Thursday 2nd May.
The production is directed by Rachel Nwokoro and features set design by Minglu Wang and lighting design by James Dawson.
Funeral Flowers will play at the Bunker Theatre from the 15th April until the 4th May.