Fast Cuts and Snapshots

  • Project: Fast Cuts and Snapshots
  • Artist/Company: Inua Ellams

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 is a state-of-the-nation stack-of-polaroids offering glimpses at the inner most sentiments of black men; about country, people, football and politics in modern-day Britain.


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.

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