Inua Ellams

Barber Shop Chronicles Nov 1, 2018 to Nov 3, 2018

BUY TICKETS The Moore Theatre

Thu, Nov 1, 7:30 pm
Fri, Nov 2, 8 pm
Sat, Nov 3, 3 pm
Sat, Nov 3, 8 pm

Presented by Seattle Theatre Group at The Moore Theatre, in association with On the Boards.


One day. Six cities. A thousand stories.

For generations, African men have gathered in barber shops. Sometimes they have haircuts, sometimes they listen, more often than not they talk. Barber shops are confession boxes, political platforms, preacher-pulpits and football pitches...places to go for unofficial advice, and to keep in touch with the world.

Fuel has produced Inua Ellams’ work for theater since his debut play nine years ago. BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES is a heart-warming, hilarious and insightful new play, set in Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, Accra and London. The play invites the audience into a uniquely masculine environment where the banter may be barbed, but the truth always telling.

The barbers of these tales are sages, role models and father figures, they are the glue that keeps men together.

Seattle Theatre Group is pleased to offer OtB subscribers discounted tickets for this performance! Single tickets can be purchased at; OtB subscribers will receive a discount code in their subscriber packets or can contact the Box Office for more information.  
206-217-9886 ext. 1019 (Tue–Fri, 12–4 pm)

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Watch the trailer

Inua Ellams: Barber Shop Chronicles


About the Artist

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a cross-artform practitioner, a poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist, designer and founder of the Midnight Run — a nocturnal urban excursion. He’s a Complete Works poet alumni and a designer at White Space Creative Agency. Inua Ellams’ previous plays produced by Fuel at the National Theatre include The 14th Tale (Fringe First award) and Black T-Shirt Collection. Other plays include The Riddler (Theatre503); Knight Watch (Fuel at Greenwich + Docklands Festival); Mostly Like Blue (Islington Community Theatre); Cape (Unicorn); among many others.