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November 8, 2017
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As part of the UTS Big Thinking program at Sydney Festival 2018, the university has drafted in some of its finest minds to bring their specialist knowledge to bear on some shows.

Bruce Mutsvairo is an Associate Professor in Journalism Innovation at UTS, specialising in research on citizen journalism, social media activism and social movements in sub-Saharan Africa. Hit play above to watch him talk about the themes in Inua Ellams’ funny and energetic new play Barber Shop Chronicles – how African men are keen to take their sons to the barber shop because it’s not just a place to get a sharp fade, but also a place to meet, talk sports and women, and for older men to pass on their knowledge to younger men.

Barber Shop Chronicles goes inside barber shops from London, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and Johannesburg to eavesdrop on individual problems, common obsessions, the complex legacies of colonialism and jokes without borders.

“I think Barber Shop Chronicles is very important because it provides that window of opportunity for people to get to know other communities,” Mutsvairo says. “How they exist, how they co-exist. It’s another way of learning about different communities.”

Watch the video above – Barber Shop Chronicles plays at the Seymour Centre between 18 and 28 January. Book here.

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