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See 'Barbershop Chronicles' at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

TALES TO TELL: 'Barbershop Chronicles' is coming to the north

THE EVER-PRESENT cultural trope of the black barbershop has not diminished in its visibility or relevance since Ice Cube released the first Barbershop movie in 2002 and will continue this summer with the release of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Barber Shop Chronicles, which will show in the north as well as London.

Oxford University alumnus and National Theatre associate director Bijan Sheibani intends to portray male African characters of all ages as they enjoy and are sometimes challenged by, the conversations that take place amid the hum of the clippers.

Encompassing London, Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra, the play will allow characters to share tales from their own unique perspectives.

Written by 32-year-old Nigerian playwright and poet Inua Ellams, Barber Shop Chronicles follows his previous works, The 14th Tale and Black T-shirt Collection.

The strong cast includes The Girl with All the Gifts’ Fisayo Akinade and Anthony Welsh, Peaky Blinders’ Peter Bankole, award-winning Maynard Eziashi, Patrice Naiambana (Spectre), Cyril Nri of The Bill fame and Casualty’s Abdul Salis.

As well as a run in London, Barber Shop Chronicles will run at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 12 – 29 July 2017. In addition, several talks will accompany the run, including a talk with writer Inua Ellams on 19 July at 6.30pm and In Context – Spoken Word and Monologues in Black Theatre on 10 June from 2-5pm.

For more information and tickets, click here.

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