THE THELMAS AND OVALHOUSE PRESENT:

Coconut

A play by Guleraana Mir. Directed by Madelaine Moore.

11-28th April, Ovalhouse, London.

Meet Rumi, a British Pakistani woman who’s referred to as a ‘Coconut’ (brown on the outside, white on the inside).

Born and brought up as a Muslim, Rumi spends more time enjoying fine wine and bacon than being at the mosque.  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.

Opportunity:

There are two confirmed post-show discussions which we have exclusive access to and a complimentary ticket to watch the play! The first discussion is on feminism representation on stage (Saturday 14 April), led by Bechdel Theatre and the other; 50 Shades of Representation (Saturday 21 April) questions our use of the word diversity.

We have a free ticket available for a blogger to attend one of the discussions and the show. If you are offered a place, you will be expected to share your experience with us after in the form of a post for the PG Community Blog.

To secure a place:

Email pgcommunity@arts.ac.uk with answers to the following questions by 5pm Monday 9 April:

  • Your name, course and college
  • How this opportunity will benefit you
  • Which discussion you are interested in attending

Please note that while the play itself is largely comic and fairly irreverent in tone, it does touch on areas around emotional coercion, religious based violence/coercion/grooming and abusive relationships – it’s not overt but that is kind of what is interesting about it – the grey areas. It is recommended for ages 14+.