MANIPULATE: The Chosen Haram

Fri 28 Jan 2022


Running time (approx.): 1 hour

Age: 18+

The Studio

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Manipulate Festival 2022

Seating for this performance will be socially distanced 1m apart.

The Chosen Haram

Sadiq Ali

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 fulfilment.

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.

Content warning: Includes scenes of a sexual nature and drug use and images that people may find upsetting. Contains strobe and flashing lights.

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


A cross-cultural romance that takes in the literal highs and lows, difference and gravity-defying synchronicity

The Stage

Performed on two Chinese poles, The Chosen Haram is an intimate and honest portrayal of a love between two men from different worlds



Lead Artist/Performer: Sadiq Ali 
Co-Creator/Performer: Hauk Pattison 
Assistant Producer/Stage Manager: Vee Smith 
Choreography: Charlotte Mooney 
Circus consultant: Conor Neall 
Dramaturgy: Rishi Trikha 
Costume: Cleo McCabe 
Sound Design: Guy Veale, Kester Hynds 
Mentor: Al Seed 
Producer: Flora Herberich

  • This Production contains the use of Strobe Lighting
  • Level access is available to the venue.
  • Hearing loop installed.  

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