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.