Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a cross art form practitioner, a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of the Midnight Run – an international, arts-filled, night-time, playful, urban, walking experience. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a designer at White Space Creative Agency.

Across his work, Identity, Displacement and Destiny are recurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional african storytelling with contemporary poetry, pencil with pixel, texture with vector images. His three pamphlets of poetry are published by Flipped Eye and Akashic Books, and several plays by Oberon.

Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles is Inua Ellams’ third play at the National Theatre. This dynamic new piece leaps between barber shops in London and five African cities. International news room, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops to dissect, discuss and discover the world.

CUT Festival will be presenting a sneak preview, with the Director, Bijan Sheibani, through an excerpt read by the cast, on Saturday 25th February.

Barber Shop Chronicles is at the National Theatre, 30th May – 8th July, and West Yorkshire Playhouse, 12th – 29th July, produced by Fuel, National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Saturday 25th February, 4pm
Toynbee Studios


Photo: Dean Chalkley


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