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Full casting announced for Barber Shop Chronicles at the Roundhouse and on tour

Casting news

INUA Ellams’ hit play Barber Shop Chronicles has marked its 250th performance 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 (July 18 to August 24, 2019).

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.

Newsroom, political platform, local hot-spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium – for generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world.

This dynamic play journeys from a barber shop in London, to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

The cast for both the Roundhouse and autumn tour features 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 Eziashi and David Webber have been with the show since the world premiere at the National Theatre in 2017.

A Fuel, National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse co-production in association with the Roundhouse, Barber Shop Chronicles is directed by Bijan Sheibani, designed by Rae Smith, with lighting design by Jack Knowles, movement direction by Aline David and sound design by Gareth Fry.

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. Inua Ellams will also present his well-established spoken word and hip-hop night R.A.P. Party on August 11.

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

For more details about Fades, Braids & Identity, visit www.roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/.

Following the Roundhouse dates, Barber Shop Chronicles will visit Birmingham Repertory Theatre (September 26 -28), Oxford Playhouse (October 9 – 12), Eden Court, Inverness (October 16 – 19), Edinburgh Lyceum (October 23 – November 9), Nuffield Southampton Theatres (November 13 – 16) and Leeds Playhouse (November 20 – 23, 2019).

Spring 2019 tour.