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Barber Shop Chronicles

18–28 January

A fresh, funny and honest play direct from London’s National Theatre
Partners
Create NSW British Council Sydney Morning Herald
Venue
Seymour Centre
York Theatre
Cnr Cleveland Street and City Road
Chippendale 2008
When

18, 19, 23, 25, 26 JANUARY AT 8PM
20 & 27 JANUARY AT 2PM & 8PM
21 & 28 JANUARY AT 5PM (SMH Q&A ON 21 JANUARY AT 6.45PM)
24 JANUARY AT 1PM & 8PM

Captioning: 21 January at 5pm
Audio described: 27 January at 2pm (Tactile tour at 12.30pm)
Auslan interpreted: 27 January at 8pm

Duration
105 MINS, NO INTERVAL
Tickets
Premium $89
A Reserve $79/$71
B Reserve $49/$44
+ booking fee

Sydney Festival
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Seymour Centre
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Ticketmaster
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Fuel, National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse | UK
Australian Premiere

 

For African men the world over, the barber shop is more than a place to get a shave and a haircut. It’s a place to hear news, share views and talk politics, women and sport. It’s a place where a man can let down his guard, blow off steam, and leave looking sharp and feeling reinvigorated. The Nigerian-born, UK-based poet, designer and playwright Inua Ellams imagines these buzzing spaces on stage in a fresh, funny, truth-telling play, direct from the National Theatre in London.

The audience visits barber shops in London, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and Johannesburg to eavesdrop on individual problems, common obsessions, the complex legacies of colonialism and jokes without borders. This acclaimed production, directed by Bijan Sheibani and showcasing some of the finest acting talent in Britain, comes to Sydney direct from a successful UK run.

“★★★★★ Rich and exhilarating. A fascinating peek into the barber shop” The Stage

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Note: Lockout period applies. This performance contains haze.

Book your ticket for Sunday 21 January at 5pm to take part in a Sydney Morning Herald Q&A With the Artists after the performance, and get a deeper insight into the work.

Photo: Dean Chalkley

★★★★★ Joyous. Brilliantly acted. Life-affirming. Go
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