COLOURFUL
All Night Long Now: All Night Long
Email Me
Call +44 (0) 203 239 7575
Colourful Breakfast Next: Colourful Breakfast
Starts 7AM

TREE TREE
5 Star - TREE is boldly immersive, beautifully created and masterfully told

01/08/2019 7PM | REVIEW | Jacqueline Malcolm


TREE is boldly immersive, beautifully created and masterfully told.


When A-list actor, producer and director Idris Elba and the Young Vic’s Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah decided to collaborate I wonder if even they realised the sheer brilliance their union was about to unleash into London’s theatre world?


TREE is the perfect title for this powerful story which is told to us in a fusion of dance, movement, sounds and drama. It starts with the not-to-be-missed pre-show where members of the audience are invited to join the cast on stage and simply enjoy the space and the vibrancy of the moment. But we soon discover that this interaction is all necessary toward building the audience consent with this very interactive and immersive piece of work. The opening narration spoken directly to the audience sums it up superbly, ‘For the duration of our story, you will be everybody and everything. The dead, the living, the sun, the moon, the clap of thunder, the people oppressed and those oppressing. Are you ready?’


TREE tells the story of Kaelo (Alfred Enoch) who, at the death of his mother, Cezanne (Lucy Briggs-Owen) returns to South Africa that he might scatter her ashes on the grave of his father, Lundi (Kurt Egyiawan). But upon arrival he is met by a somewhat unwelcoming grandmother, Elzebe (Sinead Cusack) and a swarm of ancestors who visit him in his dreams revealing to him the secrets held within the land itself. His chance meeting with his grand-father, Gweki (Patrice Naiambana) and the unravelling of his hostile relationship with his half-sister, Ofentse (Joan Iyiola) brings Kaelo to a final life altering discovery of not only his father and his legacy and the breakdown of the relationship between his own mother and grandmother, but more importantly, an understanding of his own authentic self.


TREE is masterful storytelling that goes way beyond the normal confines and restrictions of UK theatre. It is innovative, boldly immersive and openly invites us all to return to our roots so we might connect with each other on a deeper level.


Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and co-written by Idris Elba, TREE is a hugely successful innovative piece of immersive work that is culturally diverse both on and off the stage.


 

go
+1

Related Gallery

TREE

Related - review

TREE

5 Star - TREE is boldly immersive, beautifully created and masterfully told


01/08/2019 7PM | REVIEW | More
Barber Shop Chronicles

4 Stars - Barber Shop Chronicles successfully provokes way more than just laughter


18/07/2019 7PM | REVIEW | More
Othello Remixed

5 Stars For Othello Remixed - A Refreshing Modern Take On A Shakespeare Classic


28/06/2019 7PM | REVIEW | More
What Was Left

A play that authentically speaks to the struggle of the evolving millennial


19/06/2019 3PM | REVIEW | More
Bronx Gothic

Bronx Gothic is a play to be watched. And then to be watched again.


01/06/2019 7PM | REVIEW | More
The Firm

Without a gang you’re just an orphan…


03/05/2019 7PM | REVIEW | More
Death Of A Salesman

5 Stars - Making the Loman Family Black made ‘Death of a Salesman’ even Stronger


01/05/2019 7PM | REVIEW | More
Night Of The Living Dead Live

Created For No Other Reason Than For Pure Entertainment!


16/04/2019 11AM | REVIEW | More
Dream of A King

At last… a play about Martin Luther King Jr, from his own perspective… in his own voice!


19/03/2019 4PM | REVIEW | More
Hadestown

Hadestown; much more than musical theatre…


28/11/2018 7PM | REVIEW | More
Out of the System

Proved that Words Really Are Overrated…


12/10/2018 6PM | REVIEW | More
New Nigerians by Oladipo Agboluaje

POLITICS, RELATIONSHIPS… AND ONE GIGANTIC SPLIFF!!


10/09/2018 8PM | REVIEW | More
Year of the Rooster Monk

A powerfully poignant piece, beautifully executed.


31/05/2018 8PM | REVIEW | More
The Fall

A Brilliant Use Of Storytelling To Address The Subject Of A Dying Generation That Is Too Often Avoided.


11/05/2018 7PM | REVIEW | More
Circus Abyssinia Ethiopian Dreams

A celebration of childhood with a plethora of bumbling hilarious clowns, mesmerising contortionists and masterful jugglers.


03/05/2018 11AM | REVIEW | More
Cinderella

A Dazzling Glitzy Extravaganza to get even the Grinch into the Christmas Spirit


10/12/2017 1PM | REVIEW | More
Hashtag Lightie

Relevant, modern and socially conscious play.


14/11/2017 8PM | REVIEW | More
Victory Condition

Victory Condition is unconventional, thought provoking with some great dialogue as long as you are able to keep your focus and are willing to accept that the beauty of the play is the total disconnection between the action and dialogue.


05/10/2017 7PM | REVIEW | More
Beowulf

Beowulf is a hugely gripping play with a cast of one.


01/10/2017 7PM | REVIEW | More
B

B is a clever and thoughtful piece of work, driven by penetrating monologues, that left me reflecting on the characters and the choices they had made long after I left the building.


28/09/2017 7PM | REVIEW | More
The Listening Room

The Listening Room offers a powerful, evocative evening of entertainment that is captivating, compelling and raw


19/09/2017 7PM | REVIEW | More