Manipulate Festival: The Chosen Haram

It’s Ahmad and Steve, not Adam and Eve! This circus piece explores themes of faith, sexuality, addiction and human connection.

Manipulate Festival: The Chosen Haram

About Manipulate Festival: The Chosen Haram

It’s Ahmad and Steve, not Adam and Eve! This circus piece explores themes of faith, sexuality, addiction and human connection. Blending Chinese pole with visual and physical theatre, it tells the story of two queer men, their chance meeting through a dating app and the social and personal barriers they desire to overcome in seeking happiness and fulfillment.

Something that is “Haram” is forbidden by Islam.

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.

Born and raised in Edinburgh, lead artist and performer Sadiq Ali trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts and has performed internationally with Ockham’s Razor.

The Chosen Haram is his first full-length show.

Actor/circus artist Hauk Pattison has appeared in productions at the National Theatre and RSC, and in films including Notes on a Scandal.

The Chosen Haram has been supported by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Dancebase, Assembly Roxy Lab, Summerhall, Jacksons Lane and Journeys in Design.

Age 16+

Image credit: Glen McCarty

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