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Make Me a Houri


Wed 31 Jul 2019, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Thu 1 Aug 2019, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Fri 2 Aug 2019, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Sat 3 Aug 2019, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sun 4 Aug 2019, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • Concession: $20.00
  • Full: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: eleanor18

La Mama proudly presents the premiere season of Make Me A Houri.
Written by Emina Ashman
Directed by Stephanie Ghajar

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.

A story of two women seeking to defy the external forces governing their bodies, Make Me A Houri 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.

Based in Melbourne, Emina Ashman is an actor, theatre-maker and writer from Malaysia. Her creative expression contours around acting, poetry, devising and visual art. 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), Make Me A Houri heralds her debut as both writer and performer of her own work.

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

Q&A After Show on Wed 31 July
Bookings: 03 9347 6948 or online
Approximate running time: 70 minutes