The Chosen Haram presented by Sadiq Ali

The Chosen Haram presented by Sadiq Ali

M Crawford

Performed on two Chinese poles this emotionally candid yet heartwarming story unfolds with gravity-defying tricks and extraordinary movement.

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.

Duration: 65 mins
Age Recommendation: 16+
Includes scenes of a sexual nature, drug use and images that some people may find upsetting. Contains strobe and flashing lights.

Lead Artist/Performer: Sadiq Ali
Co-devised and performed by: Hauk Pattison
Circus Movement Consultant: Conor Neall
Dramaturge: Rishi Trikha
Lighting Designer: Jamie Heseltine
Sound Design: Guy Veale, Kester Hynds
Rehearsal Support: Ockham’s Razor
Costume: Cleo McCabe
Mentor: Al Seed
Producer: Flora Herberich
Assistant Producer: Vee Smith
The Chosen Haram has been created with funding from Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. Residencies with Assembly Roxy Lab, Summerhall, Dancebase and Jacksons Lane.
Additional support by: London Metropolitan University; Ockham’s Razor; Journeys in Design and Certain Blacks.

Sadiq Ali is a mixed heritage, queer, circus artist and performance maker who graduated from London’s National Centre for Circus Arts. He has created and worked with contemporary circus companies like Ockhams Razor and Upswing Circus and has been devising his own full length works, the first of which has premiered recently to critical acclaim. Sadiq also regularly performs on the international Cabaret, Variety and Burlesque circuits where he combines a joyous love for comedy, body expression and representation.

The Chosen Haram, Sadiq’s debut work, is a show which has enabled them to explore their experience of sexuality and faith and apply that to a contemporary circus art form. This means that Sadiq has been able to successfully create a queer, intersectional narrative within a field that seldom see’s such stories on stage. His show takes a focus on the impacts of gay shame, drugs, chemsex, faith and addiction and how these can become barriers in our desire to find sexual freedom, define our identities and ultimately find love. In its first performances Sadiq’s work has been reviewed with 4 stars by The Guardian, The Stage and The Scotsman.

Sadiq has also worked as an avid HIV campaigner on a number of campaigns with organisations like the Terrance Higgins Trust and GMFA after being diagnosed with HIV when he was 24. Quickly realising that the training and performance world he was becoming a part of was a tool he could use to de-stigmatise issues around HIV and HIV prevention (PrEP) Sadiq used his body, voice and expression and because of this has represented the UK in Malta at Mr Gay World.