The Chosen Haram
By Sadiq Ali
The Chosen Haram tells the story of two gay men, their chance meeting through a dating app, the highs and lows of their relationship and the barriers they must overcome, both social and cultural, in seeking happiness and personal fulfillment
A heady mix of love, drugs and Islam this unique and complex take on circus, performed on two Chinese Poles, is emotionally candid and heart-warming with moments of humour and joy. The story unfolds with gravity-defying tricks and extraordinary movement. The show deals with themes around sexuality, chemsex, faith, addiction and connection-an exploration into the personal struggles faced by many people whose upbringing contradicts their personal truths, and how this can lead to self-destructive behaviour. It is based on a combination of Ali’s’s personal experience, as well as interviews with members of the LGBTQ+ community who identify as (ex) Muslim.