The Chosen Haram

What a genius way to tell this story!

The Chosen Haram

The Chosen Haram is the love story of a gay Muslim man struggling with his faith and his sexuality. Performed on Chinese poles, The Chosen Haram transports you into the whirlwind that is their romance in this incredibly beautiful and moving display.

There is no dialogue in the show, except for a few grunts here and there, but it really doesn’t need it. The two characters are so expressive with their bodies, facial expressions – and each other – you can hear every word they are saying.

Homosexuality in Islam is a difficult subject to approach, but this done in a way that did not desecrate the religion. It’s a human story about trying to be the best version of yourself, but can you really do that if you're suppressing a huge part of who you are.

The Chosen Haram is so aptly named because our protagonist couldn’t fight it anymore so he chose to embrace who he really is. 

The way the two actors performed together was magical. The trust and precision needed to perform some of that choreography was truly appreciated by the audience and it elevated it one step further.

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. 

The Chosen Haram plays daily in Summerhall’s Main Hall at 21:00. 


For tickets and more information, visit edfringe.com 

Header Image Credit: Glen McCarty

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Saskia Calliste

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Saskia is the Assistant Editor of Voice and has worked on campaigns such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, and Anti-Bullying Week. Outside of Voice, Saskia is a published author (Hairvolution) and has guest featured in various other publications (The Women Writers’ Handbook/ Cosmopolitan). She has a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism and an MA in Publishing. She is a mentor for Women of the World Global, has guest lectured at the University of Roehampton and has led seminars on Race, Equality and Diversity. She is 26-years-old, based in London, and loves to cook and explore new places in her spare time.

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