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Sadiq Ali

Jacksons Lane

London Premiere
Fri 4 - Sun 6 Feb
Fri & Sat 7.30pm, Sun 3pm

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Runs: 60 mins/no interval
Age Guidance: 14+
£18/£16 + booking fees. No fee for in person at the box office
Tel: 020 8340 5226
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After-show discussion:
Sun 6 Feb (BSL interpreted)
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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.

Lead Artist/Performer Sadiq Ali was born and raised in Edinburgh. Trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts, he has performed with Ockham’s Razor as well as developing his own work. Actor/circus artist Hauk Pattison has appeared in productions at the National Theatre and RSC, and in films including Notes on a Scandal.

The Chosen Haram has been developed with residencies in Scotland and with the support of Jacksons Lane in London.

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

Read The Corrblimey 4 Star Review "This revelation in Queer-Storytelling lifts the narrative into circus feats... the athletic feats and capabilities are extraordinary" >

Read The Guardian 4 Star Review of The Chosen Haram and the Manipulate Festival "Elevates a routine boy-meets-boy love story into something dream-like thanks to the circus skills of a weightless Sadiq Ali and Hauk Pattison" >

Download the freesheet programme here >
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“One of the Top 5 circus shows of 2019… 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”


Sadiq Ali

Lead Artist/Performer: Sadiq Ali
Co-Creator/Performer: Hauk Pattison
Stage Manager/Assistant Producer: Vee Smith
Choreography: Charlotte Mooney
Circus and movement consultant: Conor Neall
Dramaturgy: Rishi Trikha
Lighting Design: Jamie Heseltine
Sound Design: Guy Veale, Kester Hynds
Costume: Cleo McCabe
Mentor: Al Seed
Producer: Flora Herberich
Developed with support from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Assembly Roxy Lab and Dancebase residencies.