"This is a joyous piece of theatre."

The Independent, London

Theater
Barber Shop Chronicles
Bay Area Premiere
A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production
by Inua Ellams
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
Designed by Rae Smith

A work the Times of London called a "joyous, surprising, moving production," Barber Shop Chronicles explores the diversity of black male identity through the rituals and verbal banter of the urban barbershop. The cast riffs on topics both personal and political—from family to race relations to views about fatherhood and masculinity—as we eavesdrop on conversations in six different barbershops in London, Lagos, Johannesburg, Accra, Kampala, and Harare over the course of a single day. Created by Nigerian-born, UK-based poet and playwright Inua Ellams, the play has been a sold-out sensation in multiple London runs, resonating with audiences and critics alike for its deeply engaging sense of humor and humanity.

Approximate run time: 1 hour and 45 minutes without intermission



This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Citizenship. Learn more and watch videos >


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Parking will be a problem on campus for the Oct 27 performance due to a Cal Football game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.

Related Events

Artist Talk
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, 12pm
Multicultural Community Center, 220 ASUC Student Union: Martin Luther King Jr. Building
With Barber Shop Chronicles playwright Inua Ellams. Presented in association with the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center and in cooperation with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free and open to the public and ADA accessible. Join the Facebook Event!

Community Forum
Thu, Oct 25, 2018, 7pm
Benny Adem Grooming Parlor, 408 14th Street, Oakland
Featuring a video and dialogue with actors from the production of Barber Shop Chronicles. The actors will address themes of the play: the connective/bonding power of citizenship; community, connections, and commonality in African diaspora communities; and contemporary Black masculinity. Presented in association with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Benny Adem Grooming Parlor, Africanity Love, Priority Africa Network, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free and open to the public, but RSVP required. Join the Facebook Event!

Catharsis Café
Fri, Oct 26, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. Free to ticket holders.

Catharsis Café
Sat, Oct 27, 2018, 10pm
Zellerbach Hall Lobby Mezzanine
Join fellow audience members for a post-performance discussion and reception. Free to ticket holders.

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Program Notes

Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.