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MIF : TREE Created by Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah

  • Upper Campfield Market Hall Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester, M3 4FH United Kingdom (map)
Photo: Marc Brenner

Photo: Marc Brenner

Tree by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah will be at this year’s Manchester International Festival

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.

Directed by Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, with music inspired by Elba’s 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.

With Christian Bradley, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Sinéad Cusack, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola, Anthony Matsena, Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Andile Sotiya.

  • Kwame Kwei-Armah – Director

  • Gregory Maqoma – Choreographer

  • Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante – Music Supervisor & Composer

  • Jon Bausor – Set & Costume Designer

  • Jon Clark – Lighting Designer

  • Paul Arditti – Sound Designer

  • Duncan McLean – Video Designer

  • Mongiwekhaya – Dramaturg

  • Pippa Ailion CDG – Casting Director

  • Paul Morris – Associate Director

A Manchester International Festival, Young Vic 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.

Standing tickets: The audience is placed, standing, at the heart of the action, with the performance unfolding around it. If you have access requirements which means you cannot stand for the duration of the performance, please contact our Ticketing Team for seated ticket options.

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The Manchester International Festival (MIF) takes place from 4-21 July 2019, with artists from across the globe creating an enormous variety of new work in spaces throughout the city.

Bringing together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which are staged in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. MIF work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of our projects possible and guarantees that they have a life after each Festival has ended.

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VENUE: Upper Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Avenue Arcade, M3 4FH