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Fast Cuts and Snapshot

Commissioned by
Oran Mor
Written by
Inua Ellams
2 Jun - 7 Jun 2014

Project History

Fuel in partnership with Oran Mor as part of A Play, A Pie and A Pint and the National Theatre of Scotland present Inua Ellams’ Fast Cuts and Snapshots

Winston, Emmanuel, and Samuel work in a barber shop in London. Samuel and Emmanuel have a long-lasting grievance relating to Samuel’s father – why was he sent to prison and who was to blame?  Winston muses on the differences between Africans and Carribeans in the diaspora as a host of characters from all walks of life pass through their shop sharing stories: Ethan explores what it means to be a strong black man in the west; Muhammed boasts of his interracial-dating exploits and old Sizwe recounts his first use of electric razors in Zimbabwe.

Following Black T-shirt Collection and the award-winning The 14th Tale, Inua Ellams Fast Cuts and Snapshots was a state-of-the-nation stack-of-polaroids offering glimpses at the innermost sentiments of black men; about country, people, football, and politics in modern-day Britain.


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Funded by Arts Council England. Commissioned by Oran Mor. This project was developed with the support of National Theatre Studio, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Binks Trust, and British Council ZA.