Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah have created a spectacular show for MIF

Tree is an electrifying new blend of drama, music and dance created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

By Alex Watson | 18 June 2019

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The collaboration of the two world-class artists follows one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa with music is inspired by Elba’s first album, Mi Mandela.

Tree is an exhilarating show about identity, family and belonging, seen through the eyes of one man on the toughest journey of his life.

The story follows Kaleo, played by Harry Potter and How to Get Away with Murder star, Alfred Enoch. Kaleo is forced to visit his parent’s homeland for the first time after a family tragedy. He must confront hidden histories and right the wrongs of the past. But first, he must face the present: a shattered family, fighting to hold on to what they believe is theirs, in a nation haunted by the ghosts of its own turbulent past.

Artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Idris Elba have wanted to work together for years, this joint ambition makes a piece of work inspired by South Africa and investigates the new universe that has sprung up after Mandela.

Tree will premiere this summer at Manchester International Festival before transferring to London’s Young Vic.


Tree at MIF

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Venue: Upper Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Avenue Arcade, M3 4FN
When: Thursday 4th – Saturday 13th July
Time: 8pm
Cost: Tickets from £30