In a new play at the National's Dorfman Theatre by poet/playwright by Inua Ellams, we journey from a barber shop in London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra to hear the chronicles of conversations. Ellams was inspired by a real initiative to counter high suicide rates among black men by giving barbers basic training in counselling. Though the project didn't get funding, he went out to speak candidly to men in barbershops across six different cities before drawing together The Barber Shop Chronicles. The play draws together the copious, unseen stories and puts them in the spotlight.
Having already made his name at the National Theatre with The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection, Inua Ellams is just as well known as a performance poet (check out Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All-Stars on Youtube for a taste of his lyricism).
His Ted Talk on 'Redefining Black Masculinity' is a combination of emotional clout and eloquence, reflecting on the ways in which vulnerability is repressed. It describes the motivations and creative process for this play and announces the arrival of a vital voice in the National Theatre's new season.
Public booking for The Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre opens at 8:30am on Friday 24 February.
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|What||Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre|
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
30 May 17 – 08 Jul 17, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£15 - £40|
|Website||Click here to book via the National Theatre|