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The Barber and the Ark is a radio play by Marcia Layne. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 05 August 2010, as an installment of the Afternoon Play[1].

The play was nominated for the Richard Imison Memorial Award in 2011.


Issachar has been given an ultimatum by Yvonne, either the dreadlocks go or she does. But the veteran barber he visits has other ideas. Over a bottle of his 'special ingredient roots tonic' the barber shares his dream of discovering the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. A dream that will change Isaachar's life.


  • Issachar ..... Everal A. Walsh
  • Errol ..... Ram John Holder
  • Yvonne ..... Kay Purcell
  • Malachi ..... Tachia Newall
  • Abdullah ..... Faz Singhateh
  • Directed by Nadia Molinari

Critical Reception[]

"It was a lovely little parable but life is never that tidy..." - Moira Petty, The Stage[2]