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    Witness a safe haven for men to gossip, seek advice and bare their souls, in Innua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles. The confluence of superb wit, brilliant acting, spectacular dance, and beautiful music, makes for an electrifying play, one that is suited for audiences of all age groups! An exceptional exploration of black masculinity, Barber Shop Chronicles has won universal critical acclaim and finely balances humour and reflection.

    Why Watch Barber Shop Chronicles

    Written by Inua Ellams, Barber Shop Chronicles are set in 6 different locations across the world. The play explores the lives of six different African men residing in six different parts of the world, although the barber-customer dynamics remain the same. Olivier Award-winner Bijan Sheibani is in charge of direction. Innua Ellams is a world-renowned playwright and poet and has won an Edinburgh Fringe First award for his one-man show The 14th Tale. Barber Shop Chronicles was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award in 2017 and has won universal acclaim from the audience and critics alike. Ellams is also a designer and graphic artist, and you can see a juxtaposition of textures, colours and vector images in his plays, as he tries to mix the old with the new.

    The changes of scene are beautifully choreographed as a formation dance and are absolutely breathtaking to see. The play is largely based on Ellams’ own life, and the challenges he had to face when younger. Ellams has captured the cadence and culture of various African nations wonderfully and has used real-life interactions to string together the play. What makes it special is that it cuts through the vital issues with incredible emotional clout and eloquence, something that is rarely seen on stage. Do not miss this eye-opening play that delves into the conversation of a barbershop!

    The Story

    Six different locations, Lagos, London, Kampala, Harare, Accra, and Kampala are explored over the course of a single day. Barbershops are more than just places for a haircut, but also enterprises where African men feel free to speak about anything and everything on their minds. A football match between Barcelona and Chelsea is being played on television. Topics range from racism in football and supporting a team to role models and girlfriend troubles.

    A barber is woken up at 6 AM by someone who is in a desperate need for a haircut for a job interview. The customer does not have enough money to pay for the haircut, and somehow convinces his way out. At London, there is a tension between a young barber Samuel and his colleague Emmanuel regarding Emmanuel’s former business partner, Samuel’s father. Samuel blames Emmanuel for his father’s predicament, as uncomfortable revelations are made. Follow the stories of these characters, as they attempt to navigate through their lives.

    Good for

    Lovers of Introspective Plays | Innua Ellams Fans | Fans of Social Dramas

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    Cancellation policy

    These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

    Reviews

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    Prateik Singh

    Prateik

    4/5

    Jan, 2020

    Easy service to use and the customer service rep was friendly
    venice villiers

    Venice

    4/5

    Jan, 2020

    good memory with friends. smooth booking
    נתנאל קסטן

    נתנאל

    5/5

    Jan, 2020

    Easy quick and great communication
    Rachel Robson

    Rachel

    5/5

    Jan, 2020

    Loved every minute of the experience! Good job guys
    Manuel Rodrigo Muñoz Pereira

    Manuel

    5/5

    Jan, 2020

    The ease of booking process and its reliability is very good. Will use again!

    Show Details

    Show Timings

    Monday - Saturday 8:00 PM
    Thursday & Saturday 3:00 PM

    Duration
    1 hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission

    Leading Roles
    Maynard Eziashi
    Adé Dee Haastrup
    Emmanuel Ighodaro
    Demmy Ladipo

    Directed by
    Bijan Sheibani

    Design by
    Rae Smith

    Sound by
    Gareth Fry

    Know Before You Go

    Audience
    Suitable for ages 12+

    Available Facilities
    Wheelchair accessible
    Infrared audio enhancement

    Seating
    The Roundhouse Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,700.

    Outside Food
    Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

    Dress Code
    Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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