Culture clash in comic fashion in Coconut

Kuran Dohil stars as Rumi in Coconut at Lincoln Drill Hall next month
Kuran Dohil stars as Rumi in Coconut at Lincoln Drill Hall next month

From Camden Fringe to a national tour, Guleraana Mir’s Coconut comes to Lincoln next month.

Based on Mir’s real experience of interracial and intercultural relationships, Coconut challenges dated Asian female stereotypes with an honest portrait of the contemporary British Asian experience.

With its unremitting humour, Mir explores the impact of religion and faith – and the lack of it – in modern romance.

As her faith wanes, Rumi enjoys a glass of wine and a bacon sandwich more than a trip to the mosque.

A British Pakistani woman, born and raised a Muslim, she may have hit the jackpot with Simon who is willing to convert to Islam to keep her family happy.

But, as Simon begins to explore his faith, Rumi’s world begins to spin off its axis.

Although irreverent in tone, this dark comedy tackles grey areas of emotional and religious coercion.

Coconut refers to the controversial term used to describe someone who is brown on the outside and white on the inside and this production does not shy away from interrogating the contemporary British Asian experience.

Mir said: “Coconut is a story I don’t see being told, it is genuinely representative of the realities of living in a multicultural society; relatable, regardless of what culture you’re from.

“It was very important to me, when creating the characters of Rumi and Simon, that they were honest, both to themselves and each other.

“Sometimes that honesty is hilariously funny, and other times it is painfully uncomfortable.

“But at the heart of the play is a woman trying to stay truthful to herself, in a way that we wouldn’t really expect from an Asian stereotype, which is why audiences have loved her.”

Coconut stars Kuran Dohil, in debut professional performace, as Rumi, alongside Jimmy Carter as Simon and Tibu Fortes, familiar from BBC3’s People Just do Nothing, as Riz and the Imam.

Coconut is at Lincoln Drill Hall on June 27 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £14 and £8 on 01522 873894 on https://bit.ly/2FHf3HH