Playwright Inua Ellams explores African masculinity in ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’


London-based playwright and poet Inua Ellams’ acclaimed play “Barber Shop Chronicles,” set against the backdrop of barbershop conversations in cities across Africa and London, is coming to the U.S. for the first time with a stop at Seattle’s Moore Theatre from Nov. 1-3.

Masculinity. Vulnerability. Belonging. These are some of the themes London-based poet, playwright, graphic artist and performer Inua Ellams explores in his cross-cultural, cross-continental creative works. Born in Nigeria in 1984, Ellams’ childhood experience as an immigrant in London shaped his artistic evolution and identity. 

Ellams’ acclaimed play, “Barber Shop Chronicles,” set against the backdrop of barbershop conversations in cities across Africa and London, is coming to the U.S. for the first time with a…

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