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Directed by Kwame 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. 

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.

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Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Songs by:
Michael Asante
Jon Clark
Paul Arditti
Jon Bausor
Gregory Maqoma
Jon Bausor
Cast list:
Christian Bradley, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Sinéad Cusack, Kurt Edyiawan, Alfred Enoch, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola, Anthony Matsena, Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana, Mbulelo Ndabeni and Andile Sotiya.

Young Vic

66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ
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Tree Customer reviews

Our Tree Review

If you’re hoping to arrive at the Young Vic early and have a leisurely perusal of the programme pre-show at Tree, think again. As I made my way down towards the stage, all I could see was the grinning artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah throwing some shapes welcoming people to the space, as actors and audience cut up the dancefloor stage to bone-rattling bass.

Latest Tree News & Features

Friday Briefing: Writing scandal blooms around Tree, and how far should trigger warnings go?
Friday, 05 July, 2019

Barking up the wrong Tree? Tree, currently running as part of the Manchester International Festival at Upper Campfield Market Hall before it transfers to the Young Vic at the end of the month, was suddenly engulfed in a social media furore earlier this week, when two young writers Sarah Henley and Tori Allen-Martin posted a lengthy blog on Medium detailing how they'd been totally sidelined from the project after being involved with it for almost four years, since initiating it with actor Idris Elba.

Writer dispute erupts over Idris Elba play Tree at the Young Vic
Thursday, 04 July, 2019

Two playwrights have claimed they were removed from the production of Tree, a stage show based on an album by actor Idris Elba set to run at the Young Vic after premiering in Manchester, after working on the project for four years. In a lengthy post on Medium, Sarah Henley and Tori Allen-Martin detailed the process of writing Tree, from conceiving the idea with Elba in 2015, to being dismissed from the show late last year.

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