A Fuel, National Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production

Newsroom, local hot spot, confessional and football stadium. For generations African men have gathered at the barber to talk shop, family, race, music and sport. Now you can take a fly-on-the-wall look at the goings on, in Inua Ellams’ latest production direct from a sell-out season at London’s National Theatre.

The Barber chroniclesTake a fast-paced journey from London across Africa and be transported inside six barber shops over the course of a single day. Meet the crew and share in their stories. Whether it’s London, Jo’burg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos or Accra, the banter is barbed and the truth is right in front of the mirror.The barber chronicles2

Heart warming and hilarious, Barber Shop Chronicles explores the stuff of life with sharp insight, upbeat music and laugh-out-loud humour. You’ll be entertained. You’ll be enlightened. And you’ll feel like you’ve made some new friends.

An ambitious piece and so life-affirmingly realised. Go.’

– The Independent (UK)

We’re in a barbershop full of African men chatting, cutting hair, joshing with the audience and chilling to music. A Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona is on the TV; the late American rapper Tupac is on the stereo. It’s instantly, compulsively convivial.’

— The Telegraph (UK)

The rock’n’roll circus

With thrilling acrobatic feats, the show makes performers and audiences gurgle together in the shared pleasure of the moment.’

French circus– The Guardian (UK)

Get set for a heart-in-your mouth, edge-of-your seat adrenaline rush as the thrilling acrobats of France’s Compagnie XY perform in Australia for the very first time.

A circus collective renowned around the world for pushing the limits of physical ability and bringing poetry to the body in motion, the XY style is daring, gasp-iFrench circus2nducing stunts. Il n’est pas encore minuit … (It’s not yet midnight …) features exhilarating acrobatic feats from 22 performers who will have your jaw dropping in wonder. They flip and dive through the air defying the laws of physics and create multi-storey human towers to have you holding your breath. It begins with the chaos and rumble of an all-in brawl that gradually emerges into a study in cooperation and trust.

With awesome strength and physicality, injected with humour and backed by the sounds of a 1920s jazz club, this is must-see circus for everyone.

The rock’n’roll circus where everything’s possible.’