The Chosen Harem

Thu 3 March

The Chosen Haram

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Something that is “Haram” is forbidden by Islam.

The Chosen Haram explores themes of faith, sexuality, addiction and human connection. Blending exquisite Chinese pole skills with visual and physical theatre and a pumping soundtrack, it tells the story of two queer men, their chance meeting through a dating app and the social, cultural and personal barriers they desire to overcome (in seeking happiness and fulfilment).

The show is based on a combination of the lead artist’s personal experience as well as interviews with members of the LGBTQ+ community who identify as (ex) Muslim. It aims to highlight the personal struggles faced by people whose upbringing contradicts their personal truths and how this can lead to self-destructive behaviours. It aims to foster understanding of the issues faced by LGBTQ+ (ex) Muslims as well as celebrate their resilience.

Lead artist Sadiq Ali is originally from Edinburgh and trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London; this is his first full-length piece.


‘The Chosen Haram is a brave, thrilling and poignant one-hour show, using dance and impressive pole-based circus skills to explore the tensions and yearnings surrounding a young Muslim man torn between his faith and his gay sexuality.’

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The Scotsman

‘Ali’s first full-length show has visual flair to match its technical prowess’

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The Guardian

‘It’s a beautiful story, beautifully told.’

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