Originally presented live at La Mama in our 2019 Winter and Spring season Make me a Houri is back but this time we are bringing it to you online!  Filmed by Benjamin Laut.

A woman desires to purify herself to become a virgin of paradise.

Two women have passed on. After experiencing grave punishment, Asmara desires to transform into a Houri, a virgin of paradise. Safia, who had never married, assists her with this endeavour.

Make Me A Houri is a story of two women seeking to defy the external forces governing their bodies. It blends poetry, stylised physicality and unusual anecdotes to explore the relationship between the realms of the sensual and the spiritual, the mystical and the material.

Make Me A Houri remains an intricate, humorous, political and passionately soulful two hander – an odyssey that begins in conflicted limbo, then plies a sea of spiritual and erotic yearning to glimpse an ecstatic horizon, reconciling all the tensions and contradictions it explores in a moment of modern mysticism. Cameron Woodhead, The Age

Orginal credits include:

Written by Emina Ashman

Directed by Stephanie Ghajar

Set and Costume Design by Lara Week

Lighting Design by Shane Grant

Stage Management by Jordan Carter

Sound Design by Sidney Millar

Performed by Emina Ashman Nisha Joseph

Publicity by Eleanor Howlett (Sassy Red PR)

Photographed by Keith Costelo