The Chosen Haram deals with themes around sexuality, faith, addiction and connection. It tells the story of two queer men and their chance meeting through a dating app, portraying the highs and lows of their relationship and the barriers they face, both social and cultural, in seeking happiness and personal fulfillment.
Performed on two Chinese poles this emotionally candid yet heartwarming story unfolds with gravity defying tricks and extraordinary movement.
“One of the Top 5 circus shows of 2019… a cross-cultural romance that takes in the literal highs and lows, difference and gravity-defying synchronicity” The Stage
Co-creator and performer Sadiq Ali was born and raised in Edinburgh. Trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts, he has performed with Ockham’s Razor as well as developing his own work. Actor and circus artist Hauk Pattison has appeared in productions at the National Theatre and RSC, and in films including Notes on a Scandal.
“Performed on two Chinese poles, The Chosen Haram is an intimate and honest portrayal of a love between two men from different worlds” WhatsOnStage
The Chosen Haram has been developed with residencies in Scotland and with the support of Jacksons Lane.
Part of London International Mime Festival. Click here to see the full programme at Jacksons Lane
After-show discussion: Sun 3 Feb (BSL interpreted)
Content warning: May include scenes of a sexual nature and drug use and images that people may find upsetting. May contain strobe or flashing lights
Suitable for ages 14+
- Lead Artist/Performer: Sadiq Ali
- Co-Creator/Performer: Hauk Pattison
- Stage Manager/Assistant Producer: Vee Smith
- Choreography: Charlotte Mooney
- Chinese Pole Consultant: Conor Neall
- Dramaturgy: Rishi Trikha
- Lighting Design: Jamie Heseltine
- Sound Design: Guy Veale
- Costume: Cleo McCabe
- Mentor: Al Seed
- Producer: Flora Herberich
Developed with support from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland; Assembly Roxy Lab and Dancebase residencies