Sat 29 June — Wed 10 July
Upper Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Avenue Arcade, M3 4FH
90 minutes (approx.)
webBreak 8pm Evenings webBreak 4.30pm Matinees
webBreak £30 Previews Sat 29 - Wed 3 webBreak £35 Full Price webBreak Concessions £5 off webBreak £10 Greater Manchester resident lower waged webBreak £2 transaction fee per order (no per ticket fee) webBreak webBreak Standing Event
Recommended 14+, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
- Upper Campfield Market Hall is a large former industrial building in central Manchester. It is close to Deansgate Station and Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink.
- There is step free, flat-floor access to all areas of the event.
- There are toilets on site, including accessible facilities.
- This will be a standing event. There will be wheelchair spaces and reserved accessible seating available for those with access requirements and we anticipate that we will be offering some captioned performances.
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- If you make an access booking, we will contact you before the performance with detailed access information.
- We welcome specific access enquires. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our dedicated access number on 0161 817 4547.
Set & Costume Design - Jon Bausor
Sound Design - Paul Arditti
Video Design - Duncan McLean
Music Supervisor/Composer - Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
Choreographer - Gregory Maqoma
Casting Director - Pippa Ailion CDG
Created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah
Casting to be announced in due course.
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.
quoteStart “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.” citeStart Idris Elba citeEnd quoteEnd
quoteStart “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.” citeStart Kwame Kwei-Armah citeEnd quoteEnd
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Venue subject to licence.
With many thanks to James Ngcobo at the Market Theatre Johannesburg.
A Manchester International Festival, Young Vic and Green Door Pictures co-production.
Photo by Maarten de Boer/Contour by Getty Images.