“Everything is real”: what the audience thought of Festival highlight Barber Shop ChroniclesBack to
If you haven’t seen Barber Shop Chronicles at the Seymour Centre yet, then you’re honestly missing out – it’s an invigorating and enlightening trip inside the culture of African barber shops from London to Johannesburg, Harare, Lagos and beyond, dipping into the particular culture and politics of each country, but also drawing out innate similarities between men all over the world.
Playwright Inua Ellams travelled to barber shops all over the African diaspora, remembering the stories and conversations he overheard, and weaving them together with poetic skill to tell a finely crafted story about what it means to be an African man.
Director Bijan Sheibani has turned it into a high energy theatre experience, powered by a thumping soundtrack of grime and African music with dance interludes between each poignant vignette.
But don’t take out word for it – hit play above to see what the audience thought.