Center for African Studies brings 'Barber Shop Chronicles' to Cambridge

Barber Shop Chronicles arrives in Cambridge as part of its US premiere tour following critically acclaimed runs at London’s National Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse from Dec 5, 2018 to Jan 5, 2019. The play is proudly presented to you with support from the Center for African Studies and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.

Newsroom and political platform, confession box and stadium—for generations, barber shops have been places where African men gather to discuss the world. Leaping from London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra, Inua Ellams’ dynamic new play traces the global ties between these spaces where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

Barbershop Chronicles Poster

Nigerian-born poet-playwright Inua Ellams spent weeks traveling around England and Africa researching Barber Shop Chronicles. “I wanted to create something which centered African identity, but not African-American identity,” he said.

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Barber Shop Chronicles

December 5, 2018 – January 5, 2019

By Inua Ellams

Directed by Bijan Sheibani

Design by Rae Smith

A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production