Alternate Title Barbershop Chronicles
Production Language English
Country of Origin Nigeria, England
Description A sold-out sensation, Barber Shop Chronicles explores the diversity of Black male identity through the intimate community of the barber shop, where African men have gathered for generations to discuss the world and their lives. Inspired by Nigerian-born playwright Inua Ellams’ own experiences as an immigrant, Barber Shop Chronicles follows the conversations and concerns of a group of African men as they interact in six different barber shops in London, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Kampala, and Harare. The all-male, 12-person cast riffs on topics both personal and political—from family to race relations to views about fatherhood and masculinity. Music and dance knit together the individual episodes in this fast-paced production. A mastery of humor, pace, and wit, the story takes place over a single day as characters, jokes, and plotlines traverse continents and cultures.