Barber Shop Chronicles: National Theatre

18 April 17

Posted at 8:31

Barber Shop Chronicales

©Dean Chalkley / National Theatre


Barber Shop Chronicles:  a new play by Inua Ellams.

Revolving around five African cities, Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra, and London this is a funny, heart-warming and insightful Play.

There's a unique relationship between the Barber at the guy having a hair cut, for generations African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world, often like a confession box, they are places to go for unofficial advice, where to keep in touch with the world and to have banter, discuss the football and they can be political too.

Barber Shop Chronicles is Inua Ellams' third play at the National, following the exhilarating The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection.

The show opens on 30th May - 8th July at the National Theatre London then West Yorkshire Playhouse 12 – 29 July.

There are also accompanying talks and events associated with the play. 

In Depth – Working as a Producer Fri 19 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm

In Context – Spoken Word and Monologues in Black Theatre Sat 10 June

Inua Ellams on Barber Shop Chronicles Mon 19 June, 6.30pm

Men and Mental Health Tue 20 June, 6pm

The play is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.