BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES is a new play by Inua Ellams. Previews from 30th May, press night 7th June, in repertoire until 8th July 2017.
A co-production with Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Directed by Bijan Sheibani.
Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world.
This dynamic new play journeys from a barber shop in London, to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.
Barber Shop Chronicles is Inua Ellams’ third play at the National, following the exhilarating The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection.
The cast includes Fisayo Akinade, Hammed Animashaun, Peter Bankole, Maynard Eziashi, Simon Manyonda, Patrice Naiambana, Cyril Nri, Kwami Odoom, Sule Rimi, Abdul Salis, David Webber, and Anthony Welsh.
The production is designed by Rae Smith with lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.
Barber Shop Chronicles will play at West Yorkshire Playhouse 12 – 29 July 2017.
Barber Shop Chronicles is 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.
The Dorfman Partner is Neptune Investment Management.
BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES
a new play by Inua Ellams
Previews from 30 May, press night 7 June, in repertoire until 8 July