How about a shave? APR teams up with the Sinister Barber at the Joburg production of Sweeney Todd

How about a shave? APR teams up with the Sinister Barber at the Joburg production of Sweeney Todd

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How about a shave?

The team at APR recently teamed with Crabtree & Evelyn South Africa, Pieter Toerien Productions at Monte Casino and Morgan Price (aka the Sinister Barber Structured Stylist) to entertain the audience on opening night of the grizzly production of Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Morgan, a hair stylist and barber operates from The Crow’s Nest barbershop and tattoo studio in Joburg’s leafy suburb of Parkwood.

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A shaving station was set up in the lobby of the theatre and Morgan did a live, good old-fashioned hot shave on audience members. He explained that these days, due to health and safety concerns, barbers don’t use the old cut-throat razor as used by the infamous Sweeney Todd. Instead he uses one that looks like the old cut-throat but with a modern design that incorporates disposable blades, and each blade is replaced with a new one after use.

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It may be more hygienic but it’s no less sharp! Crucial to ensuring the skin (and any nicks or cuts) are treated, Morgan reached for an Edwin Jagger Alum Block. Alum is the original antiseptic aftershave. It is dampened before use and rubbed onto the face to close the pores and leave the face feeling smooth.

In all, the live shave was a hit – both men and women were fascinated with this grooming ritual that even when done under the banner of a mass-murdering barber, retains its dapper, old-fashioned gentlemanly air.

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