Barber Shop is back

FUEL is performing its production of Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles at Bristol Old Vic until Saturday 18th May, as part of an extensive UK tour.

For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. It has become their newsroom, political platform, local hotspot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

The production, which leaps from a barber shop in Peckham to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra over the course of a single day, is directed by Bijan Sheibani and designed by Rae Smith.

The cast includes Maynard Ezi­ashi, Mohammed Mansaray, Anth­ony Ofoegbu, Jo Servi and David Webber returning to the production from its first run, now joined by Michael Balo­gun, Tobi Bam­tefa, Adé Dee Haastrup, Emm­an­uel Ighodaro, Demmy Ladipo, Rudolphe Mdlong­wa and Elander Moore.

This co-production between Fuel, the National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse also stops at Southamp­ton in November.