Funeral Flowers: Performance 1 | Free Word

8 May 2019
19:00 21:00-

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This play is presented by Harts Theatre Company and Power Play


A play by Emma Dennis-Edwards

Seventeen-year-old Angelique dreams of being a florist as a refuge from a complicated upbringing. Peppered with stunning poetic prose, this Fringe First award-winning immersive piece recounts the powerful journey of a young woman left to navigate her way into adulthood through the care system and the recurring threat from her boyfriend’s gang.

Funeral Flowers is presented by Harts Theatre Company and Power Play, a project highlighting systemic gender inequality in theatre through immersive art and data-driven activism. Emma Dennis-Edwards is Associate Artist at Pentabus theatre. Her work has been performed at The Tricycle, Arcola, Royal Court and Oval House.



Following Funeral Flowers, attendees were invited to an interactive floristry masterclass, led by the social enterprise Bread & Roses, which helps refugee and migrant women on their pathway to employment.



Graphic Design: Denny Kaulbach

Front image of Emma: The Bunker/Timothy Kelly Photography

8 May 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£10 / £7 / £2

This play is presented by Harts Theatre Company and Power Play


Emma Dennis-Edwards

Writer, Actor, Theatre-maker

Emma Dennis-Edwards has been part of a number of prestigious writing programmes with theatres such as Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. She is currently Associate Artist at Pentabus Theatre. Her work has been performed at The Tricycle, Arcola, Royal Court and Oval House among many others. As an actor she has worked at theatres including The Traverse, The Cockpit and The Finborough. Emma won a Filipa Bragança Award and a Fringe First Award for ‘Funeral Flowers’.

Rachel Nwokoro


Rachel is an actor, director, spoken word poet and multidisciplinary Storyteller, dedicated to diversifying the representation of unheard voices and stories in the performance industry. She is driven by community outreach and participation, social activism and positive change through the arts, and advocates for Mental Health Awareness. She has been a member of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective 2016, and Roundhouse Performing Arts Resident Artist.

Sophia Compton

Associate Director

Sophia writes, directs, produces and curates. She is Artistic Director of activist theatre company, Power Play C.I.C. She recently directed and co-wrote the Mary Mary Quite Contrary at The Cockpit. She co-founded mental health initiative Brainstorm to investigate masculinity and mental health, with recent events at the V&A and Copeland Galleries. She has written and edited for i-D, Arteviste, Hero, SAVAGE Journal and other publications.

Minglu Wang


Minglu is a scenographer who explores body, space and performance in a bold, ritual way. She was a finalist for the Linbury Prize, has been the winner of British Council Ukraine project and a selected designer at World Stage Design. She studied at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.