Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester, North West, United Kingdom

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 20:00 to Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 20:00

Created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah

Tree takes you on a thrilling journey in search of the soul and spirit of contemporary South Africa. Created by Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, the dynamic new Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, this major world-premiere production takes place in the round within Upper Campfield Market Hall, one of Manchester’s most atmospheric spaces.

Music, dance and film combine with an exciting cast to explore the past, present and future of this country at a crossroads – all through the eyes of one young man on a journey of healing.

“Kwame and I have both had a strong desire to work with each other for a long time now, we’ve known each other since we were in our very early twenties and have talked about the kernel of an idea for this show for a while. Our joint ambition being to make a piece of work inspired by South Africa, using the album Mi Mandela as a starting point. We’ve both experienced personal moments of healing connected with the country and we’re starting to explore that together. For me, an interesting part of the process is looking at the next part of the story; the new universe that sprung up after Mandela. To be able to investigate that with Kwame, a writer with such tremendous vision for whom I have great respect and love, and within the artistic community of MIF, is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time.” Idris Elba

“The idea of dancing with a friend whose art and ideas have inspired me for as long as we have known each other, simply thrills me. To bring this work to MIF and the Young Vic is as exciting as it gets for me.” Kwame Kwei-Armah

A Manchester International Festival, Young Vic and Green Door Pictures co-production.

Photo by Maarten de Boer/Contour by Getty Images.


Idris Elba (United Kingdom), Kwame Kwei-Armah (United Kingdom)
United Kingdom
North West
Upper Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Avenue Arcade, Manchester, M3 4FH
Part of: 
04 July 2019 to 21 July 2019

MIF19 - Manchester International Festival 2019