Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s electrifying new blend of drama, music and dance follows one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa – with the audience at the centre of the action.
It’s just 12 hours from London to his parents’ homeland, but to Kaleo (Alfred Enoch), South Africa is another world. A family tragedy finally forces him to visit for the first time – and as he takes his journey of healing, Kaleo 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.
Tree is an exhilarating show about identity, family and belonging, seen through the eyes of a man on the toughest journey of his life.
Created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah
Based on the album mi Mandela, with original development by Tori Allen-Martin & Sarah Henley
Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
A Young Vic, Manchester International Festival and Green Door Pictures co-production.
In association with Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Bob Benton for Anthology Theatre, Eilene Davidson Productions and Dawn Smalberg for Ragovoy Entertainment.