Gandhi and Coconuts


Extract and interviews with cast at Leicester Curve
From Pukaar News
Extracts filmd at Arcola Theatre by Paul Trenholme

Photos Robert Workman

Gandhi and Coconuts
by Bettina Gracias

Why stick to reality when your imagination is much more fun?

Asha and Ajay lead a predictable married life. Every day Ajay goes to work, comes home, eats his dinner of curry (always with coconut), watches telly and goes to bed. Lonely and frustrated, Asha escapes to the India of her imagination. Suddenly Mahatma Gandhi, and the Hindu Gods Shiva, and Kali arrive for tea and jelabies. When they refuse to leave farce breaks out with hilarious consequences. Ajay tries to cling onto the wife he once had instead of the new woman she has become. But Asha has discovered happiness…

This witty, playful and poignant play asks if it is better to be sane or happy?

'This show will have you in absolute stitches one minute, then shedding a tear for the underlying tragedy the next… This show is an absolute must see.'

'This is not only clever but entertaining theatre… its themes reach all women, no matter their culture or colour'    

'This show is a must for anyone who loves a bit of insanity and creativity'

Opened at Arcola Theatre in November 2010
Toured to Leicester, Plymouth and West Bromwich in February 2011

Directed by Janet Steel   
Designed by Alice Hoult
Music by James Hesford
Cast: Sophiya Haque, Nimmi Harasgama, Rez Kempton, Robert Mountford and Gary Pillai.