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Barber Shop Chronicles

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Written by
Inua Ellams
Directed by
Bijan Sheibani
Age recommendation
12+
Running time
1 hour 45 minutes, no interval.
Dates
26 Sep - 8 Dec 2019
Artist/Company
Inua Ellams

A Fuel, National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse co-production.

Currently touring the UK tour. More dates to be announced soon!

For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops. Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes they listen, more often than not they talk. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, preacher-pulpits and football pitches… places to go for unofficial advice, and to keep in touch with the world.

Fuel has produced Inua Ellams’ work for theatre since his debut play nine years ago. Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play, set in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London. The play invites the audience into a uniquely masculine environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling.

The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures, they are the glue that keeps men together.

Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre. Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre Studio, Leeds Playhouse, The Binks Trust,  British Council ZA, Oran Mor and A Play, a Pie and a Pint.

To read about the first iteration of this project, see Inua Ellams’ Fast Cuts and Snapshots

CREATIVES

Inua Ellams – Writer

Bijan Sheibani – Director

Rae Smith – Designer

Jack Knowles – Lighting Designer

Aline David – Movement Director

Gareth Fry – Sound Designer

Michael Henry – Musical Director

Lekan Lawal/Stella Odunlami – Associate Directors

Kwami Odoom – Assistant Choreographer

Louis Hammond CDG – Casting Director

Catherine Morgan – Associate Designer

Lydia Crimp – Costume Supervisor

Andrew Whiteoak – WHAM Supervisor

Kev McCurdy – Fight Director

Peter Atakpo – Barber Consultant

Charmian Hoare – Company Voice Work

Hazel Holder – Dialect Coach

CAST

Micah Balfour – Winston/Shoni

Okorie Chukwu – Elnathan/Benjamin/Dwain

Maynard Eziashi – Musa/Andile/Mensah

Adé Dee Haastrup – Wole/Kwabena/Simon

Emmanuel Ighodaro – Tokunbo/Paul/Simphiwe

Demmy Ladipo – Wallace/Timothy/Mohammed/Tinashe

Mohammed Mansaray – Samuel

Tom Moutchi – Kwame/Fabrice/Brian/Olawale

Anthony Ofoegbu – Emmanuel

Elmi Rashid Elmi – Ethan

Eric Shango – Tanaka/Fiifi

David Webber – Abram/Ohene/Sizwe

 

"★★★★★ - Such an ambitious piece and so life-affirmingly realised. "

The Independent

"Exuberant, Invigorating... and richly enjoyable drama."

The Guardian

"Rich and exhilarating... The tone of the play shifts fluidly from comedy to poignancy to rage."

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Select a performance

Wednesday 20th Nov
- Saturday 23rd Nov
Leeds Playhouse
Tuesday 3rd Dec
- Sunday 8th Dec
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

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