by Guleraana Mir
'Ever feel like you are constantly disappointing people?’
Meet Rumi, a British Pakistani woman who’s referred to as a ‘Coconut’ (brown on the outside, white on the inside) by the rest of the community. Born and brought up as a Muslim, Rumi spends more time enjoying fine wine and bacon than at the mosque. So when she meets Simon, a white guy, she hopes that his decision to convert to Islam will be enough to keep everyone happy. However, as Simon begins to explore his faith, Rumi’s world spins off its axis in ways she could never have predicted. How far will she go to preserve her identity?
*11th-28th April Ovalhouse, London, 52-54 Kennington, Oval, London, SE11 5SW
Tel: 020 7582 7680
**16th May ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton on Tees Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL
Tel: 01642 525199
*19th May Derby Theatre, Derby, 15 Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF
https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/coconut Tel: 01332 59 39 39
24th May Oldham Coliseum, Oldham, Fairbottom Street, Oldham, OL1 3SW
http://www.coliseum.org.uk/plays/coconut/ Tel: 0161 624 2829
26th May The Curve Slough, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY
*18th June Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, St. Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ
*19th June Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton Upon Trent, Union Street, Burton Upon Trent, DE14 1EB
Tel: 01283 508100
25th June Old Fire Station, Oxford, 40 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AQ (as part of Offbeat Festival)
*27th June Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY
Tel: 01522 873894
*28th June Old Library, Mansfield, Leeming Street, Mansfield, NG18 1NG
Tel: 01623 644 377
*29th June South Holland Centre, Spalding, 23 Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1SS
http://www.southhollandcentre.co.uk/ Tel: 01775 764777
*30th June Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, University of Leicester, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1https://www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts/whatson/Theatre%20and%20Comedy/what-s-on-theatre#The Thelmas and Ovalhouse: Coconut
Tel: 0116 252 2455
* - performances will be captioned by The Difference Engine. Please enquire at the box office for more detials
** - this performance will BSL interpreted.
The Thelmas are very grateful for the support of Arts Council England, Ovahlouse Theatre, In Good Company, New Diorama Theatre's BAMER programme, Diorama Arts Studios and Park Theatre's Accelerator programme in the development of COCONUT.
COCONUT started it's life as a 15 minute one-woman short as part of Ladylogue! in 2014.
All enquiries, high res images and further information:
Chloë Abley, Chloé Nelkin Consulting