‘An ambitious piece and so life-affirmingly realised. Go.’ The Independent
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.
Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre.
Duration: 1hr 45mins, no interval
Post Show Conversation
Sun 11 Feb, 6.45pm
Sat 17 Feb, 4.45pm
Age recommendation 12+
Coarse Language, loud sounds
Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break during the performance
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.
Awards & Reviews
‘We’re in a barbershop full of African men chatting, cutting hair, joshing with the audience and chilling to music. A Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona is on the TV; the late American rapper Tupac is on the stereo. It’s instantly, compulsively convivial.’
Dates, Times & Access
Transaction fees may apply
Cast & Crew
Sebastian Born, Tom Lyons