Photo by Keith Costelo
Two women meet in the afterlife.

After experiencing grave punishment, Asmara wants nothing more than to purify herself
and transform into a Houri - a Virgin of Paradise. Safia agrees to help...

Premiering this July at La Mama Courthouse, Make Me A Houri is a controversial and compelling story of two women seeking to defy the external forces governing their bodies. In a place where religion, liberation, and free will collide is paradise attainable?

A personal, creative response to the symbol of Houris that’s been derived from  interpretations of sacred text, Make Me A Houri is an exploration of faith and feminism by Malaysia-born playwright Emina Ashman.

A culmination of four years of creative development and with dramaturgical feedback from female artists and friends from diverse cultural backgrounds spanning Australia, South-East
Asia, the Middle East and France, Make Me A Houri blends poetry, stylised physicality and unusual anecdotes to explore the relationship between the realms of the mystical and the
material. It promises to be a powerful debut season for Ashman, as both writer and performer of her own work.

Based in Melbourne, Ashman is an actor, theatre-maker and writer from Malaysia. She holds an Honours in Independent Theatre Practice and a Bachelors in Acting and Performance Making from the Victorian College of the Arts. Most recently seen in Melbourne Theatre Company's season of Hungry Ghosts (2018), last year she also presented her solo-devised performance poetry piece, Stardust, in Kuala Lumpur at Kill the Radio’s launch of their art exhibition In Defence of Poetry.

Written by Emina Ashman
Directed by Stephanie Ghajar
Performed by Emina Ashman and Nisha Joseph
Set and Costume design by Lara Week
Lighting Design by Shane Grant
Sound Design by Sidney Millar

DATE: 25 July - 4 August, 2019
TIME: Wed and Fri at 8.30pm, Thurs, Sat & Sun at 6.30pm
VENUE: La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond Street, Carlton
TICKETS: $30 Adult | $20 Concession

BOOKINGS: 03 9347 6948 or 

Q & A After Show on Wed 31 July

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