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Barbershop Chronicles celebrates its 250th performance

INUA ELLAMS’ hit play Barber Shop Chronicles marked its 250th performance yesterday (May 13) by announcing new autumn dates and a special programme of work Fades, Braids & Identity which will run alongside the season at the Roundhouse in London, opening in nine weeks.

The overwhelmingly successful Barber Shop Chronicles returns to London for the first time since its premiere in 2017, playing two sold out runs at the National Theatre and acclaimed performances at Leeds Playhouse. It has subsequently toured across Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada.

Featuring work from the creators of Hot Brown Honey, Selina Thompson, Ruth Sutoyé, and Julian Knox as well as a resident barber from Hackney’s renowned SliderCuts, Fades, Braids & Identity champions the stories of black and brown artists, exploring and expanding on the themes of the play, from race, gender and identity to the importance and politics of black hair culture.

This season of events will present acclaimed artists alongside emerging talent to engage with new audiences and to open new conversations reflecting the themes Inua Ellams explores in Barber Shop Chronicles.

Much of the work focuses on the voices of femmes of colour; Hive City Legacy is an unapologetic satire bringing together redefined narratives and social activism to confront Femme experiences across race, sexuality and mental health, Bald Black Girl(s) looks at the experiences of bald black women and their own relationship with barbers and Selina Thompson presents Race Cards, inviting audiences to ask her questions about race.

Throughout Fades, Braids & Identity, the Roundhouse will also welcome a collection of African fusion food pop-ups blending Nigerian, Ghanaian and South African cuisines.

The cast for both the Roundhouse and autumn tour has also been announced featuring: existing cast members Maynard Eziashi, Adé Dee Haastrup, Emmanuel Ighodaro, Demmy Ladipo, Mohammed Mansaray, Anthony Ofoegbu, David Webber, and incoming cast members Micah Balfour, Okorie Chukwu, Tom Moutchi, Elmi Rashid Elmi, and Eric Shango. Both Maynard and David have been with the show since the world premiere at the National Theatre in 2017.

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