The Chosen Haram

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (circus, lgbt)

  • Summerhall - Main Hall
  • 21:00
  • Aug 18-20, 23-27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Sadiq Ali
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strobe lighting
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

An award-winning queer circus show from an Edinburgh-born artist. The Chosen Haram tells the story of two gay men and the barriers they must overcome. Expect a heady mix of love, drugs and Islam in this unique and complex take on circus. Performed on two Chinese poles this show is emotionally candid with moments of humour and joy. There is no traditional dialogue here – It does not need it. 'Elevates a boy-meets-boy love story into something dream-like' **** (Guardian). 'Beautiful story, beautifully told' **** (Stage). 'Brave, thrilling and poignant' **** (Scotsman). MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Once in to the courtyard, follow the signs up the access ramp, around the front of the bar and into the main reception. Down the corridor on your right hand side is the lift on your right hand side. Take this to the first floor, then take a left through the double doors. The Main Hall is on your right.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info


How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Albert Lin 20 days ago

Tear-faced emojis. A beautiful, moving heartfelt exploration of fear, discovery, joy, and diction. A literal narrative and acrobatics of rising and falling on the Muslim gay experience. Some of the most creative use of poles to tell emotional stories. Beautiful even at its most painful, we were moved to tears. 5/5

James Burrell 32 days ago

Just wonderful--funny, sexy, meaningful...

Maya 32 days ago

Utterly breathtaking!

This spectacular, two person show brings circus, acrobatics, queer love, and raw emotion together in what was, hands down, the very best Fringe show I've ever seen (I live here in Edinburgh, and have been coming every year for the past 20 years, so I've seen a lot of shows).

I felt emotionally raw at the end of it (in a good way), and highly recommend going to see it if you can.

A gripping, unconventional gay love story where a practising Muslim and a white gay party boy face the barriers of getting together, to explore love and sex the way they choose to, using a hugely original, stylish and affecting blend of circus, dance, music, comedy and storytelling without spoken words. Superbly creative ! 35 days ago

A gripping, unconventional gay love story where a practising Muslim and a white gay party boy face the barriers of getting together, to explore love and sex the way they choose to, using a hugely original, stylish and affecting blend of circus, dance, music, comedy and storytelling without spoken words. Superbly creative !

Ray 35 days ago

This show blew my mind. I’ve never seen circus like this before. The story is so engaging you forget they are doing acrobatics and instead feel the performers magically defying gravity. This show took my breath away. See it!

Gianluca 36 days ago

A show where circus is not the purpose but it’s the instrument! Must see!

Rowan Thomas 36 days ago

Excellent, a great 2 man, queer circus, emotional, raw show. Note however, there are serious, serious CN for drug abuse.

GEORGIA LYMAN 45 days ago

Do not miss this show. These artists are phenomenally skilled and their work is so subtle, so profound and so jaw dropping all at once. Go go go.

Emily Ingram 47 days ago

This is quite possibly one of my favourite things that I’ve seen at the Fringe, ever, and absolutely one of the most beautiful, moving circus pieces I’ve seen. It’s extraordinary. Go and see it.

Graeme 50 days ago

Firstly, the Chinese pole circus skills in this show are hands down phenomenal. World class acrobatics and athleticism.

Secondly this is a heart wrenching, beautiful narrative which is utterly compelling.

Pretty much exactly the sort of show the Fringe is designed for!


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The Queer Review (5/5 stars) 34 days ago

A meaningful work, The Chosen Haram will leave you thinking about it for a long time afterwards.

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Fringe Review 35 days ago

Outstanding Show

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

Sadiq Ali brings humour, sensuality, and skill to this tale of boy meets boy

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The Recs (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

The Chosen Harem is our chosen one for physical theatre this fringe

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Fest (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

An astonishing fusion of circus and storytelling

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

You don’t have to be a gay, Muslim man to relate to The Chosen Haram. We all have something about ourselves that causes us internal conflict and this performance gives you the space to explore that and feel your way through it.

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