Newsroom, political platform, local hot spot, confession box, preacher-pulpit and football stadium. For generations, black men have gathered in barber shops to discuss the world. Barber Shop Chronicles is a dynamic new play examining this cultural phenomenon, leaping from a barber shop in London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos and Accra. These are places where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling. The play, written by Inua Ellams, is showing at The National Theatre until 8th July before heading to West Yorkshire Playhouse from the 12th to 29th July. During the London dates, the production will be supported by a series of talks and events such as a discussion entitled Men and Mental Health, a screening of Chris Rock’s acclaimed documentary Good Hair and an examination of spoken word and monologues in Black theatre. Tickets are priced from £15 and can be booked here and here.