- The Independent (UK)
‘An ambitious piece and so life-affirmingly realised. Go.’
A Fuel, National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production
Newsroom, local hot spot, confessional and football stadium. For generations African men have gathered at the barber to talk shop, family, race, music and sport. Now you can take a fly-on-the-wall look at the goings on, in Inua Ellams’ latest production direct from a sell-out season at London’s National Theatre.
Take a fast-paced journey from London across Africa and be transported inside six barber shops over the course of a single day. Meet the crew and share in their stories. Whether it’s London, Jo’burg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos or Accra, the banter is barbed and the truth is right in front of the mirror.
Heart warming and hilarious, Barber Shop Chronicles explores the stuff of life with sharp insight, upbeat music and laugh-out-loud humour. You’ll be entertained. You’ll be enlightened. And you’ll feel like you’ve made some new friends.
Images: Dean Chalkley & Marc Brenner
1hr 45mins no interval
Cast & Crew
Writer Inua Ellams
Director Bijan Sheibani
Designer Rae Smith
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Movement Director Aline David
Sound Designer Gareth Fry
Music Director Michael Henry
Staff Director Stella Odunlami
Dramaturgs Sebastian Born, Tom Lyons
Post Show Conversation
Content warnings and additional credits
Coarse language, loud sounds
Written by Inua Ellams
Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre
Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Òran Mór and A Play, a Pie and a Pint
Student Tickets $16
To book School Group Tickets to Barber Shop Chronicles please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Barber Shop Chronicles provides an opportunity for students to explore inter-cultural understanding in this contemporary consideration of race, gender, family and the politics of masculinity.
How do we use story to articulate experience? Performers from UK’s acclaimed Fuel Theatre will lead students through a behind-the-scenes workshop, exploring the themes of migration, diaspora and storytelling which underpin Inua Ellam’s Barber Shop Chronicles. Find out more.
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Captioned performance Wed 14 Feb
Audio description Sat 17 Feb
Tactile tour Sat 17 Feb
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