The Royal Exchange Theatre and Contact present a co-production between Fuel, the National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse
For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops. Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes they listen, more often than not they talk. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, preacher-pulpits and football pitches... places to go for unofficial advice, and to keep in touch with the world.
Fuel has produced Inua Ellams’ work for theatre since his debut play nine years ago. Barber Shop Chronicles is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful play, set in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London. The play invites the audience into a uniquely masculine environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling.
The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures, they are the glue that keeps men together.
★★★★'This wonderful new play is a revelation' The Times (National Theatre 2017)
Co-commissioned by Fuel and the National Theatre. Development funded by Arts Council England with the support of Fuel, National Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, The Binks Trust, British Council ZA, Òran Mór and A Play, a Pie and a Pint.
VENUE: The Theatre
PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 7 March - Saturday 23 March 2019
TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £18.50
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AGE RECOMMENDATION: 12+
RUNNING TIME: 1 hours and 45 minutes, no interval.
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WRITER Inua Ellams
DIRECTOR Bijan Sheibani
DESIGNER Rae Smith
SOUND DESIGNER Gareth Fry
LIGHTING DESIGNER Jack Knowles
CHOREOGRAPHER Aline David
Tuesday 12 March, following 7.30pm show.
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Like an informal, friendly book club, but for plays
Saturday 23 March, 5.00pm - 7.30pm
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Thursday 21 March, 10.30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6 / Concessions £4
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