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?
Coconut had it's debut at Ovalhouse Theatre in 2018 followed by a National Tour.
It was nominated for Offies for Most Promising Playwright and Best Female Performance
The Thelmas were very grateful for the support of Arts Council England, Ovahlouse Theatre, In Good Company, New Diorama Theatre, Diorama Arts Studios and Park Theatre in the development of COCONUT.
COCONUT started it's life as a 15 minute one-woman short as part of Ladylogue! in 2014.