Take an electric journey through the lives of men in six African cities through the eyes of their local barber - the "beacon" of their community. As we commute between the (mostly) patient barbers in the various cities, we are introduced to a number of interesting characters in order to rearrange their noggins in the course of a day.
From a long debate about whose fault it is that a customer has growing hair to the fact that "40% of white South Africans do not believe that apartheid was wrong," the discussions range from silly to extremely serious , They are based on the truth, inspired by 60-hour shots that the director made during his research in Africa. But the glue that holds it together is real comedy and brilliantly rich characters; Laughter is the main offer of this piece.
The script, with the help of writer Inua Ellams, shines with a few lines like "Do you know the largest tribe in Nigeria? Chelsea fans. "And" your father spoke with his hands? "Yes, but it was the wrong language. "The direction is also razor-sharp, with the physical reactions to the story as important as the script, and great choreography and powerful vocals help us move from one city to another." The Roundhouse goes really well with this piece, the audience sat on the edge of the whole, waiting for a cut.
The most surprising discovery is Demmy Lapido. With only two credits in the biography of his actor, he offers an incredible outstanding performance. While the serious explanation of a character describes the story of the n-word - with the audience holding on to each word with bated breath - Demmy's airborne character interrupts with, "Can not you see that everyone is bored?" And the entire audience collapses hysteria. But the overall and expansive cast is fantastic - with all the actors (including some familiar faces) playing multiple and varied characters, rather than a single dud performance. All actors throw their heart and soul into their performances and let us shine from ear to ear.
It is rare to attend a performance with such a dedicated and diverse audience, and we can not help but feel that the theater is made for it. It is a masterpiece. What's next for director Bijan Sheibani? We recommend ladies studios.
Barber Chronicles, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH. Tickets from £ 15 to 24 August 2019.
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