Gandhi and Coconuts

by Bettina Gracias

November 2010 - February 2011

Arcola Theatre | UK Tour to Plymouth Drum, Leicester Curve & The Public, West Bromwich

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 to 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?

Writer Bettina Gracias

Bettina has had 11 radio plays produced for BBC Radio 4, two theatre plays, Singh Tangos and Gandhi & Coconuts produced by Kali Theatre, an operatic monologue It’s Ten pm and They’re Late produced by Tete a Tete at Riverside Studios and a one-off TV drama, The Wedding Party by BBC Choice. Her stage play Other was […]

About the writer
About the play

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


Arcola Theatre London

24 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3DL

Arcola Theatre  November/December 2010


Plymouth Drum, Leicester Curve & The Public, West Bromwich, January 2011




Cast | Creatives | Crew

Cast and Crew

Sophiya Haque, Nimmi Harasgama, Rez Kempton, Robert Mountford, Gary Pillai.
Janet Steel
Alice Hoult
Chris Corner
James Hesford
Stage Manager
Jessika Thanki
Tanika Gupta
Production Manager
Ceili Freeman
Production Assistant
Naomi Hodgson
Juliet Rees
Martin Field
Robert Workman
Graphic Designer
Luke Wakeman

Intrepid plays
by fearless women
since 1991


Kali Newsletter

Send us your email address and we will send you our regular newsletters to tell you what we and our friends are up to. We won’t pass your email on to anyone else.