Events this week

The Barber Shop
reading and performance by Inua Ellams

Thursday 22 February, 7 – 8pm

Autograph ABP / London / UK

£3

Alongside Faisal Abdu’Allah gold-plated barbers chair, poet and playwright Inua Ellams will read his essay Cutting Through. This is an anecdotal and humorous description of Ellams’ experiences travelling through Africa comparing barbershops: a research trip which ultimately led to him writing the Barber Shop Chronicles a play recently staged at the National Theatre in London.

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Duppy Conqueror and the Barber’s Chair

Tuesday 27 February, 7.00 – 8.30pm

Autograph ABP / London / UK

£3

A panel of distinguished guests from mental health and cultural sectors, chaired by arts and health practitioner Errol Francis, will debate issues relating to the cultural significance of the barbershop, which in recent years has been the subject of increasing attention from artists, public health and social researchers. It has also been the subject of mental health-related research, which has investigated whether the barbershop could be a therapeutic space.

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